Christian symbols and their Meaning
Christian symbolism are objects that possess an inner meaning that expresses Christian ideas. Religious symbols were widely used by the early Church. Water and Fire are two of the classic symbols that held significant meaning for Christians. Water not only held great meaning in the Baptism but also represents cleansing or purity. Whereas fire especially in the form of a candle represent both the Holy Spirit and light. The sources of these symbols were derived from the Bible. For example from the tongues of fire that symbolized the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and fro Jesus' description of his followers as the light of the world; or God is a consuming fire found in Hebrews 12. THe cross, which is today one of the most widely recognized symbols in the world, was used as a symbol for the earliest times.
Among the symbols employed by the early Christians, that of the fish seems to have ranked first in importance. Indeed, from monumental sources such as tombs we know that the symbolic fish was familiar to Christians from the earliest times. It can be seen in such Roman monuments as the Capella Greca and the Sacrament Chapels of the catacomb of St Callistus. The fish was depicted as a Christian symbol in the first decades of the 2nd century.
Here are some of the most popular christian symbols.