Christian symbols are a big part of religious culture. We often see them displayed on bumper stickers, T-shirts and tattoos, among other things. While they are widely popular, many believers aren’t aware of the origin of these symbols. Christian symbols are objects with an inner meaning expressing Christian figures and ideas, and often hold great meaning for those who display them. There were a number of symbols that were widely popular in the early church that we are very familiar with. Water has specific significance for Christians. Outside of baptism, water may represent cleansing or purity. Fire, especially in the form of a candle flame, represents both the Holy Spirit and light. The sources of these symbols derive from the Bible. Then, there are those symbols that we see often, but we’re not quite sure how they came into play or the deeper meaning behind then. Here are six ancient Christian symbols and their hidden meanings.