Simplified for the times…
Exodus 20:4-6 ESV
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
So I started thinking about this passage at the same time as my mind was trying to grasp the “spooky” quantum effects that have been observed by scientists. Now in this passage God says He is a jealous God. First thought is why would he be jealous of his own creations? I mean He was mad at humans for their sinful ways so He flooded the earth to get rid of the sinful ones that didn’t please him so if He was so jealous of other creatures and didn’t want us to look upon them and like them why wouldn’t He have just let them be washed away as well?
What if He was just simplifying the reason for humans not to keep images/records to an emotion that we could understand? Think about it… If there were no pictures of a butterfly to tell you what a butterfly looked like when all the atoms/wave lengths line up just right in that exact moment that you look at them then would you really be able to know or see the butterfly or even acknowledge it’s existence. It’s like when the ships were coming to North America… the Native Americans had never seen anything like it and had no conception of such large ships and that there were other humans across the ocean so when Shamans started to see these waves rippling into the shore they had to keep looking and observing until they could quantify and realize what this new unworldly object was. We find all kinds of dinosaur bones throughout the earth yet we have no real understanding how they ended up being here. The only reason we know they were here is because we are conscious of the elements within our own bodies (calcium that make up bones) but in the very early days before anyone died and decomposed if they found a bone on the ground they would probably just think it to be an odd shaped rock because they don’t know about bones and the human body. In fact they may not have even been able to see it existing at all because they wouldn’t have known about the matter that made it up. Maybe all this time that we’ve been “learning” and gaining “knowledge” we’ve really just been constraining ourselves by rules and laws and limiting our collective abilities. Because once you create something and categorize it and more then one person knows about it then you can’t change it. Maybe that’s why God told us not to make statues/pictures and such.. That way we could live in a life of infinite possibilities and shape the reality around us through collective beliefs and morals. Notice the stories in the Bible start with a person gaining the trust of more and more people by doing small tasks and the Lord always makes each next task a little larger then the next but also makes more believers in the mean time. God wanted to part the seas for Moses and Moses trusted God and all the people trusted Moses so when he raised the stick through God’s will the environment and reality catered to their need. Notice these people were so embraced in belief that they would believe anything is possible because they didn’t have schools and text books to try to tell them that you can’t stop a river with a stick. Oh you can — but everyone there has to believe 100% in their whole body and mind and speak to the Lord and it has to be in his will and it will happen. We wonder why large scale miracles don’t seem to happen today… Maybe it’s because we are too busy teaching our children reasons why they can’t happen… But not pointing out the ones that did happen and conditioning a society/generation that will make miracles happen.