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Can We Make Images Of Jesus

The commandment to not make for yourself a carved image any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth, you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. In light of Rev.14:9 Should we really be making images of Jesus?

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It is not the making of any images, pictures, sculptures that is a sin, because God Commanded Moses to make graven images such as angels, for decoration. But the sin is in the "bowing down and worshipping" idols. Consider the living God looking down from heaven and seeing his people talking to dead statues and pictures, these images are not him. It is the equivalent of regarding some complete stranger as being your own biological parent, which is falsehood and blasphemes your real Father.
---Eloy on 6/10/08

Mimi, Catholic:

In the poor Catholic communities I've visited throughout North America they DID worship Mary and other saints. They had small shrines of Mary and saints . They touched her for blessings. They placed candles around them. They prayed to them. But you won't see the RRC condone such acts.

You are an educated Catholic and, of course, you may know the difference only in your mind.
---Steveng on 6/10/08

Looking at the scripture you quoted, the answer is a No. neither should we make images of Mary or any apostle or angel.
---Okebaram on 6/10/08

Revelation 14:9 has nothing to do with Jesus. It speaks of "the beast" who is the Antichrist. Apart from that, it is wrong to make images of God. The really silly thing is that nobody has a clue what Jesus looked like, apart from the fact that He had a beard (Isaih 50:6). We are commanded to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/06

Art is wonderful. and the Reformation caused many artist to be shuned from the church. in a time when people could not read the art was how the gosple could be read. it should not be done vainly but I see no reason that Art should not be made and used to illistate the Gospel. how else do you teach children? they need pictures to build their minds. (yet most of us have picture bibles for our pre schoolers)
---Jared on 11/12/06

Jesus was in human form;dwellt amoung us.History shows how Jews looked."The passion of the Christ" Depicted Jesus's likeness. Mega research regarding this movie to authenticicate that era. No man has seen the Father, but Man has seen Jesus Christ! Since God is a jealous; He is the only God.Inventing other gods,ie.raven-god,snake-god,sun-god,bird,tree etc. Can't you see the difference? I love Jesus Christ. If I draw a picture of Jesus likeness,in human form based on the Bible,it's OK!
---Liz on 9/6/06

The difference between having decorations of pictures and statues, and having idols of pictures and statues, is the worship of them. If a person talks to pictures and statues as though they were alive, and consults them for answers, and worships them, then it is the sin of idolatry; but merely having pictures and statues to beautify empty spaces is called decorating, which is not the same thing as idolatry.
---Eloy on 5/20/06

Making statues is not idolatry, but artwork; neither are pictures or paintings idolatry, they are art or decorations. God commanded Moses to make cherubims of gold, which are graven images of angels, and he commmanded the tabernacle to be decorated with graven knops and flowers. Idolatry is the worship and consulting or praying to inanimate objects in the place of God, and secondly it is substituting the Omnipresent Creator God with a finite creature or human. Catholics do this, but Christians do not.
---Eloy on 5/20/06

Here's an interesting note: while witnessing among Mexican Indians I was completely surprised to see their churches absent of crosses, pictures, drawings, are anything other than just lettering. Which stated, House of God. Also the billings were totally white and had only benches for the congregation. There was no platform or pulpit. But many devout Christians.
---mima on 5/20/06

Donna, the images are "photos" of so we, as humans, help us to meditate for example, on the passion of Christ when we look at a crucifix. Believe me, I have never worshipped that crucifix but my mind goes upstairs to the REAL one.

You would never see me worshipping an idol - I only worship God the Father, the Son and the H.S. - period.
---A_Catholic on 5/19/06

Can't this be settled with a scripture? Exd 20:4 Thou 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: P.S. A Catholic, this is one of the Ten Commandments. Do you think God changed His mind somewhere along the line?
---Donna9759 on 5/19/06

John, wrong. The Calf was used as a god itself and not a aymbol of God.

Again, you don't understand the Catholic way. We do not worship that statue but it's a "photo" of Our Lord and our prayers are directed to Him upstairs and not to that statue. Statue is simply a visual aid.
---A_Catholic on 5/19/06

A Catholic. You have responded the same way as the Israelites did when they built their golden calf. They were not going to worship it, they were going to worship God through it. Today, you will be the person in my prayers. I will pray that you will have your eyes opened to see that an image cannot be used to approach God. Go through Jesus. He is the only one the Father will accept.
---john on 5/19/06

Philomena, everyone knows that when we bow in front of a Crucifix, we are not worshiping that image but worshiping Him whom it represents.

They won't acknowledge that though so they'll have something to kick us about.
---A_Catholic on 5/19/06

God forbids the worship of images, namely false gods same like the Jews did while Moses was on the mountain.

Kissing a photo of my children is not kissing the paper but kissing whoever that picture represents. I wish the "Christians" understand that once and for all.
---A_Catholic on 5/19/06

NO,the bible says dont not make graven Images or BOW to them. SEE VERSES:
1)Deuteronomy 27:15 "Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD..
2)Deuteronomy 5:8 "Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness...
3)Leviticus 26:1 "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image
4)Isiah 44:9 "They that make a graven image are all of them vanity..
---ZIMBABWEAN on 5/19/06

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No -- what for? If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour what would you need a picture of Him for? Besides the only information in the Bible about what Jesus looked like is that He had a beard!!!-- so anything else is human imagination and not of God.
---helen_5378 on 5/19/06

Is this verse actually saying we must not MAKE images or is it saying that any images we make must not be bowed down to and worshipped? I believe the latter otherwise there should not be, anywhere in the world, statues, models, pictures of anything at all because they are all images of the things referred to. It is the worshipping of them that is wrong, not the making or possessing of them.
---f.f. on 5/19/06

Ive seen supposed images of Jesus with blonde hair, red hair, black hair etc. Also white skinned, black skinned.Seems the artist wants him to have looked like us.One day we will get to know.
---David on 5/19/06

He also commanded that Moses make a seraph serpent. No one bowed down or worshipped the seraph serpent. They worship God. Images of Jesus are just fine as long as you worship Jesus and not the image.

Moderator - Keep reading as they did bow and worship the image.
---Philomena on 5/18/06

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In Exodus, God commanded Moses to make images of two cherubins. If not mistaken, cherubins are in heaven.
---A_Catholic on 5/18/06

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