4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me...
On the one hand:
CORAM DEO SAID:
As far as fall back arguments go, I don't have anything to go on other than what the Bible plainly says about imaging God - Thou shalt not...
That doesn't seem overly nuanced or difficult to understand from my perspective, although it may come across as pious sounding.
On the other hand:
CORAM DEO SAID:
Any effort to image Christ's "divinity" fails miserably since the ineffable deity of the One True and Living God cannot be imaged.
Any effort to image Christ's humanity fails miserably since He was a unique human being with unique features, and no one knows what He looked like during His humiliation. Furthermore any effort to image Christ's humanity apart from His divinity is to slip into functional Nestorianism since such would be to bifurcate the God-man.
Observe how CD has to make improvements on the 2nd Commandment. Having said, in his first comment, that he has nothing else to go on but the plain statement of the text, notice how, in his second comment, he interpolates various qualifications which have no trace in the actual wording of the text. So the unadorned text plainly fails to plainly teach what he needs it to teach. He has to retrofit the text with suitable modifications. Customizing his prooftext.