Thanks again to almost all the posters here for trying to help me find out if or when and how this is or is not appropriate. I will continue to seek guidance here as most everyone I have had contact with on this forum has gone out of their way for me in helping me understand these things in a very honest and helpful way. I once again have to account for the fact that I too, (as I did yesterday!!!) say things myself that are just plain not right to say. But, no harm done.
I desire "right teaching" . Imperfect persons are OK., but if they are teaching or encouraging me to participate in something that is either against Church teaching, the Holy Scriptures, or the Tradition of the Early Fathers----
Well... then I might as well believe that the gates of hell had prevailed after all.
Icons are beautiful.
God is indescribable.
I Love God. I love all the beautiful Icons and find them as helpful "tools" in my toolbox to enhance the worship experience, to draw closer to him and venerate them as they should be.
How would someone even venerate an Icon like this?
A bow and a kiss and cross oneself
Is not that the same you would do for the other Icons??
God should not (in my most humble opinion) be in the same leauge with any other Icon.
Nor depicted. It would be inadequate to try to.
Inadequate to venerate properly.
Oh well, Sorry for the post.