2nd Command and God's Hands

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Pilgrim Standard

Puritan Board Sophomore
I believe they do. First off, the Father does not have "hands" as most representations I have seen of the "Hand" or "Hands" of God are obviously depicting the "Father's" hands, except in the instance of the "nail pierced hands." God did not limit images of himself to body parts. We must also remember that the 2nd Commandment does not only limit visual representation of God though.
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Doctor
Interesting question.

I assume you're not speaking of Jesus in particular, so that any reference to God's hand is metaphorical to begin with. One could argue that a picture, then, is merely an illustration of the metaphor... not an illustration of God.

For example, if I wrote down a verse about "God's heart" and illustrated it with a heart, no one would think I'm trying to draw a picture of part of God. I'm merely illustrating the metaphor. A hand, I think, feels like a more realistic representation of a body part and might be more likely to lead to someone actually thinking it's supposed to be a picture of God. But common sense still tells most of us that it's not an illustration of God but rather an illustration of a metaphor.

This might not be something to get too riled up about. There are far clearer ways that God is misrepresented in our churches today.
 
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Wynteriii

Puritan Board Freshman
What would you say about an image that has a hand from above descending and grabbing another hand from the bottom of the image. The above hand is to be perceived as God's hand and the bottom hand is ours.

What if it was instead an image of one of the nail pierced hands of Christ!

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Pilgrim Standard

Puritan Board Sophomore
The Westminster Standards contain the following. I find it to be a profitable aid and guard:

From the WLC with emphasis added
Q. 109. What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?
A. the sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising,
counselling, commanding, using, and anywise approving, any religious
worship not instituted by god himself;
the making any representation of god,
of all or of any of the three persons,
either inwardly in our mind,
or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever;
all worshipping of it, or god in it or by it;
the making of any representation of feigned deities, and all worship of them,
or service belonging to them, all superstitious devices,
corrupting the worship of god,
adding to it, or taking from it, whether invented and taken up of ourselves,
or received by tradition from others, though under the title of antiquity,
custom, devotion, good intent, or any other pretence whatsoever; simony;
sacrilege; all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and
ordinances which god hath appointed.
 

Wynteriii

Puritan Board Freshman
The Westminster Standards contain the following. I find it to be a profitable aid and guard:

From the WLC with emphasis added
Q. 109. What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?
A. the sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising,
counselling, commanding, using, and anywise approving, any religious
worship not instituted by god himself;
the making any representation of god,
of all or of any of the three persons,
either inwardly in our mind,
or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever;
all worshipping of it, or god in it or by it;
the making of any representation of feigned deities, and all worship of them,
or service belonging to them, all superstitious devices,
corrupting the worship of god,
adding to it, or taking from it, whether invented and taken up of ourselves,
or received by tradition from others, though under the title of antiquity,
custom, devotion, good intent, or any other pretence whatsoever; simony;
sacrilege; all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and
ordinances which god hath appointed.

Thank you for pointing this out.
 
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