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CHRISTIANS, A GOLDEN IMAGE

Accordingly, Nebuchadnezzar arranged an inauguration ceremony. He gathered his satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, police magistrates, and all the administrators of the jurisdictional districts. A herald cried out: “To you it is being said, O peoples, national groups and languages, that at the time that you hear the sound of the horn, the pipe, the zither, the triangular harp, the stringed instrument, the bagpipe and all sorts of musical instruments, you fall down and worship the image of gold that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship will at the same moment be thrown into the burning fiery furnace.”—Daniel 3:2-6.

Many know this story, but, would you have bowed down?

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lisarose45

Asked by lisarose45 at 12:31 AM on May. 27, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I ask because interestingly, Scholar John F. Walvoord notes: “Such a display of officials was on the one hand a gratifying demonstration of the power of Nebuchadnezzar’s empire and on the other hand was significant as recognizing the deities who in their thinking were responsible for their victories.” He continued: “It accorded with the prevailing views of idolaters that there were many gods . . . and that it was not improper to render homage to the god of any people or country.”
    For the Jews, however, it was a different matter. They had been commanded by their God, Jehovah: “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion.” (Exodus 20:4, 5)


    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 12:35 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • So we as Jehovah's Witnesses view it as similar to the stand taken in Bible times by three young Hebrew men who refused to bow down before the statue raised up on the plain of Dura by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. (Daniel, chapter 3) So then, while others salute and pledge allegiance, children of Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to follow their Bible-trained consciences. Thus, they silently and respectfully refrain from participating. For similar reasons, Witness children choose not to participate when national anthems are sung or played.


    Someone asked in another post why we don't Salute the Flag or Pledge our Allegianceand when I answered the post was gone.....

    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 12:39 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • God asks that we not make a graven image of HIM to worship as well as no other graven image to worship any other thing.  He asks that we put nothing before him.

    The American flag does not represent a deity.  It does not represent or take the place of God.  The pledge of allegianceis not a ritualistic chant said in worship in order to invoke a response from a deity.  The American flag represents our country, our culture and our people.  It represents the idea of freedom (including the freedom that gives you the ability to practice religion here with out persecution).  When you say a pledge, it is directed towards what the flag REPRESENTS and that you will work hard as a citizen to maintain what it represents. (cont).
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 1:02 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • Anthems are songs people have created out of pride for what they've fought for and what their country represents as well as pass stories down from generation to generation about the history of our country. They are not worshiping the flag, the actual country or any deity. They are not ritualistic songs meant to invoke a response from a deity. We do not bow or worship before these things. We simply make a promise to uphold the values they represent in our communities.

    Yes, I pledge to the flag. I don't feel doing so violates God's laws. No, I would not have bowed to an image that represented other gods or the worship of a human being. I don't see the two things as being anywhere near the same.
    NovemberLove

    Answer by NovemberLove at 1:03 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • The book Essays on Nationalism by Carlton J. H. Hayes observes on page 107:
    “Nationalism’s chief symbol of faith and central object of worship is the flag, and curious liturgical forms have been devised for ‘saluting’ the flag, for ‘dipping’ the flag, for ‘lowering’ the flag, and for ‘hoisting’ the flag. Men bare their heads when the flag passes by; and in praise of the flag poets write odes and children sing hymns. In America young people are ranged in serried rows and required to recite daily, with hierophantic voice and ritualistic gesture, the mystical formula. . . .”
    He then quotes the pledge of allegiance. Thus this author views flag ceremonies as a form of worship. So also does the Scottish Professor Denis Brogan of Cambridge University, who says on page 359 of the book The Religious Situation: 1968:
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 1:35 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • “The civic religion has its rituals. There are many, but one . . . is the ritual of flag worship.”
    On the same subject the Finnish writer Arvo Viklund states with respect to the Finnish flag:
    “So when we understand what values even our blue cross flag hides in its folds, then our averse attitude towards it must also change to become worship of the flag, which directs its holy anger towards all those who dare to underestimate or offend the most precious symbol of our nation.”
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 1:36 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • In the colonial days of America the Puritans objected to the British flag because of its red cross of St. George. According to The Encyclopædia Britannica, they did this, “not from any disloyalty to the mother country, but from a conscientious objection to what they deemed an idolatrous symbol.”
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 1:37 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • We believe we are to only pledge our loyalty and lives to God, we render Caesar's things to Caesar (respect, taxes,..) but God's things to God (our Love, Lives and Loyalty)
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 1:44 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • It's all about personal convictions. For me, the pledge is a far cry from bowing to an idol. I say the pledge, but in my heart my God is first in all things. Man can make an idol of anything, be it food, money, music, family, friends or even a flag. It's all subjective.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 8:29 AM on May. 27, 2009

  • I agree with Lexylex.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 8:53 AM on May. 27, 2009

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