You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
A few questions:
1. Am I just imagining it, or was this commandment nonexistent in Catholic bibles at one time? I'm certain I remember reading a version of the ten commandments that excluded that phrase, but the online Catholic sources I've found now read virtually the same as Protestant ones. If the version has changed, why was that phrase excluded and then reintroduced? I'm thinking that it was excluded because it was one of the main forces of the Protestant revolution, and that it was reintroduced after Vatican II, but I don't know for sure. Any thoughts?
2. In light of the age we live in, what else does this commandment entail? The idols of the OT were mysteriously powerful, yet could impose no rule over those who worshiped them. Because they were beautiful they offered tangible awe. Because that beauty was created by man, it discretely and simultaneously offered worship of self. It's the perfect recipe for false worship, constantly aided by man's imagination. It seems the variety of false idols and the mediums that present them are on par with man's technological advances. There are those who believe some of these mediums are inherently more productive, logical, or holy, than others. And there are some who believe that God can be glorified through one medium just as well as any other. What do you think?