posted on Mar, 5 2004 @ 11:24 PM
Reading a few other threads about Jesus and the Passion of The Christ film, I noticed that some posters mentioned that the film was idolatrous, in
that the Bible condemns images of Christ. Earlier today I was looking for info about the various Marian Prophecies and came across the following. A
question on this site asked for a true or false answer to the following:
True or false. Even though the Son of God became man, veneration of pictures of Christ's human body is idolatry that violates the first
commandment condemning the veneration of likenesses of any creatures in heaven or earth.
The reply was :
At the same time the Church has always acknowledged that in the body of Jesus "we see our God made visible and so are caught up in love of the God
we cannot see". The individual characteristics of Christ's body express the divine person of God's Son. He has made the features of his human body
his own, to the point that they can be venerated when portrayed in a holy image, for the believer "who venerates the icon is venerating in it the
person of the one depicted" (Council of Nicaea II).
Veneration of Icons
Second Council of Nicaea (AD 787)
Hence, the second council of Nicaea specifically allows icons of Christ to be venerated.