Pad, I agree great post..<quoted text>NOT claiming that I totally agree with Gif here as he or Kay Marie call the statues Catholics have in their homes,institutions and churches,IDOLS, but on the other hand Catholics really somehow do not understand the FIRST Commandment.Or else they would not have statues at all in their buildings and homes.
The people who insist on the fact that you worship idols, YES, are stubbornly standing on a premise that has long been clarified. Protestants and fundamentalists who claim such against RCs and Orthodox need to spend some time reading what an I D O L is to begin with.
An idol which is made into an image in order to be used for worship is perceived by the users to either represent a false deity,or to be that deity.
It is obvious that the Almighty abhorred those idols because they were mindless,deaf,blind hollow nothings that were being called upon to do what only the Almighty could or would not do.Human beings who worship idols reject any type of real relationship with the God of the Universe,and basically want to control the idol they worship.
We are called as believers CLAY, to worship God in Spirit and in truth.The use of statues to represent Jesus,Mary and the saints would seem innocent on the surface,because we know that Catholics do not literally worship those statues. But kneeling in front of them,praying,lighting candles,and so on in front of those statues is not what God had in mind when Jesus implored believers to worship God in Spirit and in truth.
The FIRST Commandment strictly forbids the making of an image to USE in the worship of the true and living God.Those statues of JESUS especially literally break the first commandment in that they are suppose to represent GOD,because Jesus is G o d.Those are false images,why? No one knows what Jesus really looked like. I am not saying that the many statues of Jesus are not sometimes inspiring to look at,we humans are enthralled by imaging.When one visits Rome or a great city in Italy,they are moved by the fantastic statues of well known human beings of the past,even here in this country at our Capital.
We believers are to be aware of the fact also that statues built or sculpted to be displayed in public forums,are never used for wroship,N O O N E kneels before them,and makes petitions to God before those many public statues of former leaders,and so on.
So if the people of the world do not even make petition before such physical images,WE, Believers should never kneel before a statue to make petition before a Holy God,who in His first commandment forbade us to do such to begin with.
kneeling in front of statues, that are suppose to represent Jesus, Mary, and other saints; praying, lighting candles,
Also giving credit to saint and Mary for answered prayers.
Where does God fit into their list?? its not first that's for sure.
Even the rosary is to Mary, its all about Mary, when it should be all about Jesus. Which is putting another before God.
I agree they do break the first commandment, in the fact they have made Mary a goddess in their eyes. Crowning her Queen of Heaven