What does the Bible say about art?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The first mention of art in the Bible is in Exodus 31. God is instructing Moses to create a tent for the ark of the covenant, and God mentions several artisans whom He has chosen to create "artisti...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Laura Nelson
I knew how to identify with the Creator, my father GOD as a child through art. Now as an adult, the Bible confirms the Creator in creation. His creation and our interpretations of it, can direct us to Him. I am truly blessed to be in a community, rich with artists of many talents. Each one glorifying GOD with their work. I personally believe that we as creations were made to glorify GOD, and because He said,"it is good," we also can respond to beauty and creativity in the same way. PS I will only worship my Creator-I cannot worship His creations or anyone elses;-)

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Open uri20150816 3767 1tn9rak mark wilkinson retired school teacher and missionary
Ultimately God is the Great Artist and he created us humans in His likeness (Gen 1:27). That includes creativity and the ability to behold beauty. When we see the feathers of a peacock we are seeing the handiwork of the Master Craftsman. And when we behold the stars in the heavens above we witness the works that declare HIs glory (Psa 19:1).

I wonder whether the first mention of art in the Bible is in Genesis 4:22 where we read that Tubal-Cain was the instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. His half-brother was Jubal, who was the 'father of all those who play the harp and flute'(v21).

Humans have been given the ability to design and produce fabulous works of art - from magnificent cathedrals to fine porcelain or sparkling jewellery - the list is endless. The Tabernacle/ Temple was but a shadow of heavenly things and the description of the throne room of heaven is quite stunning - almost beyond words (Rev 4:3 etc). 

God's creative activity was not self-indulgent, but intended to share something of his nature with those whom He loves. And if God's workmanship is to point us to His Son and his glory then so should our artistic efforts, whatever they may be.

October 24 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Zachary Campbell
The Bible doesn't have a single, unified message about art. However, different passages offer diverse perspectives on its creation, purpose, and potential pitfalls. Here's a breakdown:

**God as the Ultimate Artist:**

* **Genesis 1-2:** God's creation act sets the stage, portraying God as the ultimate artist who creates a world of beauty and order.
* **Psalm 8:3-4:** "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, a son of man that you care for him?" This verse highlights God's artistry in the cosmos and inspires awe.

**Art in Worship and Service:**

* **Exodus 25-31:** God instructs Moses on building the Tabernacle, specifying intricate designs and skilled craftsmanship. This shows art's role in worship and glorifying God.
* **1 Kings 6-7:** King Solomon adorns the Temple with artistic embellishments, suggesting art's value in sacred spaces.

**Potential Pitfalls and Concerns:**

* **Exodus 20:4-5:** The Second Commandment prohibits creating idols or worshipping graven images. This warns against using art for idolatry or worshipping created things instead of the Creator.
* **Isaiah 40:19-20:** This passage criticizes idols made by human hands, emphasizing their limitations compared to God's power and glory.

**Interpretation and Views:**

Christian interpretations of these passages vary. Some emphasize the positive aspects, seeing art as a gift from God to express creativity and enhance worship. Others focus on the warnings against idolatry, urging caution about art's potential to misdirect devotion.

Here are some additional points to consider:

* **The Bible itself is a work of art:** Its language, stories, and poetry use artistic techniques to convey meaning and inspire belief.
* **Christians throughout history have used art in diverse ways:** from music and painting to architecture and storytelling, to express their faith and connect with God.
* **Ultimately, the value of art in Christianity depends on its purpose and intention:** Does it lead people closer to God or distract them from him?

**Remember:** This is a complex topic with diverse perspectives. If you're interested in exploring further, consider consulting with a trusted religious leader or scholar for a more personalized understanding.

February 16 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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