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Exodus 20:4-6 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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

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YES. I would like to see more answers. I want a picture of Jesus, and I don't want to worship it, but I don't feel right about it. I would love to hear what other will say about this. God Bless You. Gene
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There are many differing opinions about this topic. I myself feel it would be wrong to have a (supposed) image of Jesus. It would be very difficult to have an image (that represents Jesus) and not have thoughts of worship (the reverent love and allegiance accorded a deity or a ardent humble devotion) toward the Son of God. The place to seek the correct answer would be the bible. The words of God should be evaluated  carefully before a final decision is made.
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There are representations of Jesus everywhere, e.g. in children’s books with stories of the Bible. There is nothing wrong with them. But religious pictures (icons) of Jesus should be avoided. We do not need material things to worship God. (2 Cor. 5:6) The Bible clearly states: “Flee from idolatry.” (1 Cor. 10:14) The word “idolatry” is Greek. It is a compound word of two parts: “idol+latria.” In Greek, idol means the reflection of something, for example, of yourself in a mirror. Latria means worship. But the exact meaning of the word latria in ancient Greek is holy/sacred service. So idolatry actually means holy service to a reflection of whatever. So if you feel that a picture or a statue is given religious attention in some way, you can easily fall into idolatry. The idea is that you can get attached to it so much as to feel uncomfortable to throw it into the dustbin if, for example, it is damaged or you have found a better replacement. You should also consider how others feel about it. Would they feel offended if you destroyed something that they regard as holy? To avoid such an awkward situation exclude pictures specifically made for worship in some religion. Another problem is the argument that “I use it just like I would have used a picture of my father on my desk.” That’s a shallow argument. We don’t know what Jesus looked like and certainly he did not walk around with a disc (a halo) on his head. If your father had died when you were a baby, would you have the picture of any man on your desk and call him “father”? Would he really remind you of your father? Wouldn’t you rather try to find out as much about him as you can? Which comes to: Read your Bible Daily.
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God is seeking such who will worship Him in spirit and truth. How are we going to fulfill it? I believe that it is better if we don't have any images or pictures in worshiping Him.
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