I have thought about this (image of God thing) and now I propose something new to us all – do we want an image of God we can make in our image (ie: God as a human)? That’s the part I am looking at now – and I think the human race has always wanted this…but the fact remains – we serve a God that doesn’t.
God’s 2nd commandment in Exodus 20 is about this very thing – not making images/idols to serve…does God include Himself in that idea? I mean, if we actually saw God – would He want statues erected in His honor? Or maybe a painting? Now you can see the human vices on this subject…we want an image (even a photo will do – or maybe a potato chip shaped just right).
Jesus – if he is divine – does that very thing for Christians. We have a ‘human God’. Now we can draw pictures, statues, paintings, coloring books, etc. I do not think God would break commandment number 2 – as with number 1 – if Jesus is divine at all?
Christians are human also – we want an image of the ‘invisible God’ (I quote Paul here). That’s Jesus! But wait, there is a problem here…now Jesus becomes all things once we know the image. Jesus is a biker for bikers. Jesus is skater for the skaters. By God being ‘imaged’ – we can also play with that image and make it into ‘anything humanly possible’. Just go and see how Jesus is used and held up in many Christian circles – made to represent whatever the church so much as chooses. You give God an image – you also have the rights to that ‘image’.
Is this a breaking of the 2nd commandment now?
“You shall not make for yourself an idol/graven image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4)
Is God not into images about God? Can we break this commandment for the ‘One true God’? Jesus as a human God – well – isn’t that the imagery Christianity is using to make God into a whole whack of things? Why can’t we just admit we are looking at commandment #2 here in the 10 Christians use and see – ‘you know what…we have made an image of God…and it’s Jesus’. I do believe these are Jesus quotes also ‘No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:eighteen) and “Not that anyone has seen the Father” (John 6:46).
I am getting to the point of ‘why even have commandments if all we are doing is breaking them’?