. ■ ■ : : i ■ i and -i puztle, tuitable u- the deniity of our b< dy. I nr thr intellect, Kiea.1 V lim], is no! able lo pass berund thï liudilp, a^ (Tic divine Grt niiv says."
I hroughout his treatise, John directly addresses the problem of idolatry and the divine injunction against graven images i Hxod 2iJ:Jin .in ear lier passage, he explains that God forbids the making nt images r<> prevent idolatry and because it is impossible any human to make .m image oí the infinite and invisible God. And Ht cites Deut 4:l2t where Moses reminds iïil1 Israelites that "the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the :irc; you heard the sound ol' his words and you did not see any Likeness, but only a voice." Bui, lohn insists, this prohibition was given to the lews because ihey were particuiarEy prone idolatry, Christians» on I he other hand, are able to avoid such errors having received fmm God ihe ability 10 discern what may be represented and what cannot be^ Scill John's claim of Christian spiritual superiority L:nd discernment never used 10 argue that Christians might depict the divine nature apart 5> m i il the j mi .l^l- of Chr 1st '] he reft i re, according to John, aw »ding visu a] representations of :he First Person ot ihn." Trinity was the Citrtsfion way mI repudiating the sin of idolatry, t Ihrlstians do not make images of < iod because they ,l]í: superlnt m pagans but .ire required to make images of E. hrisl because they are superior (<■■ lews.
I*ii's arguments echi] some i^l Athanasius's puints, lil much the same way that Athanasius seemed to dr.tV'. from the ideas of Origen, Juhrt, like Athanasius, makes ,l (li&nniiiun between thí invisible < lud or '.rinity, and the visible Incarnate One who came to humans in a visible, physical and temporal farm ihai they might finally see ,l]u] come io know Other manifestations ih,Ll had come before were inadequate tor human salvation, since humans were ■i*-' desperately weakened hy thuir infinite generations of downcast eyes and clouded minds. "I"jil- visible face and body of Christ were the ultimate remedy fora sinful and lost h un Iii il race And beca use il was visible, and the seeing itself was salvifk, £]hr istrepresentation in ^-isLlL^I ,ir i was both permissible and beneficial, [ he image, as Basil says, reveals ir^ archetype a id in turn accepts ins hono rs, A 11 er all. ev en : Ik1 disci |>l l- ['hoi n .l^- n eed -jó to see to be 11 l- ve. An d, although Jesus admonishes him, saying that It Is rlo i e blessed to believe without having seen, he yet condescends to human weakness and olU^-. -i Thomas n> put his fingei into his wounds and his hand into his side ■ lohn 20:24-29)
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