The Roman Catholic Church And The Eastern Orthodox Church

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Christian symbolism and art were of high importance between 300 c.a. and 600 C.E. People believed that they were leaving their mark on the outside world through these symbols and pieces of art. They also thought that through these symbols and analogies, they would be able to better relate biblical matters to those that did not follow Christ. There were several icons that were used everywhere throughout the world, but then a vital discrepancy appeared. There was a huge conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. While both the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church brought up valid points, the Eastern Orthodox Church had a stronger argument. Before looking at the dispute over icons, one must first …show more content…
They stood firm in their decision and did not put their faith in icons, much like the Roman Catholic Church did. In Jeremiah 2 the Lord says “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves” (Jeremiah 2:5). Even though Jesus was not specifically talking to the Roman Catholic Church, he should have been. When people get caught up into worshiping the image of Christ, instead of Christ Himself, they lose sight of who they are really …show more content…
At this moment in time, they adapted the name iconoclast. This is because, according to dictionary.com, an iconoclast is “a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration” (dictionary.com). They were doing exactly this and going out and crushing the images that the Roman Catholic Church was using. However; they technically had every right to go out and do this. In Deuteronomy it says “The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God." (Deuteronomy 7:25). The words “images of their gods” are referring to any image or icon one might worship or idolatrize. Therefore; images or icons are not to be used when denoting to religious

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