This scripture is supposed to be the basis for the fish symbol that people put on their automobiles, refrigerators, T-shirts, and other church paraphernalia. It is never a good idea to base doctrine, sayings, customs or traditions on 1 scripture. For the Bible teaches that, “by the mouth of 2 or more witness is a fact established (Deuteronomy 19:15 / Matthew 18:16 / 2 Corinthians 13:1). Note: even in establishing the custom of having 2 or more witnesses we have 3 witnesses. Moses (Prophet/Patriarch), Jesus (Messiah), and Paul (Apostle). Therefore by this logic you could not even find a matching scripture in another gospel, for they would still be the words of only one witness.
This process is not because anyone who wrote anything in the Bible is inaccurate, but because with over 10,000 Christian denominations in the world there is a huge margin for misunderstanding the words of any one of them. Scriptures can be twisted to justify just about anything. Especially in the New Testament the apostle Paul was so wise, and had so much understanding that if someone were to attempt to read his Epistles (letters) without a deep understanding of the scripture (Genesis – Malachi) they would most likely be confused, and we all know that God is not the author of confusion. Even the Apostle Peter testified to this:
“…Even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness” (2Peter 3:15-18).
Having said that let us reason together on the origin of this ‘fish emblem.’
Before the Roman Catholic Church adopted the fish symbol it was used by pagans and recognized among other things as "The Great Mother" and "The Womb." It symbolizes fertility, birth, and the natural force of women was acknowledged also by the Celts, as well as other pagans throughout Northern Europe.
The wearing, hanging or displaying of symbol has the tendency to bring veneration to them, and thereby returning to paganism. This is why we are instructed not to create symbols or pictures and say they represent the True and Living God. The 2nd commandment prohibits such things for this very reason. Our God is a jealous God, and he won't share his glory with an idol fashioned by the hands of a man.
As early as the 11th CenturyA.D. An acronym surfaced in the so-called Christian community. By taking the first letter in every word in the phrase ‘Jesus Christ, Son of god, Savior’ (in Greek; the language the New Testament was written in) it makes another word (in Greek). The phrase in Greek is Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter; these letters are: Iota Chi Theta Upsilon Sigma and the word it creates is Ichthus. This is the same word used throughout the New Testament for fish.
First of all the phrase that is used to make this word isn’t even a real phrase. ‘Jesus Christ, Son of god, Savior’ are just four titles of the Messiah. It seems that those words were arranged in this manner so that they would make the word for fish. These customs are not those of which we should follow… In English JCSGS is no word at all!
Ichthys was the offspring of the ancient Sea goddess Atargatis and was known as Aphrodite, or Delphine. In other languages the word meant ‘womb’ and ‘dolphin.’ Sometimes the idol appeared in the form of a mermaid.
The most well known tale of the fish of paganism is the fish of the Nile tale. This particular fish swallowed Osiris’ penis. The fish then became a symbol of the sexuality of Isis for she had sex with Osiris after his death which resulted in the birth of Horus. The fish became therefore a symbol of birth and fertility.
The fact that Jesus fed a multitude with 3 fishes and 5 loaves of bread is totally irrelevent to the topic at hand and therefore other than this nice pic to the left i will not expound on it.
THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATER: The wearing, hanging or displaying of symbol has the tendency to bring veneration to them, and thereby returning to paganism. This is why we are instructed not to create symbols or pictures and say they represent the True and Living God. The 2nd commandment prohibits such things for this very reason. Our God is a jealous God, and he won't share his glory with an idol fashioned by the hands of a man.