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  Image - LoveToKnow 1911
The strict psychological use of the term "image" is by analogy from the physiological for a purely mental idea which is taken as being observed by the eye of the mind.
These images are created or produced not by an external stimulus, such as is necessary for a visual image (even the after-image is due to the continued excitement of the same organ), but by a mental act of reproduction.
The worship of images, or idolatry, from the point of view of comparative religion, is treated in the article Image-Worship, and the history of the attitude of the Christian church, outside the post-Reformation church of England, towards the use of images as objects of worship and religion in the article Iconoclasts.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Image   (861 words)

 EIPS - Image Worship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Images were first introduced as mere ornaments, by some Christians in Spain, early in the fourth century, and were promptly condemned by the Council of Eliberis, as fraught with danger; and the event has showed that the objectors were men of penetration.
Images were preceded by the introduction of pictures of saints and martyrs into the churches, so called, which prepared the way for them a fact, which shows the tendency of the human mind, and the necessity of making a stand at the outset.
Image worship is not less certain throughout the Papal world than Virgin worship; the image of St. Dominic may, perhaps, in the intermediate roll, be entitled to precedence.
www.ianpaisley.org /article.asp?ArtKey=imageworship   (1482 words)

  Idolatry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Christianity it is defined as worship of an image, idea or object, as opposed to the worship of a supreme being.
John argues therefore that venerating an image of Christ does not terminate at the image itself - the material of the image is not the object of worship - rather it goes beyond the image, to the prototype.
While murti worship is sometimes equated with idolatry, critics of this point of view argue that the Hindu concept of murti worship consists of veneration of the image or statue as representative of a higher ideal or principle, while idolatry objectifies divinity as the material object itself.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Idolatry   (4097 words)

 IMAGE WORSHIP - Online Information article about IMAGE WORSHIP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
In certain cases the wish to carry elsewhere the cult of a favourite or ancestral cult, may have dictated the manufacture of images that declare themselves and reveal at a glance whose they are.
Roman religion, on a feast of thanksgiving for a great victory, couches were spread in the temples for the gods, whose images were taken down from their pedestals and laid on the couches, and tables set before them loaded with delicate viands.
cloth, and similar images of his wife and children were set on his left hand and in front of him.
encyclopedia.jrank.org /I27_INV/IMAGE_WORSHIP.html   (3195 words)

 "Image Worship" by Herman Hoeksema
Image worship, therefore, is the heinous sin of dragging down the glorious Creator of heaven and earth to the level of the creature, and of depriving the Lord of glory of all His adorable virtues.
The law does not, therefore, forbid the use of images, but their abuse, which takes place when images or pictures are made either for the purpose of representing or worshipping God, or creatures.
Hence all images and likenesses are not simply and wholly forbidden, but only such as are unlawful, among which we may include, first, all images or likenesses of God, which are made for the purpose of representing or worshipping God.
www.the-highway.com /imageworship_Hoeksema.html   (2863 words)

 IMAGE - LoveToKnow Article on IMAGE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The old Hebrew prohibition of graven images was surely based 011 a like superstition, so far as it was not merely due to the physical impossibility for nomads of heavy statues that do not admit of being carried from camp to camp and from pasture to pasture.
Possessing no images of Yahweh the Jews were also not exposed to the same risk as were idolaters of having their gods stoler by their foes and used against them.
An image fashioned like a god, and which has this advantage over a mere stock and stone that it declares itself and reveals at a glance to what god it is sacred, must surely attract and influence the god to choose it as his home and tenement.
www.1911ency.org /I/IM/IMAGE.htm   (2391 words)

 Images on the Well   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art is an acclaimed resource for teaching and learning.
Instead, The Worship Well has partnered with Episcopal Church and Visual Arts, an organization that encourages artists, individuals, congregations, and scholars to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church.
Resonate is a network of communities engaging in creative worship in Canada, and they have posted a free photo pool of images for use in worship and meditation.
www.theworshipwell.org /image.html   (915 words)

The emperor came to the conclusion that images were the chief hindrance to the conversion of Jews and Moslems, the cause of superstition, weakness, and division in his empire, and opposed to the First Commandment.
Images of saints are equally to be abhorred; it is blasphemous to represent by dead wood or stone those who live with God.
By this time all images had been removed from the churches and public places, the prisons were filled with their defenders, the faithful Catholics were reduced to a sect hiding about the empire, and a crowd of exiles in the West.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07620a.htm   (6636 words)

 The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi
When image worship degenerates into idolatry and becomes encrusted with false beliefs and doctrines, it becomes a necessity to combat it as a gross social evil.
On the other hand, image worship in the sense of investing one's ideal with a concrete shape is inherent in man's nature, and even valuable as an aid to devotion.
And the worship of the image of Child Krishna or Virgin Mary may become ennobling and free of all superstition.
www.mkgandhi.org /momgandhi/chap19.htm   (967 words)

 The Philosophy and Significance of Idol Worship
The object of worship is the Ishta Devata or guiding Deity or the particular form of the Deity whom the devotee worships, e.g., Vishnu as such or His forms as Rama and Krishna in the case of Vaishnavites, Siva in the eight forms in the case of Saivites, Devi in the case of Saktas.
The image of Vishnu and of his Avataras, and the images of Sakti and Siva are the popular idols that are worshipped both in temples and in the houses.
The temple is the microcosmic embodiment of the universe indwelt by the Antaryamin, Isvara, whose worship we conduct at the sacred temple.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /download/idolworship.htm   (7749 words)

 Philosophy of Idol Worship, Hindu Worship, Faith, Hinduism
Though apparently the image is worshipped, the devotee feels the presence of the Lord in it and pours out his devotion unto it.
The image in a temple, though it be made of stone, wood or metal, is precious for a devotee as it bears the mark of his Lord, as it represents something which he holds holy and eternal.
The sixty-three Nayanar saints solely practised the worship of the idols of Shiva and attained God-consciousness thereby.
www.hinduism.8k.com /idolworship.html   (3098 words)

It is a universally recognised fact that the worship of, or reverence shown to, certain images or symbols of the Divine renders the believer more sensitive and receptive to the qualities or attributes of the Divine as represented by or projected on to the object of worship.
However, when incorrectly executed, such worship may on occasion result in the worshipper according excessive importance to the image itself and becoming oblivious to the Divine qualities or attributes of which the image was merely supposed to serve as a reminder.
The image therefore must be admitted to be capable of leading us to God in the same way as a lamp that glimmers in the distance on a dark night is capable of leading us to a human habitation where we may find help, shelter and protection.
www.christinemoore.freeserve.co.uk /yoga/image_worship.htm   (6924 words)

 Image / Icon Worship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
There are a number of terms that are applied to Hinduism in the Press, not only in the West but in India itself, which foster a negative image of it.
To call such images as idols implies that those who worship them practice idolatry or take the image itself as a God.
The use of an image - whether we call it an icon or an idol - does not imply belief in the reality of the image.
www.hindunet.org /icons_images/index.htm   (246 words)

The Empress Irene was instrumental in calling a council, which permanently settled the controversy in favor of the worship of images; though quietness did not immediately fall upon the excited passions of men.† Her synod met first at Constantinople A. 786, but was scattered by military violence; it assembled afterwards A. 787, at Nice.
The Bambino is an image of the child Jesus carved out of a tree that grew on Mount Olivet, and painted by St. Luke while the artist was asleep; it is an ugly-looking babe.
And while it is unrepealed, the worship of any image is an act of forbidden idolatry; more detestable in one claiming to be a Christian than in any devotee of heathenism.
www.aloha.net /~mikesch/worship_of_images.htm   (2391 words)

 Image Worship and Dualism | faithCommons.org
Buddhism although has forbidden idol worship, images of Buddha have been erected at scores of places throughout Asia and are being worshiped Various images of Bodhisattva are worshiped in all Buddhist countries.
Inspite of efforts of many teachers in all religions in advising the followers to desist from iconic devotional worship, it is found that man wants to hold- on to some sort of representation of the invisible force whom he is seeking to identify- with and finds comfort and solace in such attempt.
Idol worship does not mean that one should build a statue and build a temple for it and conduct all rituals which are the lowest form of devotional worship and it is the preliminary phase in the process of knowing the truth.
faithcommons.org /image_worship_and_dualism   (5668 words)

 The Philosophy and Significance of Idol Worship
Though the image is worshipped, the devotee feels the presence of the Lord in it and pours out his devotion unto it.
The image in a temple, though it is made of stone, wood or metal, is precious for a devotee as it bears the mark of his Lord, as it stands for something which he holds holy and eternal.
The aspirant gradually begins to feel that the Lord he worships is in the idol, in the hearts of all creatures and in all the names and forms of this universe.
members.tripod.com /~chippit/idol_worship.html   (1925 words)

If one worships the sun, moon and stars, for example, he might have in his house a mobile hanging from the ceiling, an image of the sun, moon and stars.
Image worship is the heinous sin of dragging the glorious Creator down to our level, of subjecting Him Who is incomprehensible to a form that is of our own imagination, and so worshiping Him in that way.
He will not be worshiped by those who will walk their own way and "do their own thing." He will be worshiped by those who recognize that He alone is God, and that we are His servants.
www.rsglh.org /divinely_ordained_worship.htm   (3828 words)

 definition of image   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Hence: The likeness of anything to which worship is paid; an idol.
A picture, example, or illustration, often taken from sensible objects, and used to illustrate a subject; usually, an extended metaphor.
To represent or form an image of; as, the still lake imaged the shore; the mirror imaged her figure.
www.brainydictionary.com /words/im/image176032.html   (134 words)

 Murti (Idol) Worship
To the worshipper who has faith in the symbol, any kind of image is the body of the Lord, be it made of stone, clay, or brass, or be it a picture, drawing, etc. Such worship an never be idolatry.
Here it may be Dhyana of (1) vigraha or pratika which is outside, (2) or by concentration inside the heart on a mental image and worshipping Her by various offerings, (3) or by losing the devotee’s individuality in Sri-Lalita-paramesvari in the Sahasrara.
As we progress in our worship, we begin to adore the image as the Deity's physical body, for we know that He is actually present and conscious in it during puja, aware of our thoughts and feelings and even sensing the pujari's gentle touch on the metal or stone.
www.adishakti.org /text_files/idol-worship.htm   (4687 words)

 Idolatry (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net
Nature worship, the worship of the sun, moon, and stars, as the supposed powers of nature.
Hero worship, the worship of deceased ancestors, or of heroes.
To attempt to seduce others to false worship was a crime of equal enormity (13:6-10).
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/idolatry.html   (415 words)

 Image Worship or veneration
History teaches us that for approximately two hundred years there was no veneration of images or their use in worship in the early Church.
The decoration of buildings and that mostly on the outside was the only acceptable use of images by either Christian or Jews up until the sixth century.
Early Christians were charged with atheism because they were careful not to do anything that would appear to be worship of an Idol or picture, etc. In this early period they had the same abhorrence of images as the Jews.
www.peacekey.com /1-1-a/ImageWorship.HTM   (761 words)

 Bertrand Russell, A Free Man's Worship
Pathetic and very terrible is the long history of cruelty and torture, of degradation and human sacrifice, endured in the hope of placating the jealous gods: surely, the trembling believer thinks, when what is most precious has been freely given, their lust for blood must be appeased, and more will not be required.
The worship of Force, to which Carlyle and Nietzsche and the creed of Militarism have accustomed us, is the result of failure to maintain our own ideals against a hostile universe: it is itself a prostrate submission to evil, a sacrifice of our best to Moloch.
The slave is doomed to worship Time and Fate and Death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
www.users.drew.edu /~jlenz/fmw.html   (2883 words)

 Mahometanism; Image worship - Sketches of Church History
I may, however, mention that one of these disputes was about images, to which the Christians of those ages, and especially the Greeks, had come by degrees to pay a sort of reverence which St. Augustine and other fathers of older days would have looked on with horror.
It had become usual to fall down before images, to pray to them, to kiss them, to burn lights and incense in their honour, to adorn them with gold, silver, and precious stones, to lay the hand on them in taking oaths, and even to use them as godfathers or godmothers for children in baptism.
Those who defend the use of images would tell us that the honour is not given to them, but to Almighty God, to the Saviour, and to the saints, through the images.
bible.christiansunite.com /sch/sch02-01.shtml   (586 words)

 EIPS - Saints and Angels and Image Worship (188-208)
The Church of Rome teaches that "images are representations of Christ of His Blessed Mother or of the saints and members of the Church of Rome, members are encouraged to pay them homage and give them votive offerings".
In practise this leads to the worship of images that is idolatry, which is forbidden in the second commandment.
Modern authorities declare that relics are "dear pledges which animate their confidence in the communion and intercession of the saints", and that there ought to be rendered to them !an inferior and relative honour as they relate to Christ and the saints and their memorials of them".
www.ianpaisley.org /article.asp?bible14.htm   (1538 words)

 worship and song display software reviews for church presentation software
The worship software listed below is designed to be used with video projectors to display song lyrics, announcements, scriptures and other media during worship services.
Worship Assistant is a software tool for planning your worship services and present song lyrics using a video projector.
An interesting feature is the ability to set one secure place on the Internet where worship team members can come to see the order of service, to listen and learn worship songs, to download chord charts or lyrics.
www.ebibleteacher.com /reviewworship.html   (3450 words)

 Symbolism in Hindu Worship
It is the image of the imageless, and the body of the unembodied.
Personality worship has created more destructive fanaticism and irrational conservatism in the world than the sectional demoralizing influences that image worship has brought about in India.
Personality worship breeds narrowness, whereas, image worship widens the narrow viewpoint by its sheer effect of impersonal appeal.
www.spiritual-teachers.com /symbolism.htm   (838 words)

 UW Press: Images in Asian Religions
The study of images in Asian religions has tended to emphasize the centrality of image worship in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Areas addressed include the complex, fluid, and contested nature of the religious image; the reception of images within the intellectual culture of Hinduism and Buddhism; and the importance of historical and cultural context in the study of religious images.
The result is a compelling collection, which demonstrates the range of debate over practices of image worship and expands our appreciation of the religious image to include a wide array of objects that serve as supports of divine presence.
www.washington.edu /uwpress/search/books/GRAIMC.html   (377 words)

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