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What is a Graven Image?

worship of idols or grave image

Posted by MichaelO'D on 2003-09-04 19:28:12

I am a Catholic, and hae always been very close to my faith. As you know- Catholics have statues and religious paintings in church. Statues or paintings are not worshipped or adored. They have no power at all of themselves. They are helps to pray by remeinding one of the Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary,or another saint.It could be compared to looking upon a manger scene or a religious Christmas card or a stain glass window. they are by know means necessary to our faith-- but many would find artistic imagery to be a help when praying. If it is not part of your ownreligious expereince-- thats fine also-it isnot necessary for one's Christain faith.

Posted by ChrisG21 on 2005-06-12 23:07:44

I, like Michael, am also Catholic and venerate images, not worship them. The Ark of the Covenant had two sculptures of angels kneeling in worship on its lid, and those weren't considered graven. It is not the images per se that is the issue, but the intentions for which they were made.

Posted by AmericanJew on 2008-06-20 04:23:18

You make an statue of a person you think is God and you bow to it. Idol