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How do Christians use art to worship God?

For two thousand years, Christians have used every kind of art to worship God and to communicate their faith. They believe that artistic talent, with every other kind of gift and ability, is something that can be used for the glory of God. In many churches, Bible stories are told in stained glass windows; God is worshipped in words and music; statues and icons act as reminders of the examples of Christians in the past and bright banners show words from the Bible to remind Christians of the things that they believe.

Some churches do not use icons and statues and have very bare buildings. This is because in the Ten Commandments, the Bible teaches that it is wrong for Christians to worship images that people have made (Exodus 20: 4). In 1550 many beautiful statues, paintings and stained glass windows in U.K. churches were destroyed by Christians who thought like this, on the orders of King Edward VI. Do you agree with their point of view?

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