This is a great difference from Western architecture. A Gothic church is a monument offered up to God. It is an attempt by man to order and beautify all that exists in creation. It points upward to God the Father who is outside of it, and prayers are directed likewise. In contrast, an Orthodox church is introverted. The interior represents heaven, and to enter it is to step into the New Jerusalem. God dwells there among men, and they have no need of the sun, neither of the moon, for the Glory of God illumines it (cf. Revelation 21: 23).
Dette er fascinerande. Er Gud "nær", eller er han "langt borte". Gud er i himmelen. Men er himmelen nær - eller langt borte?
Eg meiner - både i kyrkje/tempel - men også i kvardagslivet!!