Topic: How to write an abstract examples
May 26, 2019 / By Essa Question:
I'm stuck on this question for RE. I've managed to do why art might help a Christian to worship, but I can't think of a counter argument. I just need about two points. I'm really stuck, please help!
Claramay | 7 days ago
There is a big difference in art and icons or images used in worship.
PERHAPS you are sincerely convinced that using icons is acceptable in worshiping God. You may feel that this draws you closer to the Hearer of prayer, who is invisible and may seem impersonal and abstract.
But are we totally free to choose our own method of approach to God? Should not God himself be the final authority on what is acceptable and what is not? Jesus explained God’s view of the matter when he said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Those words alone preclude the use of icons or any other sacred objects.
Yes, there is a specific kind of worship that Jehovah God accepts. And what is that? On another occasion, Jesus explained: “The hour will come—in fact it is here already—when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth.”—John 4:23, 24.
Can God, who “is spirit,” be represented by a material image? No. Regardless of how imposing an icon may be, it can never match the glory of God. So an image of God could never be a truthful representation of him. (Romans 1:22, 23) Would a person be ‘worshiping in truth’ if he approached God through some man-made icon?
God’s Law forbade making images as objects of worship. The second of the Ten Commandments decreed: “You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them.” (Exodus 20:4, 5) The inspired Christian Scriptures also command: “You must keep clear of idolatry.”—1 Corinthians 10:14.
True, many insist that their use of images in worship is not idolatry. Orthodox Christians, for example, often deny that they actually worship the icons before which they bow, kneel, and pray. An Orthodox priest wrote: “We pay respect to them because they are holy objects, and because we reverence what the Icons depict.”
Still, the question remains: Does God approve the use of icons for the purpose of even so-called indirect veneration? Nowhere does the Bible authorize such a practice. When the Israelites set up an image of a calf, allegedly for the purpose of venerating Jehovah, he expressed his strong disapproval, saying that they had apostatized.—Exodus 32:4-7.
In recent years, Orthodox icons have been collected around the world. Collectors usually regard the icon, not as a sacred religious object, but as a work of art reflecting Byzantine culture. It is not unusual to find many such religious icons decorating the home or the office of someone who claims to be an atheist.
Sincere Christians, however, do not forget the primary purpose of the icon. It is an object of worship. While Christians do not challenge the right of others to own icons, personally they do not have icons in their possession, even as collector’s items. This in harmony with the principle found at Deuteronomy 7:26, The Jerusalem Bible: “You must not bring any detestable thing [images used in worship] into your house or you, like it, will come under the ban too. You must regard them as unclean and loathsome.”
Forgive me if I don't understand the question here's my answer based on what I understand.
Worship is a selfless act, we go before the presence of God and recognize Him as God. We express our love to Him through this worship. There many ways we can worship God, as long as we are expressing our love to Him it's worship. When we talk to God/pray, when we read the Word/take time to listen to His words, when our art reflects our love for God. When we obey His commands, how we spend our money, and so many other ways. Hope this helped.
I can't think of a counter argument either. It is a fact, many centuries old, that art and music both greatly enhance and benefit worship.
Because one of the ten commandments prohibits art.
No graven image OR any likeness.
They're often quoting nine of the ten commandments while conveniently ignoring #2
Because it is our human weakness to replace spiritual deity with tangible idols. History is the best place to look for evidence of this.
they take a left-brained and empirical approach in a search for answers and certainty; they process religious information literally and do not understand what truth looks like when processed metaphorically.