There are some who omit the second commandment from the ten commandments. To help this omission be less noticeable, they split the tenth commandment into two commandments, so there are still ten in total. If you read a copy of the deviant list, you will not find, “Thou shalt not bow down or pray to an image.” But, they pad the list with two commandments for, “Thou shalt not covet.”

Why would anyone make such a change? The answer is so obvious that it seems silly to ask. Those who claim to be Christians, yet pray to images and honour them, would find it quite uncomfortable to find their sin listed among The Ten.

For clarification, God commanded the Israelites to make several images: a serpent, twelve bulls, pomegranates, almond flowers, angels, etc. So, this confirms that the image itself is not the problem, but the way we treat the image. Some rationalize their prayer to statues by saying that it helps them to worship God. However, God told you this is an abomination to Him, so it is not worship at all. When you reject God’s commands, you are rejecting His authority. When you forsake His authority, you are denying His omniscience and benevolence. That is the opposite of worship.

Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.

Isaiah 42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

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