Why do we have any pictures? They remind us of the image. We have pictures of our loved ones,
why not of Jesus?
But there is even more to it. Jesus is God in the flesh. If we believe that, how could we
not portray him? To not do so is to not recognize his presence on earth.
Think about it: what makes Jesus different than anything in the universe. God loved us
so much that he came in the flesh and walked among us, identifying with the human condition.
Without his physical presence, He wouldn't be Jesus. So, we should recognize that. How can
we without using images?
Again, the church itself saw the importance of icons to resolve the issue by ecumenical council.
We in the eastern part of Christianity focus more on the incarnation than the west does.
Many Protestants don't worship with all their senses. We in the east do.
And we don't ignore sight because of some Greek notion that the physical is less important than the spiritual.
Unfortunately, the Reformationists went back to the Greek philosophers and this Platonic idea invaded Protestantism.