did God forbid the making of all images or of His images only?
I will answer if you first answer me...
Where does God say He wants to be imaged?
I will answer if you, who claim to know the fundaments of debates answer this:
is absence of evidence, evidence of absence?
Or in other words, in all unsolved murders, the absence of evidence of the identity of the murderer is evidence that this identity is actually absent (and therefore the murder was committed by a person withouth identity)?
No, an argument from silence is unsound, proves nothing. BUT I admit your statement is obscure and perhaps you are asking "if I don't have it, does that prove I don't have it." I'd say yes.
I was not talking about myself. I was talking about the Bible. See below:
Now you can answer:
Where in scripture does God say "image me"
The absence of evidence in the Bible for *any*thing, is not evidence of absence of that idea.
I will make a list of commandments that are not in the Bible:
"Do not have sex with children, not even marry them."
"Do not be gay."
"Do not have slaves."
"Do not practice cannibalism."
"There are no other gods."
Now, if you believe that absence of evidence is evidence of absence, the absence of all these commandments sure should lead us to believe that we are allowed to contradict them all. Indeed, many "liberal" christians, like you, abuse the lack of a direct statment to claim this absence is proof that it is not meant to be. Likewise, the absence of a direct statemament against slavery has lead many christians to honestly believe this is not a problem before God. Like you, they think that the absence of a direct statement means God has not pronounced Himself about it.
But He has. God is unchanging but societies and cultures do change and He speaks always the same thing in a way His children can understand. Although God made marriage to be between a man and woman, He did not refrain from using the polygamous Abrahan and Jacob for His plan. Because the Hebrews were a hard people, He forced them into a great fast by wandering in the desert for more time than necessary to get to the Promised Land.
Concerning images, the passages in you have been quoting do not mean "don't make images of me", but "don't make images of things that are not me *as if* they were me". That is the sense of an idol: something that you take to be God and is not. So many times He says that "don't do it *because* you have not seen me". And because the OT is so full of the sentiment of th coming of the Messiah, one can almost read in these passages a certain "anxiety" in God: "I'm coming. Don't try to guess. Soon I'll be there with you and then you will see me".
Oh, Alfred. The God you love is not an amorphous intellectual idea, an invisible spirit only. He came here for *you* visibly. He wants so much to be seen by you, not in words and ideas only. He came in flesh, with a body to be seen. Do not mutilate the mistery of the Incarnation. It is this visible image that you refuse that He came to glorify. Rejoice! God is born among us! Visibly! He does not shun from having His presence between the statues of the Cherubin. Because He loves you more. He does not shun from healing from an image of a serpent. Because He loves you more. He does not shun from showing His hand to the faithful and reproaching the injust men. Because He loves you more. He did not shun from healing from the image of St. Peter in his shadow (Acts 5:15-16). Because He loves you more. It is because we have His presence that we can paint His image. Only a painter who doesn't see the model can't paint him. Oh, Alfred, He is alive, and here *visibly*, for you. Not as an idea. Not as just a memory in a book. In flesh and blood, visibly. Take part in Him, accept that He glorified *everything* with His incarnation, even the material visible world. Do not come to the feast and eat just part. Eat abundantly of *all* He did for us. He loves you and more than to just see you from afar like a mathematical abstraction, He wants to be seen by you, not only intellectually, not only "in the heart" but *physically* as well. That is why He came *physically* to us and not only "in the heart" or "intellectually". Be not like the rocks in which the seeds grow a little but are choked, but like the fertile ground where they grow and are abundantly fruitful. Accept *everything* He changed for us.