Would it be wrong for us to make an Image of God?

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Q: Would it be wrong for us to make an Image of God?

A: The matter was a controversial one in the early Church.

The concern was the original prohibition against idol worship contained in the 1st and 2nd commandment, as well as certain localized cultural differences.

After much debate, the Church authoritatively decided that since God chose to real himself in and through the flesh of his divine son Jesus, which was and is the image of a Heavenly thing, and since there was no longer any doubt or confusion about the incarnation of Jesus Christ as both fully God and fully man, and since the old law in its’ entirety was perfectly fulfilled and set aside by Jesus Christ in favor of the authority of the New Covenant, universal Church, that there was no longer any reason to prohibit Church approved types of sacred art and statuary.

To sum it up: Ever since God revealed himself to mankind through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, everyone knows who God is and what what God (Jesus) looks like, and only an idiot would choose to worship a picture, or a lump of wood, clay, or marble, instead.

John 14:7 If you had known me, you would without doubt have known my Father also: and from henceforth you shall know him. And you have seen him.
John 14:8 Philip saith to him: Lord, show us the Father; and it is enough for us.
John 14:9 Jesus saith to him: Have I been so long a time with you and have you not known me? Philip, he that seeth me seeth the Father also. How sayest thou: Show us the Father?

By the end of the 8th century this became widely understood and accepted, and the controversy was essentially over … except for some misguided souls today, who think they know better.

More details here:

http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org…

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