Clay -- outstanding post on many levels.<quoted text>
I consider all 72 books to be valid, as well as the teaching Magistrium of the Holy Catholic Church who told us they were valid.
I believe in their definition of Holy Scriptures. Not yours or anyone else who came along once the books were published and decided to dictate their own Christianity.
We do not include idols in our worship. That's a lie you've convinced yourself of. God knows your heart. He knows if you are deliberately spreading deception. I'll let you two work that out on judgement day.
As for our statues? You've failed to convince me that the beautiful sculptures at the Cathedral offend God. We have awesome ones of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in all 4 corners. We have Saint Paul overlooking from the back. In a chapel in the rear we have an exact replica of Michaelangelo's pieta.(that's a depiction of Mary holding the crucified Jesus in her arms)
Confrint, you've failed miserably to convince me God can be jealous of such powerful artwork that does nothing but enhance His glory. To put it bluntly, those things were carved out of pure love for God. Your warped ignorance tries to manipulate the ten Commandments in a vain attempt to falsely accuse us of worshiping those things. I see it plain as day.
Like I said, you and God can discuss this someday. Just pull out your Bible and show Him the book of Exodus, and maybe he'll understand why you thought it was ok to accuse us.... Then again, maybe not.
"I consider..." I believe..." Nice approach.
"Powerful artwork..." and your your reference to Exodus are --- powerful and persuasive.
Is someone coaching you? This is really good stuff.
No matter, an enjoyable read. Thank you.