Monotheistic Religion

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Monotheistic Religions Paper
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Dr. Donald Howard
David Carradine
June 10, 2012

Describe how Judaism understands God.
“The term "God" which is used in reference to the Creator is considered sacred, thus according to Orthodox Jews at least, all care and respect should be undertaken towards any paper or scroll which has the term printed upon it.
In obedience to Gods Commandment the Jewish faith does not allow any image or icon of God. Consequently the only way that is left to "see" God is through verbal imagery.
The issue of conflict between God's Commandment and the use of images within the Torah, which is regarded as God's word, can be explained satisfactorily by Jewish teaching in my opinion. Also it is acceptable within reason to use imagery regarding God, so long as proper decorum, respect, reverence and strict guidelines and understanding are followed by believers.

It must be understood however that although the Jewish understanding of God may permit the use of imagery, God must never be represented by any direct image. The roots of this belief, predominant in Jewish beliefs, stems from the book of Exodus, "You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth”. You shall not bow down to them or serve them" (Exodus 20: 3-5). This is an absolute vital Commandment in God's eyes. His law is not to be taken lightly for fear of the consequences; later in Exodus we are sufficiently warned of God's reaction to those who dare to disobey his Command. God raged to Moses. "They have cast themselves a metal calf, worshipped it and offered sacrifice to it, shouting, Israel here is your God who brought you here from Egypt! ...leave me now, so that my anger can blaze at them and I can put an end to them!" (Exodus 32: 7-10).

Jewish tradition therefore allows no statue,…...

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