Posted by: mattcolvin | December 31, 2009

Historical Plausibility?


From an Eastern Orthodox Catechism:

“Icons have been used for prayer from the first centuries of Christianity. Sacred Tradition tells us, for example, of the existence of an Icon of the Savior during His lifetime (the “Icon-Made-Without-Hands”) and of Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos immediately after Him. “

Sometimes the most cogent way to demonstrate the falsehood of a claim is to ask, “What would the Jews have done?” In the present instance, there is no doubt that Paul’s and Jesus’ opponents, the Pharisees and Sadducees alike, would have emitted triumphant yelps of “Gotcha!” These are the people who nitpicked over snacking on grains of wheat on the Sabbath, after all. Would they have let icons pass unnoticed? They didn’t even allow their own rulers to put their portraits on coins. (Bar Kochba had a star as his symbol on coinage, but no portrait.)

The same argument effectively disposes of credobaptism: The Jews were a people that had for thousands of years counted their infants as belonging to God. They were a people that routinely sang in their corporate worship such lines from the Psalms as “I was cast upon You from birth; from my mother’s womb, You have been my God” — and each Jew personalized these words as His own profession! This is a people who traced their origin back to Abraham who asked, “What will you give me, Lord, seeing I remain childless?” And yet credobaptists ask us to believe that these same people, as soon as they became Christians, were comfortable seeing their own children as unbelievers until such time as they had a conversion experience!

It is as if the state of Massachusetts passed a law making it a crime to vote Democratic — and did it without any debate or media coverage.


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