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Do you think Christians worship graven images?

Why or why not?


Asked by SophiaofLight at 11:00 PM on Aug. 8, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Some say they don't worship the image of the cross and yet genuflect before it and do the sign of the cross before getting into their pew before Mass... Sure, they can turn it around and say they are showing respect for that 'image' but in reality, you are BOWING before it and it's a STATUE which is a GRAVEN IMAGE.


    Answer by IhartU at 6:59 AM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • no. if you're speaking of literal objects such as crosses, statues, etc., i think they are all for memorializing/remembering/symbolic of various themes, occurrances. but actually worshipping the object?? nah.

    Answer by dullscissors at 11:02 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • Yes, they worship the bible above the intent

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:28 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • No I don't think Christians worship graven images. The key word is worship, and only God is worshiped. There is no power in any picture or carving. If you read the whole passage it talks about no image from Heaven, Earth or Sea. I don't think this means any image is wrong because if you read the last line of the passage it says Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them.  It is talking about serving and worshipping an idol and pictures, statues, images can tell stories but they aren't worshipped.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 11:35 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • No they use images as reminders.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 11:51 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • personally i dont worship any images of anything...worship is reserved for God. i also dont have any pictures of Jesus or crosses in my house...mainly cause i find it creepy, but to each their own.

    and anon there is a difference btw wasting ones time on frivolities and worshiping a material object. i think we all (Christian or not) could easily spend less time on our own entertainment and focus more on helping isnt a Christian problem, its a societal problem.

    Answer by okmanders at 11:14 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • I think there is a difference between using an image or statue in worship and actually worshiping the image or statue. I think there are those Christians who cross the line, however, the majority do not.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:43 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • OP, as others have said, the problem is not having the graven image - the problem is if someone actually worships the graven image. If graven images were completely prohibited, God would not have instructed His people to make the angels that were on the Ark of the Covenant. He would not have instructed the people to make the serpents that the people were to look to for healing when they were bitten by snakes. To answer your question, no, I don't think Christians worship graven images.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 12:47 AM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • it would depend on whether you or the anon were holding it, i s'pose. the problem is with the worshipping, not the possession of the object.

    Answer by dullscissors at 11:11 PM on Aug. 8, 2010

  • graven images are things like a statue of a greek god or a statue of budda or a golden calf that they tried to worship in Moses' day
    Its any image that takes away from worshipping Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
    Having posters of your favorite actor or actress in the ceiling in your bedroom and worshipping it is wrong... bowing to the cross or the statue of Mary is wrong . It is all idol worship.
    You do not need a statue of Jesus or a Cross in the church to bow to.
    Anything that takes away from worshipping Jesus is idol worship period. Yes some people worship the Cross not the risen Jesus who is no longer on the cross.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:11 AM on Aug. 9, 2010