Tradition of Men: Catholics worship Idols.

Bread From Heaven: On my post Where Does Scripture Say Mary Was Sinless? I made the oft repeated comment: “The Catholic Faith does not contradict anything in Scripture.” To this Erica replied:

Erica: How about IDOLATRY…?

Look at your Churches… There’s a lot of statues of Saints, Mary etc. that almost all of Catholics kneel upon it and even worship it like a God….

Go and continue worshiping your godly images and let’s see how far you will go…

“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, IDOL WORSHIPERS, and all liars–their fate is in the FIERY LAKE OF BURNING SULFUR. This is the SECOND DEATH.”
Revelation 21:8


Bread From Heaven: I have many posts on this topic. Since I had just made a power point presentation to all of our confirmation students last Sunday I decided to make  my talk into one more post on this topic:

Does the Catholic Church worship Idols?

Protestants say we do. Where do they get  this idea?

First Commandment

Exodus 20:You must not have any other god but me.You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them

Therefore, many Protestants criticize Catholics because we have pictures and statues in our Churches and our homes. Most Protestants never have these in their churches because they think they are idols. They take this very seriously.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind…

Protestant are very sincere, BUT…are Protestants  right?
No, they are forgetting some very important Bible verses where God told Moses to place in the Temple in the very presence of God, the Holy of Holies:

2 ANGELS  of hammered gold …their wings spread upward..The angels are to face each other..-Ex. 25:18-20

 So, God Himself wanted a couple of images of “things in Heaven” in the Tabernacle

And did you know God told Solomon to decorate the Temple with images of things in Heaven and Earth? 

600 Pomegranates, Lilies, Gourds, 12 Bulls, Lions, Angels, Palm Trees, and Golden Flowers

And it stood upon twelve oxen, of which three looked towards the north, and three towards the west, and three towards the south, and three towards the east, and the sea was above upon them, and their hinder parts were all hid within.–I Kings 7:18-46

And then we have the incident where the children of Israel were bitten by fiery serpents and …

Numbers 21:8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”

Obviously, God  has not forbidden art because He commanded specific kinds of art to decorate the Temple and to save the Israelites from snakebites. He just didn’t want us to Worship these things

 “You must not bow down to them or worship them”

Why does the Catholic Church have Art in Churches? I can think of 5 reasons.

1. Pictures and statues are like family photos in our houses of worship only we have images of the Family of God.

Doesn’t every house have family pictures?

2. As an aid to prayer and to keep us focused.

3. To remind us of those who set an example of heroic Christian living.





4. As reminders of Stories of Faith; to teach our children when a child asks, “Who is that?”

5. To tell the stories of our Faith to all the generations in the last 2000 years when Bibles were too expensive for individuals to own and most people could not read anyway. Did you know, even today 20% of the world population cannot read? But everyone can understand art.

But Protestants will say, “The Bible says: You must not bow down to them or worship them….”

Therefore, Protestants reason, since Catholics have images in their churches and they kneel or bow to them, Catholics worship images and commit idolatry!

So, Protestants think this kneeling is  Idolatry?






But not this–><—or this

or this–>

Is President Obama worshiping the  Emperor of Japan?

No! He was merely honoring him.

Why do Protestants think only Catholic kneeling is Idolatry?

Simple. Because their leaders have taught them that Catholics worship idols. Protestants trust their leaders and so when they visit a Catholic Church and see statues and pictures with people kneeling in front of them they jump to the conclusion that they are actually seeing modern day idolatry.

They do not question this judgement because they have been taught that this is true. They fail to recognize that they are unable to know the heart and mind of the kneeling person and therefore their judgement may, very well be, uncharitable. They don’t mean to be uncharitable…..But…..

They are simply WRONG!

We bow and kneel in order to honor Mary and the Saints. We do NOT worship them. The Catholic Church condemns the worship of anyone except God, the Holy Trinity!

There is nothing wrong with art in our Churches

Because God Himself commanded Moses to decorate the Jewish Temple with images of:

Things in Heaven–>Angels


Things on Earth–>Plants and Animals

The idea that all kneeling is, without question, Worship, is absurd.

If all kneeling =Worship then:

A Knight kneeling to a king is worshiping him.

A little girl kneeling by her bed is worshiping the bed…

A boy kneeling by a Bible and baseball glove is worshiping them.






When God said: You must not make …an image of any kind or …bow down …or worship them…

He did not mean all images are idols and all kneeling is worship.

He simply meant : Don’t worship anything or anyone but ME.

3 Responses

  1. Always hoopla about statues. Personally I don’t like statues unless they are a true piece of art (Michelangelo, etc.). I much prefer icons and the sacred tradition behind “icon writing”. But in defense of statues I see crucifixes (the cross with the Statue-image of Christ mounted on) in protestant churches, even in Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Churches. I have seen statues of Martin Luther and other “reformers” in various protestant churches. The visitor centre in Salt Lake City at the Mormon Church headquarters is full of statuary depicting scenes from the life of Christ, etc.

    Americans flock to Mount Rushmore, and the Statue of Liberty. Are they there to worship these idols? Presently 27 million dollars are being spent on the Liberty statue to do something with it only after millions were spent several years ago to rebuild it. Rushmore is a farce. Those four faces are on a mountain sacred to the Native Americans. Every park in the country has statues of famous people either local or nationally famous. The Philadelphia city hall has a statue of William Penn atop it’s high tower.

    How many people display a Christmas Creche? These are all statues or figurines (same thing!) depicting the birth scene of the Saviour of the World. Thanks to Saint Francis of Assisi this tradition has been going on since way before the reformation.

    I really think that the greater majority of catholic Christians are more intelligent to know that any statue whether it is one of the Mother of God or the Father of his country is only just that: a statue and a representation of the personage that it depicts. It reminds us of that person and their legacy, being that of holiness or patriotism. It is just that nothing more. Great statues like the Pieta or David are beautiful works of art to be treasured and admired. I don’t know any statue worshipers, anywhere.

  2. The Second Council of Nicaea, also known as the Seventh Ecumenical Council by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic Churches, and various other Western Christian Churches met on Oct.13, 787a.d. in Nicaea (present day Turkey)….This was by it’s very nature an ecumenical council….The purpose of this council was to seek a declaration of faith concerning the veneration (not worship) of holy images…It’s final determination is as follows…. “As the sacred and life giving cross is everywhere, set up as a symbol, so should the images of our savior Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the holy angels, as well as those of the Saints and other pious and holy men be embodied in the manufacture of sacred vessels, tapestries, vestments, etc., and exhibited on the walls of churches, in homes and in all conspicuous places, by the roadside and everywhere, to be venerated and revered by all who see them….For this ecumenical council believes the more they are contemplated, the more they move the believers to fervent memory of their prototypes…Therefore, it is proper to accord to them a fervent and reverent adoration, not, however, the veritable worship which, according to our faith, belongs to the divine being alone–for the honor accorded to the image passes over to it’s prototype and whoever venerates the image, adores in it the reality of what is there represented. References: Exodus25:19–Numbers7:89–Hebrews9:5–Ezekiel41:18 On the evening of the Epipany of the richard

  3. Bfhu,

    This was really good. The thing of it is, Protestants really do have statues and pictures in their homes of Jesus, Angels, etc… They also have just like you and I dust collectors called “what-nots.” I understand where they are coming from, I did it myself. I finally realised I was double-minded. It is okay here, but not there. That is not belief and faith. Erica, like some I know, is just off of the wall with it. Who rejoices if you think someone is going to hell? Who does that?

    I am glad I am out of it, and God gave me the grace to “convert.” He gave me wonderful books to read, and I now have a complete understanding of Scripture from the beginning to the end. Not just a verse here and there and 33,000 different ways of seeing and understanding Scripture. Blessed I am indeed. God Bless, SR

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