I have been pondering the same question for weeks now. How exactly does one handle the second commandment in regards to art?

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.

What exactly is meant by graven image? Does graven simply mean carved or does it mean something more like serious? Should we paint likenesses of creation? Does ‘thou shalt not make unto thee’ simply mean ‘do not fashion an idol of’ or is it something more than that? Any thoughts?

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