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

HAHAHAHA!!!

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?

TEN COMMANDMENTS
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:Unknown-3

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.Unknown-2

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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?

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So Protestant jump to the conclusion that the Pope is

worshipping the statue of Mary because he is praying and

kneeling by it. Why is this idolatry…..

 
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But not this–>

Why not jump to the conclusion he is worshipping bread?


<—or this. Why not jump to the conclusion

she is worshipping her bed?

 

 

 

 

or this–>images

Why not jump to the conclusion he is worshipping the Bible?

 

 

 

 

 

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

and

Things on Earth–>Plants and Animals, plants, & fruit

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.

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4 Responses

  1. It hurts me that you continue to justify catholic doctrine. While each doctrine on it’s own has good “reasoning” that you and others defend it with, together as a whole it is distracting from the main message of salvation. The AVERAGE catholic is not saved and each doctrine as a part might not cause a problem (especially to you coming from a Protestant background and understanding salvation) but taken as a whole to the CRADLE-BORN catholic it leads to complete deception and a misunderstanding of the CORE GOSPEL. MILLIONS of cradle-born catholics are being led astray and think they are on their way to heaven because they are “good people” because that is the main message that is taught today.. they have no conception whatsoever that at it’s core, christianity is to know that we are sinners. While the average catholic cites the creed and goes through the steps they do not truly understand their own need for a savior (they fail to see their own shortcomings because the law is no longer preached), they hear about God’s mercy without understanding WHY they need mercy. The catholic church today is leading people by the millions into hell because the average catholic goes through tradition without understanding what the tradition was built on, without understanding the gospel – they say they belief Jesus is their savior but it is words with hearts far from God. I wish you would stop supporting this church. Please stop as you give people who are content to follow tradition without understanding the reasoning behind the tradition a false sense of security.

    • Kristen G: I share your observation. However, spiritual lukewarmness can be found with Catholics, Protestants and Protestant Evangelicals whether they are from cradle or through adult conversion. One caveat is that we should never presume the interior life of another because of what we perceive as a lack of enthusiasm from a particular Christian culture and tradition (like the warm Arminian over a cold Calvinist, or salvationalism to the neglect of performing corporal works of mercy). God alone will judge at the end of time. Meanwhile, we strive to live the beatitudes with meekness, gentleness, and humility.

      Nothing wrong with good or right doctrines because the Church’s mission is to steer us in the direction of the “narrow path” of salvation and righteousness. Please don’t be too quick to slander or make spurious judgments against the Church (established by Christ) by some mistaken beliefs. Talking about a “false sense of security,” I will think that the OSAS doctrine of Eternal Security with Luther’s urging to go out to”sin boldly” is the greatest heresy of all ages. You may want to rethink about it.

    • Wow Kristen you have NO clue what Catholics believe!!! After reading your very judgmental statements, I can’t help but wonder how do you Know the hearts of people so well? What they know and what they don’t know. Have you ever READ the Catholic teachings? I believe NOT because you would never speak the way you did. Maybe it would be better for your spirit to fully concentrate on what you do, and where you heart is at, because your speech doesn’t reflect Jesus’ at ALL. If you really knew what Catholics believe you would have much more peace and love in your heart. I’m sooo sorry you’re soooo misinformed.

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