The fish symbol, also known as the IXOYE, IXTHUS and ICTHUSis the most ancient symbol of Christianity; used throughout the ages to represent Christianity, it's still used today by hundreds of thousands of believers.
The Greek language was the most common language of the first Century and was used by most Christians of the time. The Christian people were a persecuted people and needed a symbol that had a meaning that was vague and ambiguous to the authorities, but would be completely understood by other Christians.
The fish symbol came from a simple but profound acrostic. An acrostic, in this case, is where the letters spell out a word and message. An example of this that nearly everyone will have come across is the KISS acrostic; spelling out the words and message; Keep, It, Simple, Stupid.
The word "IXOYE" is the Greek word for "fish". The IXOYE acrostic stands for "Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior." The letter "i" or "iota" is the first letter and makes the acrostic word iesous (Ιησους), which is Greek for Jesus. "X" or "Chi" is the first letter of Christos (Χριστóς) Greek for anointed. "O" or "Theta" is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), genitive case (a noun that modifies another noun) of Θεóς, Greek for God. "Y" or "Upsilon" is the first letter of Huios (Υἱός), Greek for Son. "E" or "Sigma" is the first letter of Soter (Σωτήρ), Greek for Savior.
Our English language version reads IXOYE, the message remains; Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior. This short but vital message contains the fundamental truth of Christianity.
The fish symbol has carried the message of Christ through thousands of years, from the very first Christians to present day Christians it continues on into the future. Praises and glory to God!
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