Judeo-Christian really different than pagan religions ?
One thing I learned growing up about Christianity (and Judaism before) that is the BIG difference between it and pagan religions is that pagan religions worship wood and stone. You had the golden calf story when Moses was on the mountain top. The Torah is a stories of cleansing Israel of worshiping man made objects.
And you have the commandment not to make any graven image of anything in heaven and on earth.
But did pagans really believe that they were physically holding their god or was it no more than a simple representation of their faith in that god. Reading some of the Sumerian text it seems they knew their god was elsewhere just like the Israelis believed god was in heaven. I think this smacks of saying this made them unique but I am not buying that and want others (e.g. pauljohn) to comment on this.
And then again did Israel really not have their own images? After laying out the 10 commandments and the avoidance of graven images, instructions is given on how to build the temple. Right there they are commanded to build two golden cherubims and place them on each side of the ark which housed the 10 commandments (not posted on the courts steps, mind you, but hidden away). Frickin' angels - graven images. And the ark was all powerful and whats-his-name was struck dead trying to steady it. They used it in battles. It was an object of power and worship. Then there is the cross today which is plastered everywhere and quite prominent, especially the ones with larger than life images of Jesus dying. I remember being young and looking at it with sadness that I had done that to Him.
So really does Christianity have this on their side as proof they are better than pagans?
Religion Kills !!!
Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.