Catholics Worship Idols?
That is what some say that Catholics do. Why do they say
that? What is their reference?
Where is their documented proof? Show me the
genuine Catholic documents which "prove" this false charge?
I have yet to see
any Catholic document that says Catholics are to worship
An image used as an
object of worship. A false GOD.
This is how the dictionary defines an
A reproduction of the form of a person or an
An optically formed duplicate, counterpart, or other
reproduction of an object, especially an optical reproduction
of an object
formed by a lens or a mirror.
This is what the dictionary
says an image is. It could be a statue, icon, or
The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity,
an idol, or a sacred object.
This the definition given by the
Do you have a photograph of a loved one? Do you worship
it? I doubt it.
Maybe you only use the picture to remind yourself of that
What about the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the
Do you or anyone else worship it or any other statue? Of
Then why is the statue there? It is to remind us of what a great
man he was
and in an image to which we can relate.
It is the same situation in the Catholic Church. The statues
in the Catholic Church are there to remind us of our founder, Jesus Christ, His
and the great saints of the Church.
"You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of
anything in the sky
above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the
GOD clearly said make no images.
"And the Lord
said to Moses, "Make a seraph (snake) and mount it on a
pole, and if anyone
who has been bitten looks at it he will recover."
Moses accordingly made a
bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten
by a serpent looked at the bronze
serpent, he recovered."
GOD clearly said make an image.
Now is this a Bible conflict, or a misunderstanding, or
by someone? It has to be one or the
"So all the people took off their earrings and brought them
to Aaron, who accepted their offering, and fashioned this gold with a graving
tool, made a golden calf. Then they cried out, 'this is your GOD, O Israel, who
you out of the land of Egypt'."
This is a clear
violation of the first commandment. They had accepted and
made for themselves
a false god. So how did GOD respond?
"Thus the Lord smote the people for
having had Aaron make the calf for
It is clear that
GOD again said make no idols.
"Make two cherubim of beaten gold for the
two ends of the propitiatory,
fasten them so that one cherub springs direct
from each end."
Another clear message directly from GOD to
make idols. Did you notice that these gold cherubim were to be mounted atop the
most sacred object on earth, the Ark of the Covenant?
Chapters 5 and 6 of
1Kings tell of the building of Solomon's Temple as
commanded by GOD, and
decorating it inside with...
"And he made in the oracle two cherubim of olive
tree, of ten cubits in
Yet another command from
GOD to make idols.
These idols were huge, as one cubit is about eighteen
inches. That makes
each one fifteen feet tall.
So what do we have here? Are there more Bible conflicts than
or are we missing something?
Do you see the pattern here? It is very clear.
said to make images that come from GOD but make no images
that are against
1. Angels are Saints, St. Michael, St. Raphael, St. Gabriel.
There are many Saints who never were Angels, St. Mary, St. Peter, etc.
Saints are of GOD so what is the problem of having a statue of them?
Christ is certainly of GOD, so what is the problem of having
crucifix to remind us of the passion He suffered for each of
5. Catholics, when praying before a statue are not petitioning to the
but to the person of whom it represents.
6. Now if you
think petitioning Saints is wrong, I suggest you refer to
5:8, and Rev 8:1-4
Now I have to ask once more, for those who accuse Catholics
idol worship, show me your documentation which 'proves' what you
Written by Bob Stanley, October 28, 1998
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