Various important icons in Christianity.
This shows an image of John of Damascus, an avid supporter of the iconophile position. Here he is praising the notion of God, not the actual physical altar itself.
This depiction of Jesus Christ is a reminder to all that gaze upon it, the sacrifice that he made for all mankind. It also reminds us to stay on the path of the righteous.
Although this item is made of gold, it is meant to represent the idea of God, not worship the metal itself.
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