Would that be only statues, or also cartoons, dollar bills with Washington on them, and photographs? An early English version said: "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."
Does this suggest that we should stone to death all artists who draw people better than my pitiful stick figures? Heck, I used to draw a pretty good horsie when I was about seven....
But there was a violation. Societies have standards. We expect people to abide by them. Picking up firewood on Saturday is not a stoning-to-death offense in Western cultures like it was in Hebrew times. That's changed.
are you saying that it was ok for the Jews to stone people because it was their way of living?
Pretty damn barbaric for a completely victimless "crime," is what I think. So, no, that's not ok with me:but I wasn't there back then. I haven't yet heard of a society that meets my ideas of a Good Society.
And I'm fairly aware of my shortcomings. I travelled over 240 miles today. The Sabbath. But somehow I just can't bring myself to give a red rat's ass about making atonement or seeking forgiveness for that.
Hell, I'm going to go draw an animal! An easy one, though.