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Is it wrong to have Jesus as an idol?

One of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not make an idol from the heavens above, or from the earth below" or something like that. Does this apply to having Jesus Christ as an idol as well?

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The bible is talking about "false" idols. Like when they worshiped the golden calf. The bible wants you to worship Jesus. ( At least the New Testament part of the bible does)

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You're wrong. The Ten Commandments say "any idol"
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Yeah, Idols other than God himself. Read Exodus, chapter 20, where it explains what a false idol is. God is an idol. Jesus is God. Do you really think God meant don't worship Jesus?
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1) I am the Lord, your God.
2) Thou shall bring no false idols before me.
3) Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4) Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5) Honor thy father and thy mother.
6)Thou shall not kill/murder?.
7) Thou shall not commit adultery.
8) Thou shall not steal??.
9) Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
10) Thou shall not covet? your neighbor's wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor)
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I don't know which translation you read, but that's not what the Bible says. It says "Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor ANY manner of likeness, of anything that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth".
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I've read that there are over 2000 variations of the New Testament alone, who knows how many of the Old Testament. To my way of thinking, to pick one..even if it's the most widely published and popular one here in the US..and to take it literal, word for word, is a mistake. But that's the role of the church..to interpret.
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No

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Not at all. He is our savior.

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No way can it be wrong to have him as an idol I wouldn't care what any body says

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If it is a physical idol than it is considered worshipping a false god, but otherwise no

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Yes. Any idolatry is not allowed by God. Jesus statues, crosses, etc are all idols, and all those worshipping them violate God's laws. Idolatry is part of the Noahide laws, and therefore all humanity is bound to avoid idolatry. Those who give you advice to commit idolatry because it's "Jesus" give you bad advice that will take you out of favor with God. God said no idols, He meant no idols.

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One thing I know about Christians is that they have perfected the art of "cherry-picking"
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The kid is not asking if it's ok to worship a statue or anything else man made. She's asking if it's ok to idolize Jesus himself. Of course it is.
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Sgd. The OP asked in relation to the commandments. It has been a controversial topic since the birth of Christendom and is the cause for the creation of the trinity. Jesus (if a real man existed) was a man, and as such an idol of worship by Christians in the eyes of the Jews.
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That's the main difference between most of the Christian sects isn't it? Do you take the passages literally or do you take the spirit of the meaning? I think there's been too many translations and too much time between the Latin version and the English version to take everything literal. I think to take it literally is putting a lot of trust in each translators choice of words along the way. Just my opinion.
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Yet so many Christians insist on literalism when arguing the age of the world...
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Nope.

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I wonder if there's a difference between an idol and an icon? It's hard to imagine that, if you consider Jesus to be God, or God's son, that it would be improper, from even the most fundamentalist point of view, to have a figurine of him sitting on your mantel.

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I agree, Dodgy. It always comes down to people nitpicking over words rather than meaning. She's not asking if it's ok to worship a statue. She's asking if it's ok to idolize Jesus. How could any Christian say that's not ok?
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And I'm Agnostic. Lol.
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Me too :-)
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Thank you Dozy. :-) concerning Jesus figurines ... it reminds me of the song that Paul Newman was sang in the movie Cool Hand Luke.
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I saw the movie, don't remember the song. It was a while ago. I'll chase it up on YouTube and listen.
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Interesting and apt. I noticed he had tears in his eyes as he sang it.
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I thought she was asking if it was okay to own and worship a Jesus idol. I understood the question just as our friend Dozy answered it (I say that as someone who is a Christian).
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Doze, yours is the only logical answer that makes any sense to me. He is not an idol, an inanimate object that is believed to have power as an inanimate object. Thanks for being a beacon of light in a dark world. God is Truth. And His Son is The Light of the World. I do believe that you might be a better representative of who and what a Christian is than those of us who profess to be Christians. You are a great guy and one of the great minds on here, like a true Mark Twain among us.
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If I live another 75 years I'll never get a nicer compliment than that, no matter how undeserved.

I know my answers to religious questions sometimes appear paradoxical but I treat them from two different points of view. Some are simple questions asking for information and I try to answer those in the spirit they're asked; some are self-righteous, proselytising questions and I try to answer those in the manner they deserve.

That's very judgmental of me, I know, but that's the reason why I treat them differently. My logo probably illustrates that -- one head with horns one with a halo. I guess that makes me a spiritual schizophrenic. ;-)
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An idol is an idol is an idol.
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Perhaps, Lior. I just see them as an aid to devotion, like a painting ... though some of those are pretty grotesque.
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Cyber: A day or two ago I referred to Dodgy as "The Artful Dodgy", what you're saying is pretty much what I meant. Now, as far as his looks....
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Crikey, sgde, that final comment sounds just like my wife *sob*...
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Lol. Smart woman. Good eyesight too.
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:) I'll get ya for that...
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its wrong o be religious....

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Jesus do not have long hair, in fact, this is one of the doctrines of the Lord in the new testament.

1 Corinthians 11:14

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

IF A MAN HAVE LONG HAIR, IT IS A SHAME UNTO HIM?

the image of Christ introduces by catholic church has a long hair. now with this statement. are you going to believe that Jesus had a long hair?



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Well when I think of Jesus I think of hair that reaches at least to his neck.
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That's a profound question, and I think also hinges on whether you mean the term "idol" as a concept, or as a physical representation (like a figurine/statue).
It seems to me, the inherent danger in idolatry is expressed in most religions, at least in the writings and the comments of their prophets and incarnations. They almost all seem to warn the worshiper to beware of placing any physical or mental barrier between themselves and the divine/one/all. Intense reverence for a prophet, a saint, and especially a worldly incarnation, seems to be fine, but it is said to be important to bear foremost in the mind that that person is merely a "signpost", a "messenger", or perhaps even a "conduit" to the true divinity/one/all --
that is to say: the Means .. and not the End.
Christianity seems to place exceptional importance on this concept, as well, especially in Jesus's own comments and sermons.
If you mean "idol" as a physical statue or figurine, I understand the same concept applies. The statue is allowed (in some denominations) to serve as a mental focusing point for thought, but should not become a barrier to the divine. That is, a person must be worshiping through and far beyond the crass physical object and onward to the true divinity/one/all.
If you are worshiping Jesus Christ as the worldly incarnation (Son) of the Father, I would think that an important thing to remember would be this: Jesus, in his human form, was therefore subject to human desires and temptations and had to wrestle with them (as we do), and turned to the Father for help and sustenance.
So, depending on your denomination's interpretation -- I believe it's important to see worship of Jesus as a conduit, since (in his human form) he was a presented as a living connection to the fullness of God/one/all:
The Means (the Way), and not the End.
-- at least, this is how I understand it.

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That is not a profound question. If the definition of an idol is a false god or an object that is adorned or worshipped then Jesus is not an idol. He is not a physical object / false god so it is wrong to worship him as a figurine. I like Dodgy's answer best! Jesus is real. People who believe in Him worship Him in spirit and in truth.

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This warning is talking about a physical idol. It is wrong to worship a statue, as it is taking the place of God. God bless.

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Yes that's a huge problem. That would be idolatry, one of the three cardinal sins.

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Do you think other god except for Jesus can exist? No. only Jesus is our God.
Although Jesus gave us everything he had, what have you given Jesus?
You must believe in Jesus as your only savior. If you do that, you can't think of Jesus as an idol .

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you shall make him idol because he is neither from heaven nor from below earth. he is from the earth. a true human being. a true saint. he was one of the best revolutionary world has ever seen after buddha. he was enlightened and had wisdom. what more requirements does your idol need?

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