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Because of Ex 20:4 is all art sin ?

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  • Because of Ex 20:4 is all art sin ?

    Exodus 20:4 says "You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens above, the earth below, or the waters under the earth." Does this mean art is not allowed by religious law?

    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    2 Cor 3 NIV

    . 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

    Let us take an even more serious issue. The Law says that the wages of sin is death. If you sin you die for all eternity. BUT thank The Lord Jesus, who is The Spirit of the law, He has brought us forgiveness by His blood.

    Look at the same verse that it states the wages of sin is death:

    Romans 6 NIV

    23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    The law brings death, but The Spirit of Jesus brings life.

    If we make a painting, or a photo of a Lion and think about how great the Lion is, that is not best. But if we look at the photo and thank God for making such a beautiful creature we have done well.

    If any man wants to talk about a creature that he might have a weakness to make into an idol out of, it would be a woman. Women are the most beautiful of all God’s creation. If we look upon the woman and give her the glory for her beauty, we have done wrong. She did not make herself beautiful. God created woman and made them beautiful. If we look upon the woman and give God the glory for her beauty we have done well.

    Woman are very beautiful and God made them for man. He meant for us to enjoy their beauty, but to give Him praise for that beauty not the woman.

    We are to worship the Creator and NOT the creation.

    The descendants of Gideon made an idol out of the Ephod that Gideon made. God spoke through the Ephod. But the Ephod was part of His creation. They looked to the Ephod instead of the One who spoke through it.

    Many today make an idol out of the Bible. The Bible is part of His creation and we are not to look to the Book. We are to look to The Author of the Book. We are to read The Book looking for the Author. Many men read the Book and many groups of men disagree on the meaning of it. If we look to The Author He will lead us into all Truth.

    The Pharisees looked to the Book and they memorized whole books of the Bible. But they went to destruction. Jesus told then this:

    John 5 NIV

    39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that IN THEM you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    The Holy Scriptures did not bring them eternal life. In fact they rejected the very Author of The Book who was standing before them and they EVEN seen Him raise the dead.

    Satan will try to get us to make an idol out of anything we value; even the Bible. He did that with the Pharisees.

    A Sinner Saved by Grace Alone

    His Bond Servant

    Lou Newton