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sunonun writes:

Keep in [mind] 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.

Keep in mind also that the Ark had on it the Mercy Seat, which was where God basically lived. Worshipping God is never wrong. Priests didn't minister to the cherubim or the Ark.

Also, all of the temple and its decorations were according to God's Word and done out of obedience to God. Ornaments, trees, Santa, etc were not commanded by God, so they are not without the potential to become idols but are also not automatically deemed so.

You prove my point exactly - here are heavenly images - cherub used as decorations but are not idols. So, it is possible to have a heavenly image and it not be an idol. If any heavenly image is an idol - as the Pastor that "crobinso" was listening to was very much trying to assert, then why would God himself have heavenly images formed by man incorporated into his most holiest of structures? The very wings of the cherub form the mercy seat. Because it is not the image - the decoration - it is what you do with it. That is why I, jokingly asked "crobinso" what he did with the decorations. The assertion of the Pastor he was listening to is absurd that all heavenly images are idols.

I do not pray to angels, but I enjoy seeing there images cascading down my christmas tree which has a star on top of it. All of these images remind me of what I read in scripture about miracles of the appearing of the star and the presence of angels at Christ's birth.

Yet, as a side note guess what? Christ's birth was most likely never in December, seeing that no census were taken by the Romans in what is December during this time period of Caesar Augustus or Quirinius, governor of Syria. Luke 2:1-2

Besides, anything can be turned into an idol. You ever seen the crazy looking stuff folks in India worship? You ever seen a statue of the goddess Diana as talked about in Ephesians? She was the hottest thing in Asia Minor. The main industry of Ephesus was based on making idols of her and worshipping her. Yet that was one scary, ugly chick (devil)!
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