Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Angel Pictures


Does posting lots of pictures of angels make me seem like a New Ager?

7 comments:

Jim said...

Yes.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Okay.

Looker4522 said...

Matthew,

Hello. I don't think I have responded on your site before. I have enjoyed your work as a lurker.

How do you know they are pictures of angels?

A little story: Once, we had a visiting preacher. During his message, he mentioned that he thought that all houses should have a lot of pictures of Jesus in them for visitors to see. I thought to myself, how would I know if the pictures were of Jesus? I have no idea what he looked like. Our pictures might look more like Judas! Yikes!

I am a little more sensitive than the average bear regarding religious images, especially concerning God/Jesus/Holy Spirit, and I would prefer to not have them at all.

May God Bless Your Work as You Work in Him and for Him.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Looker4522

"Hello. I don't think I have responded on your site before. I have enjoyed your work as a lurker."

Thankyou for being friendly. How long have you been visiting?

"How do you know they are pictures of angels?"

Obviously the artists have used their imagination, in the same way that another artist would use his imagination to portray Joseph from Genesis, despite not knowing what he looked like.

"I thought to myself, how would I know if the pictures were of Jesus? I have no idea what he looked like. Our pictures might look more like Judas! Yikes!"

Absolutely right.

Is it reverant to use our imagination on the Lord Jesus Christ? I am not at all comfortable with pictures of our Saviour.

Likewise, I think it is reverant for actors to attempt to portray the Lord Jesus.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Looker4522 said...

Good day again Matthew. I wanted to respond to your query and statements you made.

As for how long I have been reading your blog, I can't say with any type of certainty at all, but I would guess about 6-months or so. It might be longer or shorter, but I think that is a reasonable estimate.

I agree that artists use their imaginations to come up with the images you display and all the others we view elsewhere. It is interesting to me that we just readily acquiesce to someone's definition/representation of an angel. I suspect most of us would readily concur such images as you show are angels. Yet, we rightly put up a great resistance to other portrayals of Biblical events and characters. Granted, the appearance of angels in art seems to me (and others I think) not in the same class and doctrinal and historical aspects of the Bible. But I am just wondering out loud about this.

Your wrote: "Is it reverant to use our imagination on the Lord Jesus Christ? I am not at all comfortable with pictures of our Saviour.

Likewise, I think it is reverant for actors to attempt to portray the Lord Jesus."

I don't quite follow you here. Did you perhaps mean irreverent? I have similar thoughts.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

"Granted, the appearance of angels in art seems to me (and others I think) not in the same class and doctrinal and historical aspects of the Bible."

I have never stated here on this blog or anywhere else that these depictions are accurate representations of angels. They are nice pictures and provide illustration to the emphasis that I want to give in my writing to the importance of the subject of angelogy.

I would point out that the artists themselves probably did not regard their work as realistic depictions of angels.

There is a strong tradition in Chritian art of using symbols to denote common themes and subjects.

Sorry, I meant irreverant.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Looker4522 said...

Matthew: "I have never stated here on this blog or anywhere else that these depictions are accurate representations of angels."

Looker: I hope I didn't come across as if I was saying anything along these lines about the images. I would never have thought that you or the artists believed these to be accurate representations.

Matthew: "There is a strong tradition in Chritian art of using symbols to denote common themes and subjects."

Looker: You are of course correct here. My intention is not to put down the use of such images. I am just working through some thinking on these things. It seems we both agree that we are not comfortable with representations of the Persons of the Trinity. In my mind, remnants of the iconoclast controversy still remain to this day in nominal Christianity. But I never meant to impugn you in any way. I am sorry if my comments seemed to do that.