As a kid I would often be repremanded by my parents for putting a poster of a popstar or other contemporary celebrity which I lended my appreciation to. But what confused me is the much disaproval of my popstars when every time we sat down for dinner we would be watched by a framed illustration of Jesus that was produced by the society.
Now that I'm older and I visited my parent's house I saw the same photograph, sat proudly on the dining wall demonstrating the 'strong faith' they still have. Reminded of my childhood concerns I sneakly did some research on the watchtower CD and discovered this passage in reference to idols:
“You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion.”—Exodus 20:4, 5.
But as the orginisation clearly points out is, "God’s twofold prohibition: First, his people were not to make images for worship, and second, they were not to “bow down to them” or serve them." Now does this mean making images of any kind, earth or heaven are forbidden? They seem to recognise a difference between the image itself, and then worship...
My question is, has anyone else been concerned over this? What line is drawn by the society at the production of earthly or godly images? Have you seen assembly halls like the ones I used to visit which had bible scenes in every direction? Does this passage only apply to pictures on walls, or do images in watchtowers and other publications count?
Just incase you needed some imagery, here's some I thought demonstrated my point: