Image is Everything
...offered by Dn. James Ferrenberg, a sinner at 12:08 PM [+]
I think I mentioned that I have been reading Leonid Ouspensky's Theology of the Icon and I have found it to be an amazingly intriguing work.
The Icon ...belongs to the very nature of Christianity, since it is not only the revelation of the Word of God, but also of the Image of God, manifested by the God-Man. The Church teaches that the image is based on the Incarnation of the second person of the Trinity. This is not a break with nor even a contradiction of the Old Testament, as the Protestants understand it; but on the contrary, it clearly fulfills it, for the existence of the image in the New Testament is implied by its prohibition in the Old...the sacred image for the Church proceeds precisely from the absence of the image in the Old Testament.
I think we sometimes tend to forget how revolutionary the Incarnation is...God is no longer without form! He is revealed to our EYES through Christ! Amazing.
Quote the Old Testament prohibitions of images all you want, but the fact is they are as "dead" as those which prescribe circumcision and abstaining from pork. God Himself has offered one big gigantic "But I say unto you" in regards to images. And we celebrate it on Christmas.