Regarding the Second Commandment

September 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm (Uncategorized)

The text of the Second Commandment reads as follows (from Exodus 20:4; Exodus 34:13-15; Deuteronomy 5:8):

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

This means that, if you were to take the Biblical Ten Commandments literally, you cannot make idols of which are below the Earth’s crust or above the troposphere. So, this effectively means that if people were to, say, worship money, or earthly possessions, this is in fact not against the Third Commandment.

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