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Having A Cross Break Commandments

Why do people wear crucifixes, havie angels in their homes, and have pictures of Jesus in their homes when it violates two commandments?

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 ---Wendell on 5/16/05
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I can't speak for others but for me I like to collect things such as this. I don't worship them, I don't bow down to them. I just like to collect religious items.
---Rebecca_D on 4/17/08

I have a picture of Jesus & it's a reminder for me as well that he's around & his father is my father.(spiritually)I donot wear jewlary (except wedding ring),but i donot promote any items that Jesus was crucified on since it is from the Romans. why wear something that killed our saaviour? remember he lives!
---candice on 5/25/07

poster, none of these things violate any commandments. A graven image in the Biblical sense is making an idol and then bowing down to worship the idol in the place of God, and also seeking guidance and consulting the manmade idol for answers. But what you are confusing is decorative art, which is completely acceptable to God, for idol worship; and these two different kinds of graven (ie: grafted or carved) images are not one and the same thing.
---Eloy on 5/25/07

When one finds themselves putting something before God or actually giving praise,worship or glory to any other God or image, one has seriously fallen into sin. We do not pray or worship idols as it is idolatry. Pictures which remind us of our faith and are decorations are not a problem. Wearing crucifixes,shows Jesus still on the cross. A plain cross shows he's risen.Both testify of our faith and plant seeds. Just my opinion. Blessings
---jody on 5/25/07

Some people feel closer to God when they do such things,I guess. The same idea as persons who carry pictures of their kids, spouses and favorite people in their wallets. As long as we do not worship these things. I see nothing wrong with this. Whatever make you happy.
---Robyn on 5/25/07

I do these things because they do not violate any commandments, only some modernists' interpretation of them. And because they provide constant reminders of God in a godless world. Of course when Madonna started wearing gaudy studded crosses on her body, I stopped wearing crosses or crucifixes for a while - it is not a requirement.
---lorra8574 on 5/25/07

Many of our rock star dopers wear crosses around their necks but they do it more for the mockery of the Christian faith than anything else.

On the other hand, pictures, crosses, etc. may be a means of keeping ones mind on spiritual things much liken to what we see in many of our churches.
---lee on 5/25/07

It isn't about what you hang around your neck or put on your walls. It is about whether that person has a vital relationship with Jesus. I have yet to see a true believer actually worshipping something that is hung around his/her neck or hung on a wall.
---linda9974 on 5/25/07

we all have some form of idol worshipping..theres our car, house, clothes you like wearing, jewellery, hairdo, photos on the wall, paintings, crockery etc...they all are idols..if we learn to put God first in our lives, we will never greed for these things..they are only of this world and can never take them with us...but God, yes..He will always be with us.
---jana on 8/24/06

Crucifixes, crosses, pictures of angels, of Jesus, etc. are mere aids in worship; not idols to which we worship.

by definition, an idol 1 : an image worshiped as a god; also : a false god 2 : an object of passionate devotion.
---lee on 5/8/06

we are too critical and picky of each others ways and beliefs instead of focussing our minds on the main issue...Christ our savior.
---jana on 5/8/06

Continued--When I went to Vaction Bible School as a child, they made us say prayers to pieces of cloth. Oddest thing: they both began with the same words, "I pledge allegiance...."

Get my point?

God sees the heart and intention.
---Jack on 5/28/05

John 5:39 means that even the Bible can become an idol if it keeps you from seeing Jesus.

There is a distinction (which disappears in English) in Greek between "latreia" for God alone, and "douleia", the "honor to whom honor is due." It's a distinction that the LXX makes, and Jesus Himself does, according to the Greek NT.

Do you really think it's an example of "eidolo-latreia" to wear a Crucifix?
---Jack on 5/28/05

What and where are the commandments that are being violated? Can you give me some Scripture references or church teachings?
---Barbara67 on 5/18/05

God has gloriously used the cross I wear. Sometimes I wear a 3" cross. When I was on a train, a man asked me about this cross. After witnessing six hours, he came to the Lord. This has happened several times. I want everyone to know I am a Christian. People in the foreign field sometimes risk their lives for this privilege.
---Elsie on 5/17/05

None of these things break any commandments unless you worship them. Some people find them helpful in their worship of God. Having a statue of Mary or Buddha etc. is another matter.
---Xanthi on 5/17/05

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I have a simple cross that I wear, it serves more as a witness that anything else. I don't WORSHIP it, its also a reminder to me that I should watch my words and be a good example of a Christian. My mother had my cross made for me when I was 14,so its special to me for that reason. Her wedding band wore through on the bottom and she had the diamonds removed and set in my cross,9 small ones.I think of her when I look at it sometimes, she died in 1986.
---NV_Barbara on 5/17/05

Paintings are decorations usually hung to decorate bare walls. And crucifixes are worn for jewelry, as are rings and bracelets. Unless people are seeking counsel from these inanimate objects, there is no idolatry in these.
---Eloy on 5/17/05

I agree with Ann,Rebecca,and Linda. If you're a Christian you should know better than to worship idols. But don't forget,where your treasure is,there your heart will be also. It becomes a sin only when you believe that such objects contain any power.
---RUSSELL on 5/17/05

There are no commandments broken, if the pictures or crucifixes are not used as objects of worship. I have pictures of Christ in my home to remind me that He is everywhere I am. I have a picture of an angel helping 2 small children across a bridge during a storm as a reminder that God sends ministering angels to us. Everything I have helps me focus on the true object of worship, my Savious, Jesus Christ.
---Ann5758 on 5/16/05

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Sometimes it's because they worship the statues and ornaments. Other times it's simply because they don't think about it in the same perspective that you do. I think as Christians it's sometimes too easy for us to major on the minor. Are these people saved? Perhaps our energy would be better spent rejoicing in that rather trying to get everyone conformed to our perceptions. I don't know ... this is just the way I feel. I think we can be too "religious" about some of this stuff.
---DoryLory on 5/16/05

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