Should idols and images be made, venerated and worshipped?
Encyclopedic Dictionary Says...
Likeness, apparition, etc., representation of any person or thing, sculptural, painted, or otherwise made visible: a statue, picture, or stamped representation; an effigy; an idol; what forms a counterpart or likeness of something else; 1ikeness ; embodiment; a picture draw by fancy; resemblance; show appearance; optics, the figure or appearance of an object made by reflection or refraction."
The Roman Catholic Church says...
“To represent the Persons of the holds Trinity by certain forms under which their appeared in the Old and New Testaments no one should deem contrary to religion or the law of God.
“But to make and honor the images of Christ our Lord, of His holy and virginal Mother, has Allah's been deemed a holy practice.
“It is lawful to have images in churches, and to pay them honor and respect, images of the Saints are placed in churches, not only to be honored, but also that they may admonish us.”
Council of Trent, Part 111, Chapter 11, Article 17, 23, 24.
The Bible says…
Idols and images:
- “have mouths and SPEAK not,…
- “have eyes and see not,…
- “have ears and hear not,…
- “have noses and smell not,…
- “have hands and feel not,…
- “have feet and walk not,…”
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me."
“Destroy their altars, break their statues, and cut down their groves. Adore not any strange god. The name of the Lord is jealous, He is a jealous god's
“You will not make nor set up (erect) yourself a statue (of any image) which things the Lord your God hates."
“Cursed be the man who makes a carved or molten image (of an),' kinds: it is an abomination to the Lord..."
“You ban's done evil above all that were before you: for thou have gone and made you other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger? and have cast me behind your back.”
1 Kings 14:9
Leviticus 26:1,30; Leviticus 19:4; Deuteronomy 4:9-13; Deuteronomy| 4:15-19; Psalm 78:58-59; Psalm 115:8; Ezekiel 23:29-30; Ezekiel 36:18; Matthew 7:15; Luke 4:8; Acts 10:25-26; Revelation 14:7; Revelation 14:9-l0; Revelation 9:20
“You shall defile also the covering of your graven images of silver, and the ornament of your molten images of gold: you shall cast them away as a monstrous cloth: you shall say to it, get thee hence (thrown out).”
Do you believe...
...that the Bible indicates that claiming idols is something that displeases God?
...that the Bible mentions that the Church of the First Century worshipped images?
...that the Bible teaches about having images and idols of Saints placed in churches in order to imitate their lives and virtues?
...that by obeying God's command not to fabricate, make, cast or build images and idols, there would not be a need to discuss whether or not it is right to worship or venerate them?
...that it is correct,
- to honor?
- to rendered?
- to worship? or
- to fabricate images and idols?
When the Roman Catholic Church ask you to worship and venerate images...
What Does the Bible Say About Objects Declared Sacred by the Roman Catholic Church?
The Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary says...
A bone or other part of saints or martyrs, or some part of their garment, etc. preserved, and regarded as extraordinary sanctity and often as possessing miraculous powers."
A string of beads used b)' Roman Catholics, on which they count their prayers, there being so many small beads each for an Ave Maria, and so many large ones each for a Paternoster (The Lord's prayer's).”
A kind if ecclesiastical garment consisting of two bands of woolen stuff going over the shoulder, one in front, the other behind, and worn in honor of the Virgin Mary.”
In the Roman Catholic Church, water consecrated by the priest, and used in various rites and ceremonies.
The Roman Catholic Church says...
“It is lawful to honor and invoke the saints to venerate their sacred relics and ashes… tends to increase the Gloria of God, and he himself encouraged to imitate the Saints. “The honor and invocation of saints is approved by miracles. But who would not be convinced of the honor due the Saints and of the help they give us by the wonders wrought at their tombs? Deceased eyes, hands, and other members are restored to health; the dead are raised to life and demons are expelled from the bodies of men.”
Council of Trent, Part 111, Chapter 1, Article 11, 15.
“Holy Rosary: it is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and in a word, to attain real peace among men.”
“Holy Rosary serves admirably to Overcome the anemia of God and religion.”
Pope Pius Xl, Encyclical on the Rosary of the Holy Virgin, September 29, 1937.
“The saints have been traditionally honored in the Church as their authentic relics and images held in veneration.”
Vatican Council 11, Constitution on to the Sacred Liturgy, Chapter 111, No. 60: Chapter V, No. 111.
“Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification circumstances in Christian life, they can also respond to the needs of the Christian people.
“They always include a prayer, accompanied by a specific sigh such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the spl-in - of holy water.
“The religious sense of the Christian people has always entry expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, part Two, Section Two, Chapter Four, Article 1, Nos. 1668, 1674; Part Four, Section one, Chapter Three, Article 1, No. 2708.
Do you believe...
... that it is good and advantageous to invoke images, idols and Saints in prayers imprecating benefits from God?
... that all those who deny and affirm that praying to images, idols and Saints is idolatry, and should let them be anathema?
Disadvantages Of Idols, Images, Sacred Objects, Saints and Devils
According to the Bible...
- “A lie, Makes heads of iron,
- A fraud, Makes foreheads of bronze,
- A shame, Makes people worship the creature (Satan),
- Confusion, Makes the person stand on trial before God,
- Vain works, To be sentenced by God,
- Ridiculous works, To be called ferocious wolves,
- Hated things to the Lord, To be called fruitless,
- Abomination to God, To be chosen for the fire,
- Cannot save, To disobey God,
- Makes ignorant, To be hated by God,
- Cannot deliver from distress, To make God angry,
- To be recipient of God's command to be killed.
“You will not make them. You will not bow down to them.
You will not worship them, says the Lord.
Because you will...
- Be nothing,
- Be worthless,
- Be blind,
- Be ignorant,
- Be ashamed,
- Be laughed at,
- Be destroyed,
- Be profitless,
- Become stupid,
- Become brutish,
- Become foolish,
- Be a thing which God hates,
- Be an abomination to God,
- Be making God jealous,
“Because it can not deliver your soul from the bondage of sin.”
Do you believe...
...that the use of the rosary, the scapulare and the holds water is based on the Scriptures?
...that the Bible suggests that prayer should be a repetition of the same phrases, rather than the simple expression of the heart?
...that the Christian, who is in direct communication with God, through Jesus Christ, needs certain physical elements to remind him of God's goodness?
...that the Roman Catholic Church is using
- Idols, Images, Relics, Saints, Ashes, Purgatory, Confessionals, The Mass (Eucharist), Penances, Baptisms, Last rites, Extreme Unction, Etc., Etc., Etc.,
…to make money?
...that such idolatry is condemned by the Bible?
...that the Bible condemns it as spiritual adultery-fornication?
...that God blesses magical charms?
When the Roman Catholic Church ask you to worship and venerate objects...