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Manuscript Releases, vol. 15 [Nos. 1136-1185], Page 114

Mr No. 1156—Overuse of Pictures a Species of Idolatry

(Written September 8, 1899, from Strathfield, N.S.W., Australia, to G. A. Irwin.)

A warning has been given me in regard to our people. I have been instructed that they are certainly in danger.

God declares, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments” [Exodus 20:3-6].

Should we not make investigation in regard to the matter of illustrating our books so largely? Would not the mind have clearer, more perfect ideas of angels, of Christ, of all spiritual things, if no pictures were made to represent heavenly things? Many of the pictures made are grossly false as far as truth is concerned. Do not pictures so far removed from the truth give voice of falsehoods? We want to be true in all our representations of Jesus Christ. But many of the miserable daubs put into our books and papers are an imposition on the public.

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