Saturday, May 22, 2010
Misrepresentation And Pictures Of Jesus (Part 2)
The second argument in favor of the abrogation of images of Jesus is that pictures of Jesus misrepresent and distort Jesus’ unique divine Revelation and glory . The reason why pictures of Jesus ought to be accurate is because Jesus in his human nature is the unique glory and revelation of the divine invisible God (John 1:14, 18; 14:9; Col. 2:9). Furthermore, it is sinful if a person makes a picture of Jesus that is not intended to be accurate because this person is purposely distorting the unique manifestation of glory and revelation of the incarnate son of God. For this reason we cannot accurately represent his unique revelation and glory in images. If someone were to make a picture of Abraham Lincoln in an inaccurate way for the sake of artistic beauty then that seems morally permissible for the sake of artistic beauty. Abraham Lincoln, however, is not the unique revelation of God manifested in human flesh. Therefore, it is morally permissible to misrepresent Abraham Lincoln for the sake of artistic beauty, but it is sinful to purposely misrepresent the unique revelation and glory of the son of God for the sake of artistic beauty. This point has to be made because some advocates for allowing pictures of Jesus modify their position to only allow unclear or less accurate non-portraits of Jesus . However, given our place in redemptive history there is no present way in which we could accurately depict Jesus through visual images. The way Jesus acted in every respect displayed the unique glory and revelation of God through the instrument of a fully human nature (Matt. 7:29). Furthermore, Jesus was morally perfect in every action, thought, and non-verbal expression that he did (Heb. 4:15). In short, Jesus’ full human nature was a revelation of the invisible divine nature (Col. 2:9). But no image can with sufficient accuracy depict Jesus’ actual expressions and the way he came off as God’s unique revelation and glory. All we can do with pictures is guess what an average Jewish male would look like and depict it to the best of our ability. Hence, because we do not know the precise way in which Jesus expressed himself and came off to others then when we make images of Jesus we are distorting the unique revelation and glory of the Son of God.