crobinso writes:J&R said,As far as displaying nativity scenes, we wonder if making an image of Christ as a baby is not against the second commandment? (Exodus 20:4) What do you all think?Ooh! Ooh! (Hand frantically waving in the air.) I know! I know!A radio Bible teacher, Harold Camping, of Family Radio, says that the image of the Christ baby is definitely against the second commandment. When I heard him say this, earlier this year, I was saddened. The same is true for angels. Again, I was saddened. This would mean that I'd have to throw away a lot of Christmas ornaments and other religious trinkets. I haven't done so, yet, because I need to know if my angels and the Christ child in the nativity are indeed violations of the second commandment. I am leaning towards "yes", but then I have (up to now) have heard only one Man's opinion.Let me ask you one important question? With the baby Christ, the angel or any other Christmas ornament you own ... did you bow and worship it? ... did you make sacrifices before it? ... did you pray to the decorative item? If you did not then it was not an idol.Keep in the temple and even the Ark of the Covenant was decorated with cherub. So, if that decorative image was not considered an idol, then it is safe to assume a decorative image used for another purpose can also not be an idol.
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