Graven Images: Altering the Commandments?
And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent…
Recently we received an 80-page booklet entitled “What’s Behind The New World Order?” It can be traced back to the writings of Ellen G. White, foundress of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. According to this booklet, the Catholic Church is behind the New World Order. The booklet claims that this is true, since the Church is the beast of Revelation (Rev. 17). It attempts to prove this claim by exposing the “marks of the beast.” Due to limited space, only one charge will be considered. This is a common charge used against the Catholic Church.
According to this booklet, one “mark of the beast” is the alteration of God’s Commandments. The booklet claims that the Catholic Church dropped the “Second Commandment” which forbids “graven images”, i.e. statues. Allegedly the Catholic Church condones statue worship.
Now one version of the Ten Commandments can be found in the fifth chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy (also Exodus 20). Comparing Deut. 5:6-21 in a Catholic Bible with that found in a Protestant Bible reveals no essential differences. A few words may differ but that is due to differing translations. The major difference is not content but how Catholics and Protestants traditionally divide up and number these Commandments. Unfortunately the Bible lumps the Ten Commandments all together without division or numbering. (The verse numbers are no help since they were added by Bible scholars many centuries after Christ.)
Traditionally Catholics consider Deut. 5:6-10 as the First Commandment, Read the rest of this entry »