What does the bible say about having pictures of angel?

What does the bible say about having pictures of angel? Isn’t there one part fo the bible where God got mad for people having statues or drawings of them?

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  • Light of Mitch (Light Reborn)

    Well that’s kind of mean, I mean there’s no way you can have a picture of God, so how can he expect you to idolise him?

  • Ed

    It says don’t have any pictures or statues of beings in the world of the spirit. But there are many religions that ignore that.

  • Maurog II

    Exodus 20:4
    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.

    So anything in the sky, earth and water shouldn’t be depicted. Whether it also applies to imaginary things like angels is anyone’s call.

    Also, if you’re not a 100% Orthodox Jew, you’re allowed to apply common sense and realize that it’s talking about idol worship, and it is in fact ok to make statues, paintings, pictures and movies of anything as long as you don’t start worshiping it.

  • reflexologist

    Deut. 5:8 – God’s commandment “thou shall not make a graven image” is entirely connected to the worship of false gods. God does not prohibit images to be used in worship, but He prohibits the images themselves to be worshiped.

    Exodus 25:18-22; 26:1,31 – for example, God commands the making of the image of a golden cherubim. This heavenly image, of course, is not worshiped by the Israelites. Instead, the image disposes their minds to the supernatural and draws them to God.

    Num. 21:8-9 – God also commands the making of the bronze serpent. The image of the bronze serpent is not an idol to be worshiped, but an article that lifts the mind to the supernatural.

    I Kings 6:23-36; 7:27-39; 8:6-67 – Solomon’s temple contains statues of cherubim and images of cherubim, oxen and lions. God did not condemn these images that were used in worship.

    2 Kings 18:4 – it was only when the people began to worship the statue did they incur God’s wrath, and the king destroyed it. The command prohibiting the use of graven images deals exclusively with the false worship of those images.

    Ezek. 41:15 – Ezekiel describes graven images in the temple consisting of carved likenesses of cherubim. These are similar to the images of the angels and saints in many Catholic churches.

    Col. 1:15 – the only image of God that Catholics worship is Jesus Christ, who is the “image” (Greek “eikon”) of the invisible God.
    Since the days of the apostles, the Catholic Church has consistently condemned the sin of idolatry. The early Church Fathers warn against this sin, and Church councils also dealt with the issue.

    The Second Council of Nicaea (787), which dealt largely with the question of the religious use of images and icons, said, “[T]he one who redeemed us from the darkness of idolatrous insanity, Christ our God, when he took for his bride his holy Catholic Church . . . promised he would guard her and assured his holy disciples saying, ‘I am with you every day until the consummation of this age.’ . . . To this gracious offer some people paid no attention; being hoodwinked by the treacherous foe they abandoned the true line of reasoning . . . and they failed to distinguish the holy from the profane, asserting that the icons of our Lord and of his saints were no different from the wooden images of satanic idols.”

    The Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566) taught that idolatry is committed “by worshipping idols and images as God, or believing that they possess any divinity or virtue entitling them to our worship, by praying to, or reposing confidence in them” (374).

    “Idolatry is a perversion of man’s innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who ‘transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God’” (CCC 2114).

    The Church absolutely recognizes and condemns the sin of idolatry. What anti-Catholics fail to recognize is the distinction between thinking a piece of stone or plaster is a god and desiring to visually remember Christ and the saints in heaven by making statues in their honor. The making and use of religious statues is a thoroughly biblical practice. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know his Bible.

    It is not that some Protestants don’t understand what Catholics really believe, it’s that they refuse to accept what Catholicism has to say for herself, so Protestants make up lies about statue worship.

  • Fuzzy

    Having art does not cause any problem – it is when people use the object as an idol that the problem arises. As such many fine pieces of art depicting angels, or the last supper, cause no problems except perhaps if they are found to depict something in a wrong, or weird manner.

    Then you have the artworks in which small little children are seen as angels, this clearly is incorrect. However, incorrect, if it isn’t used as an object for idol worship, there is no real objection to imagination, again if it is done in good taste.

    Once an object becomes focus of veneration, or worship then it becomes a serious problem that God and Christ will punish severely for, even damnation is possible.

  • *RaMi*

    Agrees with Maurog

  • Shaw

    Some scriptural thoughts: (JB= Jerusalem Bible, NAB= New American Bible, NW= New World Translation, Dy= Catholic Challoner-Douay version)

    Ex. 20:4, 5, JB: “You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them [“bow down before them or worship them,” NAB]. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God.” (Notice that the prohibition was against *making* images and bowing down before them.)

    Lev. 26:1, JB: “You must make no idols; you must set up neither carved image nor standing-stone [“sacred pillar,” NW], set up no sculptured stone in your land, to prostrate yourselves in front of it; for it is I, Yahweh, who am your God.” (No image before which people might bow in worship was ever to be set up.)

    2 Cor. 6:16, JB: “The temple of God has no common ground with idols, and that is what we are—the temple of the living God.”

    1 John 5:21, NAB: “My little children, be on your guard against idols”

    May images be used simply as aids in worship of God?

    John 4:23, 24, JB: “True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.” (Those who rely on images as aids to devotion are not worshiping God “in spirit” but they depend on what they can see with their physical eyes.)

    2 Cor. 5:7, NAB: “We walk by faith, not by sight.”

    Isa. 40:18, JB: “To whom could you liken God? What image could you contrive of him?”

    Acts 17:29, JB: “Since we are the children of God, we have no excuse for thinking that the deity looks like anything in gold, silver or stone that has been carved and designed by a man.”

    Isa. 42:8, JB: “My name is Yahweh, I will not yield my glory to another, nor my honour to idols [“graven things,” Dy].”

    Hope this interests you. Have a nice day!! :-)

  • Karen

    I left the Catholic church due to practices I do not agree with. Yahweh told Moses and others to build temples (and the Ark of the Covenant) and adorn them with certain statues. The Catholic church adorns with statues and has shrines for people that was ordered by man, not Yahweh. I also do not like the fact that they have a cross with a dead Messiah on it. The Messiah is risen. Also, Yeshua meant for communion to be Spiritual, not cannibalistic (not the literal eating of the flesh). Yeshua is the bread that is much better than manna or any physical food which can only sustain physical life for a short time. He gives eternal life. “He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and He who believes in Me shall never thirst…Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (6:35, 47).

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