Peter was the only one of the disciples to be crucified. He did not feel worthy to die in the same way Christ did, so he requested that he die on an upside down cross. This story is not in the Bible, but can be read in history (see Our Christian Symbols by Friedrich Rest , p. 29).
Jesus’ prophecy to Peter
After the resurrection, Christ called Peter to feed his lambs. And He added, “Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God” (John 21:18, 19).
Christians have understood Jesus’ words about Peter “stretching out his hands” to mean that someday his hands would be stretched out on a cross. And tradition as told by Origen of Alexandria confirms that Peter died by crucifixion with his head down, on the request that to be crucified like his Master was too great an honor for the one who had denied his Lord three times (Luke 22:54-62).
Centuries ago, Christians used the symbol of the cross to represent Jesus’s sacrifice on behalf of men. And they also used the inverted cross to represent the martyrdom of the apostle Peter.
A sign of Satan
The way Peter died had nothing to do with the sign of the devil. Satan hates the cross, where the revelation of God’s love to man was ultimately shown to the Universe (John 3:16). And in turn, his followers reject and blaspheme the cross of Christ. The apostle Paul explains their stand: “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
To Satanists, the “preaching of the cross” and the message of salvation through faith in the crucified Lord is idiocy. For this reason, they deny both the message of the cross and the symbol of Christianity. And they show their denial by inverting the cross.
In fact, the Church of Satan states on its website that its members are at liberty to use the upside down cross as an indication of their rejection of Jesus Christ. However, they say that their official symbol is the Sigil of Baphomet.
The inverted cross is a frequent theme in metal music. Also, many horror films use inverted crosses to show their imagery, especially if the films deal with demonic content. In addition, the inverted cross is also represented in some fashion trends like gothic fashion.
In His service,