Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
So does that mean that Roman Catholics and Chinese Catholics are idolaters, since they incorporate European or Chinese features in their religious images?
But if you move away from even attempting to portray that actual individual and instead portray Christ/God according to your personal preferences without regard to the actual historical fact of the Incarnation, then you are moving away from iconography and into the area of idols--where we portray God as *we* would like to see him, not as He as actually was/is.
It means that religious art showing Christ, His Mother and the saints according to ahistoric personal preferences is not iconography. Religious art, yes. Iconography, no.
In the strictest of senses, yes, but then again no. After all, the term eikon simply means "image" and any "image" be it literal or figurative will do. Etymology: eikon = rooted from the word eiko which simply means "to be like" Not only are the portrayed images of Christ then all eikons in at least the most literal of senses, but also written or verbal accounts such as the Scriptures or the writings of the Fathers. Further, every single human being is an "eikon" of God having been made in His Image, which is precisely why Christ asks us to love each other as ourselves, and that the least we do to each other we do directly to Him.
Anything which reflects the appearance of Christ is an image of Christ, and any image is in the most literal sense of the term, an eikon. True, only certain images should be consecrated for Liturgical worship within Church services, however in a spiritual sense, Christ is revealed dynamically by any representation of Him in private use. We shouldn't put heterodox images in the Church, granted, however, we should also understand that people experience Jesus Christ in many different ways and means. Then again, at least in Ethiopian history, we don't have a strong an issue of iconoclasm to deal with as the Eastern Orthodox, so I can understand y'all's more strict interpretations to appease those rowdy Iconoclasts from Byzantium