Images of Christ Are Unscriptural
Images include drawings and icons. Eusebius, a Christian historian in the 4th century, strongly refused Constantia's request for images of Christ. A council called by Constantine in 753 condemned painting of Christ.

Nobody knows how Jesus looks like. Christians are supposed to be truthful and should not portray Jesus while not knowing how He looks like. Most such images have long hair, which may not reflect the real situation. Jesus was a Jew in Roman Empire. Jews, except those who took on a vow of a Nazarite vow (Numbers 6:5), kept short hair. Men in Roman Empires in general also kept short hair with Caesar cut. Bible teaches it is a shame for men to have long hair (1 Corinthians 11:14). Jesus the Nazarene was not under a Nazarite vow because He touched a dead body (Matthew 9:25) and drank wine (Matthew 11:19).

It is against the second commandment (Exodus 20:4) in ten commandments to create any image for worship, including image of God. Christians worship Jesus as God, so having so-called images of Christ contradicts with this principle. If we believe Jesus is God and worship Him, we should not create any image for Him (Romans 1:23). Having a cross is alright because it is not worshipped.

Bible verses cited in this article

Exodus 20:4 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:
Numbers 6:5 All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
1 Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

Posted: 2016-11-03 by Ong Seng Aun.
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