The incarnation not only sanctifies matter, but makes possible its ascent to something higher, more spiritual. It does not follow that anything, simply on account of being matter, automatically becomes appropriate for worship on account of the Incarnation
will offer few clarification in here, you might also want to reread what I was saying as well. It is true that the entire creation that God called 'good' becomes sanctified and ascends to a higher realm because of the Incarnation of God the Word. Now in the fallen world that seeks to exist apart from Christ corruption rules. So matter becomes perverted of its goodness and starts to serve sin and ultimately death. We are not talking about the perverted usage of matter that separates it from participating in the regeneration and elevation of state it got in Christ. It must be noted we are talking about the spiritual worship which created matter participates in, through Christ, not a carnal perversion of it at the hand of the fallen man and his carnal lusts.
for instance,the icons allow the participation in the Spiritual worship of God by the creation even though another painter can use the same ink wood, clay, color, etc. to create something that serves his carnal lusts and takes him away from worship of God. The abuse of all things good is an ever present possibility, however the Incarnation brings about the right relationship between the Creator and the Created World, in such a way that the Created world finds its fulfillment of purpose, perfection of being, via its participation in the Right Worship of the Father, through the Son in the Spirit.
I also must disagree with the assumption that the presence of the musical instruments used in the Temple Worship of God was an assention of God to Israel's carnality, and a way of appeasing thier hunger for the carnal.The Temple Worship of God with the Instruments was not a carnal event nor was it designed to keep Israel inside to satisfy their carnal desires of music and dance. We know the Temple worship of Israel was extremely focused on distancing oneself from any outside and inside hold of carnality, and idolatry. The purification laws and the separation laws attest to the level the law has put on the physical and spiritual separation of Israel as Holy people of God in imitation of the Holiness of their God. Although the law was not able to bring them life and freedom. He gave them the Law to hold them separate from the heathen to consecrate them for Himself as the people of his inheritance. Through the musical instruments that they used to praise Him, we see the Holy Spirit using to cast out demons just like He would use any other created matter that is sanctified and elevated through the participation in the Right Worship of the Creator. We see the Holy Spirit command in the psalms how to praise God by harmonizing our instruments of music as well as our voices. We see the same thing happening after the Coming of Christ, in Revelation in the Heavenly Liturgy the use of: the censors, the incense, the musical instruments, the vocal singing, all of it in harmony being used in a spiritual manner and not in a carnal manner.
In the History of the Early Church we see a number of battles being fought on many fronts by the fathers: cultural, spiritual, historical, and traditional, there were the Jews who want to Judaize everything in the church, there were the Jews who were repulsed by the pagan influence of the music that the newly convert former pagans have in their tradition, the Temple having being destroyed the synagogue worship did not see it appropriate to include instrumental music that was part of the Temple worship so it was offensive to the Jews who were distraught at the loss of the Temple.
There were the newly converted pagans with cultures and traditions that have pagan origins that indulge in using music for carnal purposes and idol worshiping. There was such a strong association of music and sexual immorality, idolatry etc. that the only solution was to cut such influences off completely from the Church, this is a complex historical , cultural , social and spiritual event that lent its way to a practical and radical pastoral solution.
In order to do so and separate themselves from such influences a new theological argument that proved the usage of instruments to be inherently carnal seemed to develop. some using allegories have tried to say that the usage of instruments by the Jews is not literal, but allegorical, and others have used the literal presence of those instruments in the Temple Worship as signs of imperfection of Israel’s worship and the using of the human voice to be the most elevated worship, even though the human voice was present at the time of the Temple Worship also. There are also those who condemned any kind of music as satanic, base, which serves only the carnal nature. Jerome goes so far as to argue for no music at all in the Church be it accapella or with instruments. The argument remains the same that we are better than the Jews now Christ has come we can use our voices only to please God and all the scriptural instruments mentioned have allegorical meaning to us rather than literal. Those who perhaps like me, find it difficult to accept the interpretation that the Temple Worship of the Lord in musical instrument was engaging in carnality must ask then what else can be the reason for the argument against instruments. The motivation factor behind such argument is diverse, ranging from those who were fighting against the pagan influence of cultish practices of ritual music and dances that are often followed by sexual immorality, the others guarding against the common life of the people that was predominantly secular and pagan, with the theater being the major source of entertainment and influence. Those that worked in the theater in any form such as animal trainers etc. were told to quit or be excommunicated. So the only feasible answer at least to me is that this was a pastoral care issue that necessitated the implementations of such canons at the time, much like the canons of avoiding a Jewish physician etc.
Again the Incarnation sanctifies and elevates matter to a complete and perfected existence in the spiritual worship of God, this is true. Matter is not holy by itself or simply because the Incarnation happened, bu tonly in so far as it participated in the sanctification and elevation given to it by Christ, this happens by God’s Grace by the hand of Man the cosmic priest that bears the Image and Likeness of the Son, that lifts the interior and the exterior world in thanksgiving and adoration of the Creator. in such Right Worship the Scriptures will be fulfilled ‘Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5
Now having said that, I am not arguing for the incorporation of musical instruments where they are not used or the throwing away of them where they are used. Nor am I arguing against the long standing tradition of the Church. I am simply making an observation and trying to discuss for the sake of studying the matter as honestly as possible in the light of the Incarnational Theology of the Church. As well as the pastoral care the church has freedom to apply as needed.
I am still looking for the theological reason that relies on the scriptures and the Incarnational theology of the Church that will lead us to do away with musical instruments.
open to all corrections.