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Letter: Straight to the point.

Byline: Dr Timothy Cross

REV Keith Kimber, the vicar of St John's Church in Cardiff, described the vandalism of his church's nativity figurine of the baby Jesus as "an act of blasphemy"

(Echo, December 8).

While not condoning the vandalism, according to the Bible, such figurines should not actually feature in Christianity. They breach the second commandment and are forbidden.

The second commandment begins: "You shall not make for yourself any graven image..." (Exodus 20:4). In Deuteronomy 4:16 the Almighty Himself gives the warning: "Beware lest you act corruptly by making a graven image for yourselves, in the form of any figure..."

The second Person of the Trinity is demeaned - even blasphemed - when someone seeks to represent Him with porcelain and paint.

Figurines supposedly depicting Christ have more in common with Buddhism than Biblical Christianity.

Dr Timothy Cross, Grangetown, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2008
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