This is my 'modern take' on the Theotokus style Icon. It is good practice if nothing else. I can't start writing Icons until late next summer as I don't have any income spare to buy the materials I need. However I do have some acrylic paints and the canvasses are not as time consuming to prepare (Ready made!). I will get to do them though. Absence makes the heart go fonder and stronger in desire to do the thing one wants. I am going to put these up as individual shots below as I want to crop them, and the multimedia package on here doesn't have a cropping facility. (Well not last time I looked, so I will look!). Nope!
For me it doesn't matter what conspiricy theories anyone comes up with as to if or how Jesus was born into Humanity. It doesn't even matter to me if He was 'Divine' in the sense that 'The Church' says He is Divine. When it comes down to it, Without the Historical Jesus of Nazareth, we would have no Church.
Without 'The Church' even with all it's HORRIBLE History, we would not have the opportunity to read the Bible. AND, without the Bible, which is the whole point of Christianity, we would never have any help living a simple day to day life. In the Bible there is the possibility of seeing ourselves as we truly are, and meeting with ourself, and God in a new way that heals and restores our broken-ness.
To be 'Christ-Like', is our calling as Christians, it's an army assault course of ups and downs, (mostly a lot of slithering around in the dark in a swamp as far as I am concerned), but if you can 'hear God's voice' calling once or twice, it's definately possible to just go in the right direction. You get to hear God's voice loud and clear by reading the Bible a lot, because the promise stands good, 'He opens His word to those who truly value it and thirst in their seeking for it'. Well I do, and I did, and I will continue to do so, because like Peter said, 'where shall we go, Lord'! Jesus is real for me!