Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Bible as a verbal icon of Christ

There are many definitions and understandings of what the Holy Bible is and isn’t. Below is an interesting description given by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who claims, in his book The Orthodox Church, the Orthodox position on what the Bible is:

“Orthodoxy regards the Bible as a verbal icon of Christ, the seventh Ecumenical Council laying down that the Holy icons and the Book of the Gospels should be venerated in the same way. In every church the Gospel Book has a place of honour on the altar; it is carried in procession at the Liturgy and at Matins on Sundays and feasts; the faithful kiss it and prostrate themselves before it. Such is the respect shown in the Orthodox Church for the Word of God”.

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