History must always be preserved, no matter how hideous or beautiful. The problem with the world today is that history has been written and edited by the victors of our history. It is in absolutely no way shape or form acceptable to destroy any part of history, especially art. Without art, we would not have the wisdom behind the very foundation of what makes us human.Yet because this rule has not been followed to the letter in our past, our past is hereby convoluted beyond repair. Buckle up...
Take for example all of the different translations of the Christian Bible (NIV, ESV, and so on.) Then you have the other forms of translation for each different language that it's been printed in. Then you have human history again, more often than not mucking up the process of Godliness that we are called upon for (The Church of Rome and England, the denominations, people such as the first American settlers etc) Then you have the many cultures that our faith has been spread and mixed in with(native American, and the natives of the world that were once not Christian). Lost yet? Then you have the media, which in all of its corruption, disseminates information in ways that are strictly for profit and popularity. These media giants are often manipulated by the government which is manipulated by big businesses and so on. ALL OF THIS is not even the complete strategy currently used by Hell to lure people away from God. It isn't just our Faith affected, but the entire spectrum of human ideals and free will. It's all of history, owned and operated by the writers and editors that have won the various struggles on human conquest, for better or worse. I have called this, my current theory, "Adversity's Stratagem for the Masses".
As far as art goes...an image is an endless amount of different words, all related and piling into one image. That image is then perceived by the eyes of any and all whom are privileged with seeing it. For example, one might see the Creation of Adam, in the Cistine Chapel to literally be a rendition of God creating man through a touch of life. However, many speculate that the image of God Himself, carried by the angels on His throne, is symbolic for the true origins of the human mind, as that image takes similar shape to the human brain.
Yet when i use the word 'art', please do not misunderstand me. I don't just mean pretty pictures and statues. I mean quite literally everything in existence. Art is simply the part of something that is beautiful in some way or another, and there is beauty is everything in this universe. It is a matter of that mysterious, terrifying, incredible and miraculous thing we know as perception. You can choose to see the world for its many faults just as you can choose to see it for all its beauty. It's quite funny how just about everything comes down to free will. Choice, as it were, to pick and choose according to our chosen perspective in order to develop a chosen perception. A narrow mind is the cause of a bleak outlook, thus I say that ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is yet another tool of the trade that is Hells stratagem. They want closed minds, blind eyes, spineless bodies and a world of soulless naivety. That is why that blackline as much of the endless pages of our history that they can, and make for lies in the places of truth. It can take time (seconds or centuries), one person with a talented devil on their shoulder, and one ear that consumes ideas and spreads them like a plague to the masses.
Illusion, confusion, ignorance. They are experts but not masters. Such would imply omnipotence, and if I have said otherwise in the past, then I correct myself here and now. Hell, our enemy, is not some hot place of fire and sulfur beneath our feet. It is a place that transcends time and space, where our enemy resides in bitter patience. God is with us for the following reasons among the endless: to guide us through this struggle. He will not hold your hand or do it for you however. It is tasked to you and you alone to live a life of true godliness. It is upon you, in your limited time here in the middle of an eternal war, to use your gift of free will to love rather than to hate. To forgive rather than to judge. To have faith rather than to doubt.
That is why when I speak of the importance of art and history, we must learn to appreciate what we have, learn from it as best we can, and realize that everything is somehow related, whether we understand it or not. No matter how hideous or how beautiful, our footprints in time must never be taken for granted. We must see the relationship between history and art, as one footprint and another. An image can toss into ones mind, a thousand words, which become ideas which ultimately become actions that are left as more of our past. Time and all of its stories, in a simple form, are broken down to choice. I only recommend that we choose wisely.