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Ex20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God...
Lev 26:1 1 "Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God."
1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Matthew 23:9 And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
Originally posted by sinthia
... I want people to know I am a Christian and that i'm proud amongst my muslim neighbours to say so. Looking at me, i'm just a regular guy, so for me it is my way of letting people know where my allegiance lies.
Originally posted by sinthia
Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
Moses was directed by God to make an image of a serpent and when it was looked upon it healed.
Originally posted by ancientfuturist
God does agree with the OP.
Lightning strike destroys King of Kings statue in Ohio
Originally posted by catwhoknows
I would like to ask people who believe in God and Jesus, who say "Thou shalt not make graven images", how that believe that they should?
Why do you make graven images?
The whole Greek nation makes graven images.
The Catholics make graven images.
God the incorporeal and uncircumscribed was never depicted.
Now, however, when God is seen clothed in flesh,
and conversing with men,
I make an image of the God whom I see.
I do not worship matter,
I worship the God of matter,
who became matter for my sake,
and deigned to inhabit matter,
who worked out my salvation through matter.
I will not cease from honouring that matter which works my salvation.
I venerate it, though not as God.
How could God be born out of lifeless things?
And if God's body is God by union, it is immutable.
The nature of God remains the same as before,
the flesh created in time is quickened by, a logical and reasoning soul."
Doesn't Deuteronomy 4:14-19 forbid any images of God? How then can you have Icons of Christ?
This passage instructs the Jews not to make a (false) image of God, because they had not seen God, however, as Christians, we believe that God became Incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ, and so we may depict that "which we have seen with our eyes" (1st John 1:1). As St. John of Damascus said:
The whole Greek nation makes graven images
Originally posted by aboxoftrix
I would like to say that it is also against God to make the symbol of the cross with your fingers as many believers in Jesus do. Also, many believe it is through Jesus you will gain favor in Gods eyes. This is a lie. If you are a gentile, you will have a place in heaven if you follow the seven laws of Noah. There is no need for Jesus and going through him to reach God is a sin, and you won't be able to do it.