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Simply stated, there is a large number of people who believe the cross had origins with the ancient god "Tamus", and is somewhat related to a phallic symbol.

Can this claim be backed with proof?

Example article. http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/ARTB/k/471/Cross-Christian-Banner-Pagan-Relic.htm -- thus its stated the cross was 'adopted' by christians.

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Can you provide some links to those who are claiming this? –  curiousdannii Aug 3 at 7:10
    
I was told this by upbringing. –  1Up Aug 3 at 7:33
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about paganism, not about Christianity. –  Flimzy Aug 3 at 18:58
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Skeptics.se would accept this, if you can find a link that says it. You need "a notable claim" to be verified or rejected. –  fredsbend Aug 3 at 20:22
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I read the question as "How can one justify the Tamus origins of the cross." I basically see no relation to Christianity in that title. So.... basically christians have to defend that the cross is or is not from Tamus origins? On a QnA site about christianity? Hm. I think the better question to ask is if modern christianity adopted the cross from Tamus origins. But then the Bible clearly states..... –  Zoe Aug 4 at 5:10

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The Christian/Latin cross predates Christianity by far (to think, historically, that only Christianity established the cross would be foolish).

Now, to the question as to Tammuz being it's origin point - no, it did not originate with Tammuz. Why? Because Tammuz was not associated with a cross, but a taw/tav - a Hebrew letter that, at the time (being more Phoenician, being in Babylon's time), represented more of an "x" than a lower-case "T".

Here is an image of the characters of the Phoenician alphabet, showing the "tav" as an "x"

And this is an image of Tammuz, wearing a headband with the "tav" on it.

As we see in the above cases, the "tav" was a symbol represented with an "x", not a cross. Even Paleo-Hebrew, which was the form Jesus would have written in, used the "x" for tav until 135 CE.

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Do you suppose there's a connection to Ezekiel 9:4? "Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark (tav) on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it." –  Mr. Bultitude Aug 3 at 14:45
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You're a bit too quick to dismiss @Mr.Bultitude 's comment - as the context of that passage is actually specifically Tammuzian idolatry - cf. Ez 8:14. It's not unknown in scripture for God to indict false religion (through prophetic language and imagery) by using it's very own language and forms. The particular judgment against the Baal-worshipping Israelites given by Elijah was significant given Baal's putative association with the clouds and rain - the Lord Almighty relieved Baal of his trope and showed that only He truly 'rides upon the clouds'. –  bruised reed Aug 3 at 16:11
    
@bruisedreed I accidentally deleted my original answer - but Ezekiel 9:4 is marking the foreheads of the people who are crying out because of the abominations being committed in Jerusalem, it's not them crying over Tammuz, as the woman in Ez 8:14. So my original response remains - no, it is not connected. The mark is not the same as the tav (being alone a symbol associated w/ Tammuz and indicating a wound in Hebrew). –  Jesse Aug 3 at 17:52
    
@Jesse it is apparant that you don't fully understand my comment. I'm quite aware that the people referred to in Ez 9:4 and Ez 8:14 are on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to living in a manner pleasing to the Lord - this does not negate what I said in any way. –  bruised reed Aug 3 at 18:04
    
I think we're butting heads for the wrong reason @bruisedreed - my answer was about the mark on those God had marked with probably not being a "tav", which was an "x" and used in worship of Tammuz. It would be like God marking those to be saved in Revelation with the Mark of the Beast. –  Jesse Aug 3 at 20:15

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