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Th Golden calf was an image of an earth animal....
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by heliosprime
Now that we've cleared that, are you done yet?
Myself, I've been "marked by the beast" ever since I accepted my totems.
Originally posted by helen670
An Icon, is not Idolatry!
When God instructed Moses for building the Arc of the Covenant: Ark of the Covenant "And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.
Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them.
The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover." (Exodus, 25:18-20)This was the first Icon of the Heavenly realm.
3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
This image of Christ appeared under the following circumstances: during Christ’s life on earth, there lived in the Syrian city of Edessa a certain Prince Augarus.
John of Damascus (died 749) mentions the image in his anti-iconoclastic work On Holy Images, quoting a tradition that Abgarus had requested an image of Jesus and Jesus himself put a cloth to his face to produce the image. The cloth is described as being a "strip", or oblong cloth, rather than a square, as other accounts hold.
Originally posted by atlasastro
"If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father."
The entire purpose of a "church" is to teach truth to GOD people. To set them free of death. As a sign of understanding the truth the LORD expects his children to obey his law as did is son. The sabbath, the other holy days, and the ten commandments are and act of "faith" that you personally understand his message. The "grace" of Jesus gives us a chance to repent of our worldly sins. But we must show GOD we hear and understand his will..................
To have heard this truth and ignore it, and in fact rebuke it by stubbornly ignoring the sabbath in favor of a more "convenient" way of worship is to accept false teachings. A "mark" that you willingly disobey him as does Satan...........
Originally posted by skyshow
Others who have linked the pagan gods to celestial bodies would disagree with that.
I understand where you are coming from, really I do. I used to be Christian in the main stream widely accepted sense...even then I struggled with the idea of the cross not being an idol and yet it behaved that way in every sense of the word! Even if we were to go with the retort whereby the calf represents and earthly animal, by that same logic, the cross represents an earthly execution devise in capital punishment. It's history as a religious symbol / idol, however, goes further back, and appears to be clearly representative of the earth on it's axis and it's orbital patterns...whereby the cross represents the solstice and equinoxes...but that's another story.
"no, it represents the human sacrifice of a convicted heretic and his means to how he was executed" (or any other way one chooses to dress it up) then we have to agree it's "earthly" just like the calf and as such is an idol,