I am reading Introduction to the Coptic Orthodox Church by Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty. In it I read:
d) The Cross: Egyptians tended to identify the Cross with their own sign of eternal life, "the Ankh," which was held in the hands of the immortals such as gods and pharaohs. The "Ankh" sign took the shape of a cruciform with rounded tip, which was readily adopted and used by the Copts from the very early times.
I have always avoided ever using the ankh because I thought and was taught that it was from pagan religious ideas, or more recently, it would confuse people with thinking I agreed with/approved of pagan ideas. Is this still the case?
im sorry but most people have no understanding of ANYTHINGS meaning... Also keep in mind "there is nothing new under the sun" MANY of our traditions borrow dates items shapes etc. from Pagan faith before Christianity... Including the cross, snakes of Moses, Trinity symbol, number three these were all sacred to the Celtic peoples before Christianity and that's only one people group. I have actually been approached by a number of Christians accusing me of occultism for wearing a "Peters Cross"... If you have a connection with the Ankh then study and learn it then if someone questions you (christian or not) you will have a opening to direct them to the Truth!