Do we need the Ten Commandments? Are they “good law”? Let’s take a look at one commonly listed as Number 2: “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.”
In addition to graven images appearing on The List, there’s at least an entire chapter of Deuteronomy given over to graven images. I’ve redacted Deuteronomy Chapter 4:15—26 from the King James Version without, however, changing the meaning.
“Take ye therefore good heed . . . Lest you corrupt yourselves and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure . . . the likeness of any fish [emphasis added] that is in the waters beneath the earth . . . Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy god has forbidden thee . . . you shall utterly be destroyed.”
This, of course, led me to look at the graven images of fish, including the ones so often seen on automobiles of people I assume are believers.
The message, of course, is that the rule against graven images is largely ignored.
So, there’s at least one of the original 10 that can safely be tossed.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.