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What is a Graven Image?

All Bible-believing Christians, and most other people, will be aware of God's Second Commandment of the Ten Commandments. The second one begins: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth...thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them...(NKJV). So God forbids graven images, but what is God forbidding us to do, exactly? This poll is designed to address that question.
1. As a matter of principle, does God forbid us to make any kind of image (for instance, a picture of a lion) or is it merely the worship of such things that God forbids?
God's Second Commandment forbids us to make any images of any living thing
God's Second Commandment forbids only the worship of images - we are free to make them
Unsure
No opinion
2. I will now give various examples of what might constitute a graven image, forbidden by God. You have to decide whether it's forbidden. First of all, a statue of a famous president in Washington DC is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
3. A three-dimensional model of an animal (let's say, a horse) used as an ornament, is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
4. A painting of a horse or other animal is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
5. A photograph of a person or an animal is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
6. A statue of a Saint in a public place is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
7. A statue of Jesus Christ in a public place, such as the huge one overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
8. The US Flag, which has stars on it (image of the heavens) is therefore a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Saluting the flag is forbidden, otherwise it's OK
Unsure
No opinion
9. A statue of a Saint or religious person inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
10. A painting of a Saint or a religious person inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
11. Any kind of image, for instance a picture of a tree or a fish, inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
12. A statue of Jesus Christ inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
13. A statue of the Virgin Mary with Child in a public place is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
14. A statue of the Virgin Mary with Child inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.
True
False
Unsure
No opinion
15. Finally, bearing in mind the words of the Second Commandment, which Christian Church is the worst offender as regards allowing graven images, and bowing down to graven images?
Catholic Church
Orthodox Church
Baptist Church
Other Christian Church
It's not for me to judge
Images in Church are generally OK
Images in Church are excellent - they help you to worship God
I don't know the answer to this one
This poll was created on 2003-08-30 18:05:31 by Predator