Scripture consistently instructs against idols. It is the second of the Ten Commandments:
“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. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God... (Exodus 20:4-5 ESV)
In writing on the role of myths in Gnosticism, Giovanni Filoramo makes this statement about Philo of Alexandria:
Philo's polemic against pagan mythology, under Platonic influence, turns principally on its patent immorality: the second commandment forbids not only the construction of idols, images, and statutes, but also the acceptance of mythic invention about births and marriages of gods, their innumerable scandals and the inexhaustible lasciviousness associated with them. 1
The Scripture clearly supports the immorality and danger of myths, but is the acceptance of a myth a violation of the second commandment? This would seem to elevate a written document (which was accepted as true or put in use) to the same status as a carved image.
Are there other scholars beside Philo and/or Rabbis who take the position accepting a myth would be a violation of the second commandment?
1. Giovanni Filoramo, A History of Gnosticism, translated by Anthony Alcock, Basil Blackwell, 1990, p 49.