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Does Exodus 20:4 mean its wrong to have a cross?

I don't personally think its right to worship/praise a cross.. I understand the imagry behind it. But is that what it means by: "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." ?


Asked by stenhouse_baby at 4:43 AM on Sep. 28, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • nope. it means you can't have a false god, a graven image. if you have crosses in your house and you find yourself looking toward the cross instead of the one who died on it for you, then you should consider getting rid of it in your house. God is the only one you should worship. this doesn't just mean a cross either. it's anything. people worship TV without even realizing it. if something comes before God, you're worshiping it. If you decide to stay home and watch a football game over going to church, your worshiping that football game. same goes for tv shows, or even books, if your so wrapped up in a book and you decide you HAVE to know the end, that book is your idol. nothing should become between you and God.

    i hope this all makes sense to you

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:07 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Personally I have never heard or seen anyone worship a cross and always thought of it as more of a symbolic item. An Idol is something you put in place of God and worship, I dont think a cross is an idol.

    Answer by jay31tee at 6:45 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • exactly. it was not a cross but a stake. which is just a straight pole. and it is a form od idol worship.

    Answer by Sky_Mom at 7:28 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • Ex. 20:4–6 You shall not make for yourself a carved image. The gods of both Egypt and Canaan were often associated with some aspect of creation and worshiped as, or through, an object that represented them. The Lord has made it clear, through the plagues and the exodus, that he has power over every aspect of creation because the whole earth is his (9:29; 19:5), and thus he commands Israel to refrain from crafting an image of anything in heaven or earth for worship (20:4–5a). The prohibition is grounded in the fact that the Lord is a jealous God (see 34:14; Deut. 6:15), and that the Lord has no physical form, and should not be thought to be localized in one (Deut. 4:15–20). Israel saw what happened to Egypt when Pharaoh refused to acknowledge what was being revealed about the Lord; here Israel is warned against doing the same, while also being reassured that their God is merciful and gracious (see Ex. 34:6–7).

    Answer by Gal51 at 10:37 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • It would be for Jews, as it would be considered idolatry.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 11:49 AM on Sep. 28, 2010

  • No, it does not mean it's wrong to have a cross.  I've never heard of a person worshipping a cross; a cross, or a crucifix, remind us of what Jesus did for us and that His burden was greater than ours.  Looking at a statue of a biblical happening helps us remember the Gospel just as looking at a photograph of a relative helps us remember that person.

    Money, prestige, power, drugs, alcohol, sex and more can all be "idols" we worship and place before God.  God actually commands the making of religous statuary in Ex. 25:18–20 and 1 Chr. 28:18–19 (gold cherubs in both) and Num. 21:8–9 (a bronze serpent). 


    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 7:57 PM on Sep. 29, 2010

  • It is more statutes that people set up to pray to, replacing Jesus. My church does not go by the cross, but not because it is considered an idol. Historic data shows that a strong pole was used and crosses did not come until centuries later.

    Answer by MaryWolfe at 7:19 AM on Sep. 28, 2010