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HAMDANIYA (Iraq) - THE Christians of northern Iraq have chosen to defy mounting attacks by extremists by erecting a statue of Jesus modelled on the giant Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.
Originally posted by ararisq
That is about as pagan as a supposed Christian can get.
Second Commandment: "You shall not make any idols." It doesn't say you shall not make any idols of other gods but please do make them of me. It says you shall not make any idols.
Exodus 20:4-5: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image,
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
'But the idea of building the statue of Jesus opening his arms is to send a message of peace to everyone to say that we want to live in peace with all,' said the 48-year-old.
'The statue might be small if we compare it with what Christians did for Iraq over hundreds of years. The statue is stone and can be removed at any time, but the history of Christians cannot be abolished,' said Habash. 'We have a great history, we are very loyal to Iraq,' added the official charged by the church with preserving religious monuments.
Originally posted by Alethea
In the last line above, we see that it is the church who is actually condoning this and who has the intent to preserve the idol.