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What is a Graven Image?

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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?

32% (222) God's Second Commandment forbids us to make any images of any living thing
47% (323) God's Second Commandment forbids only the worship of images - we are free to make them
16% (110) Unsure
3% (25) No opinion

680 voters have answered this question.

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.

33% (230) True
50% (345) False
12% (88) Unsure
2% (14) No opinion

677 voters have answered this question.

3. A three-dimensional model of an animal (let's say, a horse) used as an ornament, is a graven image, forbidden by God.

30% (202) True
55% (375) False
12% (82) Unsure
1% (13) No opinion

672 voters have answered this question.

4. A painting of a horse or other animal is a graven image, forbidden by God.

20% (140) True
64% (431) False
13% (89) Unsure
1% (12) No opinion

672 voters have answered this question.

5. A photograph of a person or an animal is a graven image, forbidden by God.

17% (117) True
66% (442) False
14% (98) Unsure
1% (10) No opinion

667 voters have answered this question.

6. A statue of a Saint in a public place is a graven image, forbidden by God.

51% (340) True
35% (232) False
12% (81) Unsure
1% (9) No opinion

662 voters have answered this question.

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.

52% (344) True
32% (214) False
13% (91) Unsure
1% (9) No opinion

658 voters have answered this question.

8. The US Flag, which has stars on it (image of the heavens) is therefore a graven image, forbidden by God.

21% (143) True
56% (379) False
6% (41) Saluting the flag is forbidden, otherwise it's OK
13% (92) Unsure
1% (12) No opinion

667 voters have answered this question.

9. A statue of a Saint or religious person inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.

55% (367) True
29% (191) False
13% (87) Unsure
1% (12) No opinion

657 voters have answered this question.

10. A painting of a Saint or a religious person inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.

44% (287) True
37% (247) False
16% (105) Unsure
1% (12) No opinion

651 voters have answered this question.

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.

29% (193) True
52% (341) False
15% (102) Unsure
2% (13) No opinion

649 voters have answered this question.

12. A statue of Jesus Christ inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.

53% (347) True
32% (209) False
13% (85) Unsure
1% (10) No opinion

651 voters have answered this question.

13. A statue of the Virgin Mary with Child in a public place is a graven image, forbidden by God.

54% (351) True
32% (208) False
12% (80) Unsure
1% (10) No opinion

649 voters have answered this question.

14. A statue of the Virgin Mary with Child inside a Christian Church building is a graven image, forbidden by God.

56% (366) True
29% (192) False
12% (83) Unsure
1% (10) No opinion

651 voters have answered this question.

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?

54% (355) Catholic Church
2% (18) Orthodox Church
0% (6) Baptist Church
0% (4) Other Christian Church
15% (104) It's not for me to judge
3% (21) Images in Church are generally OK
6% (40) Images in Church are excellent - they help you to worship God
16% (105) I don't know the answer to this one

653 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2003-08-30 18:05:31 by Predator
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