Then explain to me exactly where is the line between veneration and worship? Do ANY catholics in all of the world EVER cross over that line? Is Mary ever 'worshipped' like God?<quoted text>
I don't understand what worship is?
ah that's it. Maybe I have been worshiping that marble image and didn't know it!! not!
God clearly meant creating statues and worshiping them. He clearly meant putting images in place of Him as a deity. That is what would make Him jealous.
God did not mean we couldn't use our artistic ability to create an image to further Glorify HIM.
Like I said, this was all already explained to you.
Your opinion is set.
Now YOU need to start explaining your logic.
Why does an image of Christ in Marys arms make God Jealous?
Why do you accuse Catholics of worshiping it, even though we testify how crazy that is?
The literal Greek translation of the 2nd commandment does not say 'putting images in [lace of Him as deity'. The literal translation is 'Thou shalt have no other gods in My presence.'
Why do you think man's artistic ability in making images or icons somehow 'further glorifies Him.
If someone made a statue of Clay that looked nothing like Clay would you be pleased? Do you KNOW what Jesus looked like? And why do you feel that you need an image to 'hesp' you remember to worship God? Does He posses lso little of your heart and mind that you are always forgetting about Him?
And again you are ignoring the instructions regarding graven images. The scripture clearly says not to make unto thyself 'any graven images'. But why would you care what scripture says? You only care what the RCC says.
But someday you will give an account to God( not the magisterium) explaining why you chose to disregard His very detailed instructions.