The icon is a wonderful thread between people and God.
The icon isnot a simple decoration of the temple and the subject to which Christians bow. It matters teaching us faith. In ancient times it was said that the icon was similar to the Bible for the illiterate, to preaching wordless, colorful theology, to the picturesque Gospel, since Christianity originated among the Jews, and their art was not too common because of the second commandment of the Decalogue.
In the II century there were images in places of assembly of Christians. They were found on the walls of the catacombs. When Christians waited for the freedom of religion, which happened after the edict of Milan, the construction of churches began. They were decorated with frescoes and icons.
The icon is a silent painting, which is as powerful as the word of Scripture. Saint Nile of Sinai said that the icon painter should fill the temple with images resembling the history of the Old and New Testaments.This must be done so that illiterate people can understand the essence of the scriptures at the sight of images, so that the feats of the saints serve as an example for their lives.
History shows that for the sake of icons people were capable of much. They did not spare either their own or someone else’s life for their sake. This behavior is not always clear to modern people. The fact is that for our ancestors the icon was of particular importance, not only artistic. They saw in the images the embodiment of their deep faith.
The icon is an eternal topic for discussion. Starting from the IV century, a dispute arises, which eventually turns into an iconoclastic current. The emperors become supporters of this trend, so the discussions turned into repressions a hundred years long. However, the Church managed to defend the icon as an art.
At the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which took place in 787, the dogma of icon veneration is adopted. The Council of 843 established the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This holiday reminds that God incarnated into a man, suffered and resurrected miraculously. The icon was attributed in ancient times, above all, to the image of the Savior.
The icon isgiven us the thread between God and man. Not everyone can understand her language.Thanks to the advent of the Internet, everyone has the opportunity to trace the development of church traditions, beginning with early Christianity. However, this possibility does not affect us in any way, which indicates a low level of spirituality and the need to work on its improvement.