Hi everyone this is my first post.
I'm very interested in both Eastern and Oriental orthodoxy, but I am confused about your use of icons. I searched your forum to see if this has been asked before but I couldn't find what I was looking for? Excuse me if I have missed it.
My questions are:
How do you justify the use of icons. In other words what are they for?
Are icons not in breach of the Ten Commandments (specifically Exodus 20:4-5)?
Why do you venerate saints and images of saints and why have saints at all? Surely only God has the right to decide who a saint is, as all men are sinners.
Do you feel that Protestant churches are false churches because they have more or less rejected iconry? Surely they are simply doing what they think is right by eliminating idolatry.
Thanks in advance for your replies.