Re: iconodulia (Was Re: Why?/Re: Answersingenesis)

Date: Tue Apr 03 2001 - 10:27:49 EDT

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    George Murphy wrote (in part):

    << The problem which images can present is that people may
    place their ultimate trust and reliance in them rather than
    in the true God. This is "idolatry" in the elementary sense,
    & is not really as serious a problem as placing one's trust in
    more sophisticated non-visual idols. "Son of man, these men
    have taken their idols into their hearts" (Ez.14:3).
             Thinking that Jesus was blond & blue-eyed or that
    dinosaurs lived in Eden can be a hindrance to good theology.
    It is not, however, in itself idolatry.

    I admit that it was out of order to cast the volley of
    "idolitry". Fortune, women, power, fame, and 401Ks
    are the gods that clamor for my allegiance with
    far greater impact than those fanciful pictures I
    barely recall from a childern's bible.

    Nevertheless on your above point,
    For a brief period, I lived amongst a black community
    in the US, crossed the doors of an AME church during that
    time, and read some of what they say about the world.
    From that experience, I do have to say that the blond
    & blue-eyed Jesus figurines are a stumbling block for
    some people in this world.

    Although I found Cone's liberation theology deeply
    challenging to my clearly limited world view, the point
    I carried away (in trying to digest this material)
    was that for each person in this world, in that moment of
    openness when their heart is humbled, the God that such
    a person meets is Chinese for one who requires such,
    African if that be so, white, Altaic, etc.

    I think that does have a great deal of influence on how
    we should understand and recognize Christ. Probably all
    of the people on this list would like to do right if the
    message in the Bible is true, but it is quite easy to find
    oneself being the Pharisee in this world.

    So, whereas I acknowledge your point, I'm not so sure we
    should dismiss so quickly those "little things" and the way they
    begin to add up. The things that draw us to God are different
    and likewise the things that make us stumble. How many Sunday
    school teachers have handled that precocious child who pipes up
    that "the animals in the ark come from different continents" in
    a constructive way? More difficult are these painful and often
    buried issues. As I recall, the usual answer was "shut up and
    listen kid!"

    by Grace alone do we proceed,

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