Schaeffer deals with this question in his excellent little booklet Art & The Bible he points to the God's commands in Deuteronomy and Numbers as an explanation. God commanded the Israelites to make figures of oxen, (BibleGateway.com - PassageLookup: 1 Kings 7:25; 2 Chronicles 4:4; Jeremiah 52:20) pomegranates, (BibleGateway.com - PassageLookup: Exodus 28:33,34;39:24 BibleGateway.com - PassageLookup: 1 Kings 7:18,20,42; Jeremiah 52:22,23) plants, and many other living things (BibleGateway.com - PassageLookup: 1 Kings 6:18,29,32,35; Psalms 74:6)
(BibleGateway.com - PassageLookup: Exodus 25:33,34;37:19,20) when constructing the tabernacle. Clearly we are not to ever picture God, but picturing other living things (as long as we do not fall into worship) is encouraged in Scripture.
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I'm currently a student at Whitefield College majoring in Christian Classical Education.
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