I recently went through my website and took out all the pictures that I have posted over the years, since I decided that even if a picture is worth a thousand words a picture can still get in the way of the true word of God, except in children’s books about Jesus, when they are learning the basics about the truth. The pictures on my website were somehow frightening to people and were more driving them away then bringing them in, as they say.
John 17:17 says: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. ” In this passage Jesus is praying to the father for those who would believe in him both now (His Disciples) and later (Christians) and he was saying that his word is truth or his word is the truth. It makes no mention of a picture in this context or anywhere else in the Bible and indeed since a picture is of the world (if you study this passage further you will see that Jesus is praying that the Father sanctify those who believe by His Word and that they will come out of the world just as He was out of the world. Can you see then how a picture used to illustrate a bible story may well keep us from the word since the picture is clearly of the world?
The word of God should be plain and unencumbered by the world like a bulletin or like the bible itself. Jesus is the Word of God (John 1: 1,2,14). He does not need pictures to illustrate Himself, but alas the printed word is enough. I think it was a mistake on my part to attempt to pretty up the truth and from now on it will be presented as the best of my knowledge allows,in a more pure and unadorned fashion. I can only hope this will help others to see Jesus as the bible portrays him uninhibited by the things of this world that can easily get in the way.
May God bless and keep you until next time.