The view of some strict Protestants that no images are permitted in church whatsoever (even the cross), stems from their reading of Exodus 20:4, one of the Ten Commandments.
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.
The verse before it provides context, and many understand the two verses as forming a single unit, verse 4 listing practices associated with verse 3.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Verse 3 is very important for understanding the covenant community in the Bible (Israel and the Church), and for understanding salvation. Salvation comes from Yahweh, the God of Israel, and Yahweh alone. He achieved it on the Cross in the Person of the Son, Jesus the Messiah, which is why Peter declared of…
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