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God prohibits our making or having images in a context of worshipping Him. However, man, in his unbelief, prefers a visible god to the Invisible One. Images are a sure sign of false religion and are widely used in nominal Christendom. Whereas images are seen as enhancing worship, God sternly commanded the children of Israel to destroy them, which tells us how odious to God and dangerous to man images are.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to give us life, not empty and deceptive representations. In the beginning He sent out His disciples and apostles, who, being raised as Jews and knowing the Law, didn’t use images, and likewise they taught the Gentiles to abstain from the “pollution of idols.” Paul said to the men of Athens, a city full of idols (which are a product of men making God in their own image):
“Then being offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like gold or silver or stone, engraved by art and man’s imagination. Truly, then, God overlooking the times of ignorance, now He strictly commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:29-30 MKJV).
True faith is knowing God as He is, not as men imagine Him or His attributes to be, which they express in images, as with the golden calf, representing strength. The latter is the works of men (cults), the paths of the destroyer. The former is the Rock on which His Church is built. We cover this topic, with more explanation and practical examples, in Religious Images, Icons, and Likenesses.
“The images of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but no voice, they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but no hearing; and there is no breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; and so is everyone who puts his hope in them” (Psalms 135:15-18 BBE).
Consider the alternative to keeping images: Instead of focusing on dumb and powerless idols, worship the Invisible God. When you do so, He will reveal Himself to you and you’ll be on the path to becoming like Him, the Living Creator.
You have nothing to explain away if you don’t believe a falsehood in the first place. Nobody receives the Spirit of God within at repentance. Repentance is not the new birth. Therefore, there’s nothing to explain. Furthermore, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Christ are all one and the same Person, not three.
The purpose of this writing is to set free those bound by the error that a married couple must remain together simply because they are married. Regardless of licenses, ceremonies, and approval of men, if God didn’t put man and woman together, in His sight the union is a lawless one, and the couple lives in fornication. If so, then they ought to part, discontinuing their sin rather than continuing in it.
This doctrine is not often preached in nominal Christendom, but it seems a rather strange thing to find so many people professing to be Christians who believe this lie. Yet why should I be surprised to find such in the?church systems, the gates of Hell? Isn’t it written, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2)?