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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Birthday Party, parts 3947 - 3950

 3947. I said that Diogenes was an Iconoclast, and I realize that the term ‘Iconoclast,’ does not mean much anymore, and it is associated with certain concepts having to do with the breakup of the old Roman Catholic Church, and the establishment of the Eastern Orthodox Church. 

 3948. Who the Iconoclasts were and what part in the early church schism they represented hardly can be discerned at this great historical distance. Persons with some knowledge of the history of religion will tell you that it was an argument about pictures and sculpture. The Iconoclasts were against pictures and picture making, basing their opposition to images on the Second Commandment.

 3939. The Second Commandment reads, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."

3950. The above commandment is very simple and clear and is hardly capable of being misinterpreted. It might be considered to be very important, since it was second in God’s list of no-nos. But even thought it was obviously very important, nowhere in Christendom can it be said to be obeyed, and everywhere it is entirely ignored.

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