Whether you're crossing your fingers for luck, a wish or to tell a lie - chances are you know why people cross their fingers. I was honestly a little surprised at the evolution of this common gesture and how it got it's start right around the time Christianity was starting to plant its roots.
It's said that during the era of Roman prosecution, Christians (non Roman Catholics) would lie when asked if they were Christian and cross their fingers behind their back. This was an attempt to ask for forgiveness from God for denouncing their faith in such a manner to save their own lives or the lives of other Christians.
This begs the question to be asked: would you lie about your faith to save your life? Now forgive me if I read the Bible wrong, but wouldn't you be rewarded in Heaven for proudly owning up to your faith even when faced with persecution or execution? Perhaps if there was more at stake than just your own life would you consider lying about your religious affiliation? Would this be considered an act of sacrifice to protect others and thus be rewarded in the afterlife for such an act?
A Symbol of Protection
Crossing your fingers for luck actually originated as a Christian symbol for protection by attempting to mimic the shape of the Holy Cross. When one would feel the need to summon the protection of God, whether it be for warding off evil spirits or the Devil, they would simply cross their index and middle finger. This gesture probably wasn't expressed behind the back, more so a gesture to push things away that were in front of the individual. It's also quite possible that monks and priests use this hand gesture while blessing water, people or relics.
My online journal will be the place to find any important announcements, bursts of artistic expression, random news articles I find and anything else that may drift into my mind.