No Graven Image Essay

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No Graven Image

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven
image, or any likeness of anything 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 thyself to them
nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:3-5). Jack
Sparks questions whether icons are graven images and go against what is said in the bible
in the pamphlet, “No Graven Image.” Sparks defines icons as “painted
images of Jesus Christ and His followers who, through the centuries of our history as the
Church, have been portrayed for all to see” (1). He explains that graven images are
images that are worshipped or adored because God is the only thing to be worshiped. Icons
are images that are to be venerated or respected. Therefore, icons are not graven images.

I agree that icons are not graven images. They help us worship God and celebrate our
faith. Sparks mentions that blank walls in a church symbolize emptiness. Icons in the
church enrich the celebration of God by keeping us interacted with the service. Images
like the cross, grapes, and peacocks and pictures of Jesus and his followers remind us of
why we are Christians. People learn better with images rather than words. We often get
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