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originally posted by: sligtlyskeptical
a reply to: NavyDoc
Basically any kind of images are banned through the words of the old testament. Just like every other group, religious worshipers will always find a way to justify why their own rules don't apply to them. This hypocritical behavior is why I have no faith even though grades 1-12 were spent in Catholic schools. By the sixth grade I knew that organized religion was nothing but lies and control. The church is the antichrist.
This thread is more about the image people think of when they think of God's image, which is Jesus on the cross, not about crucifixes in churches. I probably should have made that more clear. The image that pops into the head is of sacrifice and death, hence graven image.
Matthew 9 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Jesus desired mercy and not sacrifice, he received no mercy while he was sacrificed. Jesus' sacrifice for sins seems to be the opposite of what Jesus said he desired.
This is also idolatry and not truth.You are not within me and I most certainly not in you those are “your” image imaginations of your mind which are just as incorrect as the the one Christians have of their Jesus.
Stauros (σταυρός) is the Greek word, usually translated in English as "cross" in scripture, that in the New Testament names the device on which Jesus was executed.
In the Homeric and classical periods, it denoted an upright pale, pole, or stake , but by the time that Symbol was adopted in Catholicism (Constantine) , it came to include a crossbeam.
If they think of Adam and Eve as the image then they have clearly not read the NT because it says Jesus is the image, not Adam and Eve
You are the truth, the way, and the LIFE. You are God's image, that of light.
14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
1 Corinthians 10
17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.
originally posted by: templar knight
There is an interesting story when in 1966 football, North Korea got into the semi finals above Italy. So they had to stay in a catholic retreat (where the Italians were expected to stay). When they stayed they saw the full size picture of Jesus on the cross in all his gory - I did spell that right. So as people who had never come across Christianity before none of them could sleep that night because of this statue of person with nails attached to their wrists and ankles -it scared them. They actually thought that the statue was put into the hotel/retreat deliberately to scare them.
Food for thought.