But the Orthodox Church is THE CHURCH and of what church do you speak?But the Church is not your denomination. The early Church was very hostile towards images. The myth that St. Luke painted the first icons was invented by iconophiles in Constantinople. Let's forget for a second the question, if icons are biblical or not, St. Luke did not paint icons. The Church is the bride of Christ - can the bride of Christ lie? That St. Luke painted icons is not true.