The context of these verses concerns the israelites who had a history of idolatry, killing prophets and taking up following new gods.
They're not overly relevant to any of the "Counter-apologetics" arguments and to present generations, catholics, or anyone who makes a Jesus statue :) --Stig 10:57, 4 October 2008 (CDT)
- Unfortunately, the way people read holy books, they're usually not understood as "Oh, this is what happened to one particular group of people at a specific moment in time". Rather, they tend to be interpreted as "This is an eternal commandment from God." Especially in a section called "The Ten Commandments" (aka God's Top Ten List of Rules).
- At any rate, as written (which may be different from what was intended, or may be a mistranslation, but that's a separate issue), the first two versions of the 2nd commandment do prohibit drawing pictures of fish. --Arensb 11:39, 4 October 2008 (CDT)
People do tend to forget about context with these things. Mosaic law also was supposed to be temporary. In the context of verses the real issue is about idolatry, making images and worshipping them. Not whether you can draw a fish or not. --Stig 07:33, 5 October 2008 (CDT)