No Graven Images

In these parts, this is a famous sculpture depicting a man representing Christ, washing the feet of the Apostle Peter. It stirs up quite a bit of emotion among evangelicals, because in the original sculpture, you have to get on your knees to see the face of the man representing Christ. In doing so, you are worshiping a bronze representation, while well done, that robs the living and true Christ of His glory.

The problem is, in making an image of Christ, the sculptor and evangelicals who have displayed the image, have broken God’s command against graven images. This command is not against all images, but those that represent God. This sculpture clearly does that, to the point that when I took the picture, I planned on posting the picture with my complaint that evangelicals have no problems with false images of God. Then I realized, by posting the picture of the image of a man representing Christ, I was committing the same sin. So I removed that portion of the sculpture.

It may not be as interesting. But I happen to believe that when Jesus told us that if we loved Him, we would keep His commands, which clearly includes not making images of Him.



 

2 thoughts on “No Graven Images

  1. Great points. That sin is committed so often that it is easy to overlook. So many churches are filled with pictures of Jesus – not to mention the images on Catholic crucifixes — that it is easy to grow up thinking there is nothing wrong with the images.

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  2. Technically, you made an image *of an image* of God, so it’s abstracted enough that you would not be violating the command. THAT SAID, I still agree with you. Well done, and encouraging thoughtful.

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