meninlove said I think christ would think very little about depictions.
They are merely that, attempts to visualize something spiritually wonderful externally.
Let's go beyond them being mere visualization and let us interpret them as the Church uses them particularly in missionary strategies in Africa, East Asia, and South America. They forget the God and Christ of Bible and Christ becomes a skeleton form of their own gods.
Artists can depict what they want. But I am speaking of the Church advertising these depictions as the true Christ. When the Church puts enough of these depictions, that is what people believe happens, we forget the sorrow. If all we depicted were beautiful souls, what can the rest of us un-beautiful people do? If we have a pristine and regal Christ, God becomes esoteric, unapproachable. We lose the love offered through Christ's salvation. The Church forgets that a fieldworker, a slave, a prostitute, the unwanted will never be able to approach this angelic and robust god. How can they be as worthy as those of rank and privilege whom Christ resembles when Christ looks nothing like them
? And Christ said "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you."
Certainly, the duty of the Church is to stay true to the Bible and the teachings of Christ, neither promote the handsome stately, regal Christ, thus I titled the topic "the Apostate Christ." For if Christ suffered beside us, then he would have refused these depictions.
There was a French artist by the name of Georges Rouault in the early 20th Century. Rouault saw the face of human suffering in Christ and he showed the crises of his time. In his paintings there is no charm and there is no softening, only painful nakedness of spirit:
But I guess I wouldn't want to see this Christ either. Rouault said "Nous croyons rois"- We think we are kings. But in reality "Ne sommes-nous pas forçats?"- Are we not convicts?
Lincsbear, perhaps not the depictions, but what about the form and image that we hold?