I am not against symbolism if it generates faith in the unseen Ideal.<quoted text>
Joel the God of the bible is not made of stone or gold or wood and unlike the idols He can move, speak, manifest etc. and has infinite power. These are the differences.
How many believers can attain to the super-sensuous state in order to commune with G-d?
Just the rare few, right?
So, the masses at times who wish to pour their love and adulation for the unseen G-d with human qualities construct concrete images in his honor.
There's no disrespect intended in this practice since the un-intuitive masses need a concrete crutch to relate to the unseen G-d.
However, the warnings in the Tanach against making concrete images should be interpreted to mean that the unseen, anthropopathic G-d does not wish to be reduced to the gross level as the clay image would not properly convey his true station, power and consciousness.
The traits of the unseen G-d are anthropopathic but at the same time there are numerous supraphysical capacities that he possesses that exceed the level of the ordinary and unawakened human consciousness.
So, well, I have my views about the constructive aspects of symbolism (as mentioned above) but if the Deity itself - G-d - is opposed at any attempt at physical representation, then, who am I to argue with it?
A believer should simply respect the dictate.