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In pre-Chritian times, the cross symbolized the perfect melding of Spirit into the human form to become that which is known as 'The God-realized human being.' Christian mysticism embraces the freedom found in the metaphor of the 'Resurrected Cross,' or the cross emptied of its burden, emptied of its suffering human form. Down through history, efforts have been made to change the meaning of the cross, to warp the meaning of this symbol in the collective mind of humanity, so as to rob it of its liberty from suffering. For instance, the Romans used the cross as a device of torture, so as to impregnate fear rather than freedom into the human psyche. Emperor Constantine made Christianity into the official national Roman religion in 325 A.D. and in politicizing Christianity, it was robbed of much of its prior esoteric influence. The freedom and relationship offered through Christianity was driven underground as forces loyal to the Roman empire sought to 'universalize' the Christian faith under one set of rigid doctrines. A long history of bloodshed was instituted in an effort to subvert the freedom inspiring impulse that was the beginnings of Christianity. That original essence of the Christ-presence has always been available. The Christ is pure and perfectly loving. There is no fear of condemnation found in the true essence of God. For the love of God casts out all fear.