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Why do Catholics Have Statues in Churches?


Catholics do not worship idols but have a long tradition of using statues in our churches

Catholics have a been using statues in churches for years. Thousands of years ago, people were not able to read and write. The average person could not read and understand the stories in the bible for themselves, until the early 1900’s. Priests and scribes were the only people in the church who were educated enough to read and understand the bible. Therefore, the church used statues, paintings and stained glass windows to visually portray the stories in the bible. Also, it is to show what people from that time period may have looked like. The stained glass windows in a church often depicted the stories from Jesus’ life visually. That way, everyone, including little children, could understand who Jesus was.

It isn’t much different today. We have photographs of our grandparents to remember them by, and share stories about who they were, with our children. Music and YouTube videos on the internet tell a story in a couple of minutes, mostly by using pictures and a few words too. People do not have time to read very much and the message needs to get across to the viewer as quickly, and to the point as possible. The images and sound bites on the evening news is also another example of the need to quickly portray a story in just a few seconds.

Many of the buildings in our nation’s capital have statues of presidents, war heroes and other important public figures in order to honor them and preserve their memory. There are a lot of town squares throughout the world that have statues of a famous person who once lived in their town too, to honor them and remember what they looked like. Jesus, Mary and the saints are no different than any other important public figures in our world today. Catholics have statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints in our churches, to honor them and preserve their memory. This is  just like our nation does with statues of presidents and war heroes.

Statues of Jesus and Mary

Catholics often decorate statutes of Mary with roses and flowers to honor her memory. Sometimes we sing songs about Mary or carry a statue or picture of her in a procession. To a casual observer, it may appear that Catholics are worshiping a statue of Mary, but this is simply a way that Catholics show her honor. God honored Mary too, by sending the angel Gabriel to tell her she was “full of grace” and ask her to bear his son. Jesus also honored Mary, was obedient to her as a child, and did what she asked when he turned the water into wine at the wedding at Cana. Jesus especially honored Mary from the cross when he gave his mother to us

“Woman, behold your son” and to his disciple “behold your mother”.

John 19: 26-27

Our statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints are ways that Catholics honor and preserve their memory, through visual means in our everyday life. Remember the expression, “out of sight, out of mind?” As Catholics, we never want Jesus and Mary, and the example of the saints to be out of sight or out of mind, but be forever enduring in our hearts, and in our, every day lives.

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  1. ◄ Exodus 20:4 ►
    New International Version
    “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.

    New Living Translation
    “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.

    English Standard Version
    “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    Berean Study Bible
    You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens above, the earth below, or the waters under the earth.

    New American Standard Bible
    “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

    King James Bible
    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    Christian Standard Bible
    Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.

    Contemporary English Version
    Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth.

    Good News Translation
    “Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.

    Holman Christian Standard Bible
    Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.

    International Standard Version
    “You are not to make for yourselves an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above, or on earth below, or in the water under the earth.

    NET Bible
    “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below.

    New Heart English Bible
    “Do not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    GOD’S WORD® Translation
    Never make your own carved idols or statues that represent any creature in the sky, on the earth, or in the water.

    JPS Tanakh 1917
    Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

    New American Standard 1977
    “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

    Jubilee Bible 2000
    Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath nor that is in the water under the earth.

    King James 2000 Bible
    You shall not make unto yourself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    American King James Version
    You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    American Standard Version
    Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    Douay-Rheims Bible
    Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.

    Darby Bible Translation
    Thou shalt not make thyself any graven image, or any form of what is in the heavens above, or what is in the earth beneath, or what is in the waters under the earth:

    English Revised Version
    Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor the likeness of any form that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    Webster’s Bible Translation
    Thou shalt not make to thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    World English Bible
    “You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    Young’s Literal Translation
    Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image, or any likeness which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth.
    Study Bible
    The Ten Commandments
    …3You shall have no other gods before Me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens above, the earth below, or the waters under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,…
    Berean Study Bible

    Exodus 32:8
    How quickly they have turned aside from the way I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf and have bowed down to it, sacrificed to it, and said, ‘O Israel, this is your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.'”

    Exodus 34:17
    You shall make no molten gods for yourselves.

    Leviticus 19:4
    Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 26:1
    You must not make idols for yourselves or set up a carved image or sacred pillar, or place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God.

    Deuteronomy 4:16
    that you do not act corruptly and make an idol for yourselves of any form or shape, whether in the likeness of a male or female,

    Deuteronomy 5:8
    You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

    Deuteronomy 27:15
    Cursed is the man who makes a carved idol or molten image–which is detestable to the LORD, the work of the hands of a craftsman–and sets it up in secret.’ And let all the people say, ‘Amen!’

    2 Kings 17:12
    They served idols, although the LORD had told them, “You shall not do this.”

    Psalm 78:58
    They enraged Him with their high places and provoked His jealousy with their idols.

  2. For those who said that Mary is dead and cannot pray for us, read Gospel of John 11: 25-26. Jesus said that anyone who believes in him will never die even if he dies still lives. So Mary is alive because she truly believed in Jesus Christ and can intercede for us.

  3. But it is God who gave the commandment that we must not carved or paint images for He is a jealous God. Who are we going to follow, God our Creator or the created ones? It is the role of the Holy Spirit to open the heart of human so he or she could know the Lord. We must not under estimate God’s power to introduce Himself to someone even if he or she cannot read.
    Exodus 20:3-6
    “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

  4. I have seen some devout Catholic left the Church to some Pentecost church saying that this is against the 1st commandment of Moses against making graven images.However My reading closer lead me to the Arck of Covenant and the Cherubin adorned therein and Temple of Solomon built as God’s Temple had Many graven images reminding the presence of God etc.In fact I came to the conclusion the so called Pentecost people are abusing a Church that is keeping the New covenant of God’s..

    1. I guess Padre Pio never read the bible when the bible states Jesus is our mediator between us and the Father…and no one else. The catholic church lots of false doctrines especially this Mary stuff which is truly the doctrine of the devil whose main aim is to separate us from Jesus because the devil knows as long as the Catholics pray to Mary and not to Jesus they will never have any miracle of supernatural encounters with God Almighty. The only miracle that Catholics know and see this days are of statues/pictures which liquids comes out of it.This is the same thing which happens to Hindu god’s statues…no differences. This really proves that the devil is behind this type of false miracles. The real miracle like the ones in the bible only happens to followers of Jesus which is still happening to this very day, I myself have healed my family members and cast out evil spirits in the mighty name of Jesus. Mary can never do any kind of real miracles like the ones in the bible.

  5. But the question is how would you fulfill one of the ten commands on God, which states in Exodus 20:3-5?
    3. “You shall have no other gods before me.
    4. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
    5. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
    The bible clearly states to never “curve image” and not to “serve them”, how are you fulfilling this commandment then?

  6. Martin Luther solved a goodly part of the idolatry issue when he translated the Bible into German so the common man could read it. This took the *power* OUT of the hands of the papacy and put it *directly* into the minds of the people.

  7. Thanks very much for this piece of writing on “Why Catholics Have Statues in their Churches”. The answer is simple and clear. I had a hard time with a friend with regards to this topic. I am very pleased with the word used, “Catholics honour’, and “do not worship statues”. My friend’s problem was all around a misconception of words. Those around him were trying to make him believe that “we – Catholics worship statues”. I have also witnessed an exaggerated “honour” of statues by some Catholics and I think that, that is what brings about some confusion in the minds of many, including Catholics. Once again, thanks very much for your explanation.

  8. these are simple excuses to override the clear scriptural comandments of not to make any kinds of idol under the sky.The first century christians were ordinary and uneducated. Stil they didn’t make any idols! They walked by their faith received from jesus’ apostles. They strictly followed the instructions of the holy scriptures which prohibit any kind of idol worship, even the so called veneration of it! Bible is Gods word it cannot contradict its own comandments
    Men on earth cannot change God’s thinking! His principles are not to change by man according to his convenience! The Israel people done the same mistake! They were not able to understand hundreds of messianic prophecies written in their own Hebrew Scriptures and ultimately killed the son of God.History repeated here by false teaching of Human philosophy
    Almighty God has a big plan for obedient mankind -those who really obey his Comandments!

    1. Thanks Francis. Truly, you speak the truth. You hit the nail right on the head. The prohibition of idol worship is not allowed. At all. Ever.
      If I may, how do we worship? Do we worship by prayer and praise? Certainly those are important. But let’s see.
      Catholics worship exclusively God. No other. We pray, we praise, we glorify the Lord, but this is still not worship for us. Worship is the Eucharist. Reflecting the ancient Passover tradition, the offering of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:17-29) is the start of the Paschal offering that is so important to Catholic worship. This is where the actual offering started. Without the Eucharist, Calvary would have been an ordinary Roman execution. Why is the Eucharist important? This is where we share in the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4). This is where the worship in Spirit and in truth that the Father desires from us (John 4:23-24). Prayers and praise and supplication is good, but without the Eucharist, there is a gulf between us and the Spirit. Prayers, praise, and supplication is not worship.
      I agree with you, Francis. Idol worship is not to be allowed.

  9. If there are “boundaries”, there are evil. Evil are so happy because you arguing to each other. No one knows what exactly the right intentions in the Bible, even you said you are sure about it? Yes it can inspire us knowing the LORD love us so much, not to put argumentation my dear Sisters and Brothers. Even before Christ is present people don’t understand Jesus, so to maintain the importance of GOD, all about the works of GOD, etc, Jesus gave His disciples an authority to write what Jesus would tell to them.
    See? Even Jesus died because we are all sinners, still the world surrounded by evils. We can’t stop what was already written in the scripture, we can’t change instantly the world, because Jesus trust to the plan of the LORD, He said no one knows when is the end of the world, even Jesus don’t know, only GOD knows it. Even GOD gave Satan the authority to access in the world, if He didn’t the world be in peace right now. GOD is right and just, He want as to learn good in this world, He don’t want us to argue because of Him, He tested us everyday, even this issue, GOD sees, GOD hears, He never rejected our prayers instead giving the right and best one, He is never too late to answer, GOD is in timing, we have to trust in Him. Only worship GOD, not the image, if an ex-Catholic/s believe/s before that Catholics are worshiping the image or whatever statutes, you also believe that you made them a GOD… True Christians know who they worship, not the image, true Catholics never believe that the image infront of them are their GOD to be worship, but through that image they are always remember when they are in their very down fall in life, looking infront and closing their eyes, giving their heart to Jesus, crying… asking for help, thinking why Jesus so love us that He stand firm in His obedience to GOD because He love, laying on the cross like what in the crusifix. GOD said, do not make any image here on earth or in heaven… GOD said also do not worship. If an ex-Catholic or not an ex-Catholic bowing, kneeling, praying like it is their GOD, it is very wrong, wrong interpretation of the teachings of Catholic.
    Again I am repeating… No one knows what exactly the right intentions in the Bible even it is clearly stated.
    I am a Christian Catholic, still knowing where I belong, even in the first start when I have the mind that follows things, I don’t even remember even once that I worship that image, because I know that is not my GOD to worship.
    Whatever religions we belong, only I can say is know what teachings or traditions you are doing before giving up and going to other religions, do not become a fighter to the past you were been, instead, understand why?
    I have an understanding, it is clear to me that I never worship anything except GOD. By the way, being defensive is not good, I am just sharing what I believe today but hoping be better tomorrow, because I know, looking to other religions is not the answers, no religions can save us but only our own beliefs that we love so much GOD above all things.
    GOD Blesses us and GOD will Guide us always. I love you brothers and sisters. Let us love one another us the Father also love us. ??

  10. i have watched a lot of testimonies of ex NuN and ex Priest over you tube and found out that most catholics don’t read the actual bible they rely on the translations and what the Father and elder says, well we can consider to say coz people don’t know how to read much before and no internet to find answers of our questions, yes you know how to read and you have internet why still rely on someone to say the answer of your question it was on the net , you tube just research don’t let your belief cover by a inherited religion, or i won’t say that religion will save you but your relation with god but its true also that the doctrine of each religion has a big part like of our argument that catholics praised saints and mary like i was heard from a ex nun says , if you have problem play to saint(like that) and if you want blessing play to mother mary, and if you lost something pray to saint (like that) and other more …. pls be informative for your SALVATION , start to watch Catholic History .

  11. The statues and pictures of our loved ones or heroes are crafted exactly on how they looked like in real life. To compare it with the images and statues of our Holy ones(esp Jesus & Mary), none of them shows the exact details of their actual image. That made us stupid enough talking to a creation from a talented craftsman base on their different imagination or interpretation. How long can Catholics be doing this now that everyone knows how to read and write from a decade and centuries ago to present times? I am not really comfortable doing it, are you?

  12. Most of the masses be they Catholic or otherwise do not understand that statues found in Catholic Churches are not supposed to be worshiped as idols. The excuse for having idols is that it helps us remember the person or saint we are thinking about. This can be done by having images instead of idols. I have personally seen many Catholics actually worshiping idols of saints and of Mary the mother of God and even Jesus. If lighting candles in front of an idol and garlanding it is not worshiping it then what is?

  13. It is an obvious breaking of the 10 commandments to make images and use them for worship. Jesus said if we break one commandment we have broken them all: Look: 1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
    2 ” I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
    3 ” You shall have no other gods before Me.
    4 ” You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth…’ Exodus 20:1-4.
    These are not the words of man but the very words of the living God and no church should encourage its people or anyone to break them.

  14. Forbidden? Does the Bible forbid Catholic religious images? NO.
    What the Bible forbids are images of other Gods. “You shall have
    no other Gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol.”
    (Exodus 20:3-5) Catholic images are not other Gods but reminders
    of God and of his Holy Friends.
    God asked moises, “Thou shalt make also two cherubims (Angels) of beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle. Let one cherub be on the one side, and the other on the other. Let them cover both sides of the propitiatory, spreading their wings, and covering the oracle, and let them look one towards the other, their faces being turned towards the propitiatory wherewith the ark is to be covered. (Exodus 25:18-20)
    Holy Trinity pertaining of the baptism and Jesus tells his disciples… ” Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

  15. If it is wrong to ask for the intercessions of the Beessed Mary, then it even abominable to ask your fellow man to pray for you. If then a man of this age could for you for the forgiveness of our sins by God, why can’t we ask the one whose womb bore they Saviour and about whom it said all generations shall called blessed @ Dieudonne. talkJesus said to the disciple the He loves -John, this is your Mother and to his Mother this is your son, at the feet of the cross. Jesus entrusted us to the care of his mother. At the wedding in Cana, Jesus’ time had not come but upon the Mother’s request He performed the first miracle by changing water into the best winr ever wine. This means that when our dear mother Mary prays for us her Son will grant oir request if it is right. God bless us. Amen.
    Pray the holy rosary.

    1. The bible clearly stated that we should pray for each other so there nothing wrong with that. The dead cannot pray for us and Mary is dead and gone to Jesus so she cannot pray for us. I cannot understand why Catholic keep saying Jesus gave Mary to us at the cross when the bible clearly states Jesus gave Mary to John for him to look after her as Jesus wanted her to stay with believers and receive the Holy Spirit.
      Mary also has no power and never did a single miracle her whole life. The virgin birth was not by her power but by God’s power. She was just a tool used by God for His purpose of being Jesus into this world. She being blessed does not mean we must pray for her,that’s no where in the bible. Mary was born with original sin the same like other humans that’s why Jesus was formed in the womb by the Holy Spirit so the ovum of Mary was never used to conceive Jesus because all human sperm and ovum carries the original sin to the next generation. That’s the reason also in the whole bible Jesus never called Mary his mother. In the wedding at Cana, Jesus called Mary women and not as his mother, because Jesus is God and Jesus created Mary.The wedding at Cana also shows that Mary also needs Jesus’s help to do any miracles cause she is powerless. All the people at that time did not know Jesus has power except Mary but once the people knew of Jesus power they all went to Jesus directly for help. No one in the whole bible ever went to Mary to ask for Jesus to help them, so we should do the same and go to Jesus directly. So don’t pray the rosary and read the bible and pray to Jesus and his Father in heaven.

      1. Than… Your mother was just a piece of tool for your Dad…
        Assume that your mother was just a tool for you and your Dad. and than why not, even for your soceity…
        Hope you’re clear now.

      2. Hello Francis. Mary is not a goddess. If so, Jesus would have been born a god. It was important that Mary was human, so that Jesus can be human. That’s why she needed to be “overshadowed” by the Holy Spirit. Because she was human, she didn’t have powers. She didn’t need to. By her humility and acceptance of the will of God, she was said to be blessed among women. Certainly, most men.
        The Catholic Church believes that all men and women who were perfected through Jesus Christ are with Him, alive, in Heaven. Their souls, anyway. So, in a real sense, they are alive. They are called the Church Triumphant. We on earth are called the Church Militant, because we are still on the frontlines against the devil and his minions. There is also the Church Penitent, but that’s another discussion altogether. These groups are collectively called the Communion of Saints. Each pray for one another because each one still lives in Jesus Christ.
        You say that Jesus was not from the womb of Mary? It most certainly is! Think about it, why would God take a shortcut to becoming human? Certainly He could do it. He does have the power. But Jesus had to be human via a human mother to fulfill the prophecies and for salvation history to start. It’s all in Isaiah and the other prophets.
        You are correct, all men and women have the stain of original sin. Picture this, water pours downward a slope. This creates a furrow or canal. Even if you remove the water, the canal remains. So it is with original sin. We may remove original sin via baptism, but the ability (the furrow) to sin is still inherent in all of us. What does this have to do with Mary? You are also correct that a mere human woman cannot contain the Son of God. This is why Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary – that she was conceived in the womb of her mother Anne without original sin nor the stain of original sin. If she had the stain, then Jesus would have the stain, yes? If you will still argue that Jesus wasn’t from Mary at all, then we need to have a lesson in the prophecies of the Old Testament.
        Mary herself acknowledges that she is still human and needed saving. It’s in Luke’s Gospel – the Magnificat. She still needed a Savior. She just got special treatment. That’s why the angel Gabriel referred to her as ‘full of grace’.
        We must allow for two basic Christian principles. First, Jesus said that he came to fulfill the Law. And the Law is the Ten Commandments, among others (like observance of Passover). Many people conveniently forget that Jesus is a Jew, and followed the commandments fully. So he follows the 4th commandment – Honor thy father and mother. Did Jesus honor His mother? Absolutely! By the way, the Hebrew word for honor is ‘koboda’, which, literally translated, means “to glorify”. Thus, Jesus follows the 4th commandment by glorifying Mary. And how did He do it? By assuming Mary into Heaven, where she lives through eternity. Is she alive? Yes, this is my faith. This is why we ask for her intercessions and her prayers, because she is alive in a very real sense. The second principle is the imitation of Christ, which Paul often exhorts us to do. So if Jesus honored Mary, it is imperative for Christians to do so as well.
        I have to ask, do you believe in the Trinity? Three persons in one God? Is God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are the same? If not, then Jesus could not have been the creator of Mary. The creator of Mary is God the Father. Look at the Gospel of Mark. Jesus does not put Himself on equal footing with the Father. But He also says that “I and the Father are one.” This is a matter, not of logic, but of faith.
        You say that Jesus always called Mary as woman. Have you read somewhere that Jesus said, “Woman, bring Joseph his tools!” or something to that effect? I’m pretty certain it’s not in the Bible. You see, the Bible isn’t concerned about the history of Jesus, but of the Good News. That’s why it only records certain events of Jesus’ life. Now, having said that, why woman? You must understand that in the Jewish sense, ‘woman’ connotes a certain importance or ranking. Think, when was the only time that the word ‘woman’ was used to connote ranking? It’s found in Genesis, where God described Eve. This is why the Church describes Mary as the new Eve.
        Finally the rosary. Do you pray the Lord’s Prayer? It’s in the rosary. The Hail Mary is a compilation of verses in the Gospel of Luke. The decades are important events in our Lord’s life. If I love our Lord, how can I not pray the rosary?
        Hopefully this lengthy discourse has cleared some tenets of faith. You may still not agree with them, but it is my prayer that you understand.

      3. Then whats the point of being a Christians if by end of the day you just going to be dead anyway? Don’t you believe that as believer of Christ we also going to be fully alive when we enter heaven? Since Mary and Saints are in heaven, aren’t they fully alive and closer to Jesus and the Father compare to us who is still struggle to enter heaven? If they are dead, what’s the point of entering heaven then? Asking them in heaven who is fully alive to pray for us isn’t it better and worth it?

      4. Is not for John only , Jesus gave as the Mother of the church which is John and all other Apostles her seeds. That’s why it’s afe to leave the Bible to the Catholic Church they are the only one who know how to interpret it

  16. Statues, icons, relics, and such are remembrance tools so that we don’t forget the good examples of those saints who have gone by. No, Catholics don’t believe they are dead, in the spiritual sense. Just as Jesus promised to the thief that he will be in Paradise on that day (Luke 23:43). All who have died in Christ are alive and praising God in Heaven. Paul said that we are one Body with Christ as the Head (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27). Paul also said that we are one in spirit in Christ because we are united to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17). So it stands to reason that because Christ is alive, all who were baptized and have His Spirit are also alive.
    We pray (or request) the saints to pray for us because they can. Because they are alive with Christ. We call this being in communion with the Body of Christ, past, present, and future. Catholics don’t pray to dead things.

  17. The Puritans in New England were the first to institute public education in order for boys and girls to read the bible. Others used statues, stained glass windows and paintings to convey the stories. We have the benefit of all ways.

    1. @davehall, I’m an educator. It sounds like you’ve heard a mashup of the history of education in the U.S. The Puritans who landed at Plymouth Rock and settled Massachusetts enacted a law that required parents to see to it that their children were taught to *read,* so they could read the Bible. Writing was rudimentary, for pragmatic reasons — signatures, recording business transactions, and the like. They didn’t establish schools, they left it up to the parents to arrange schooling. The more prosperous families were able to hire better educated tutors who could teach a wider variety of subject matter. Moreover, prosperous families prepared their children to receive their inheritance, taking over the family property and business. They necessarily trained their children with that aim in mind. The children of more ordinary people were sent to apprenticeships with other members of the community, between the ages of 7-12. This included girls as well as boys. Everyone in the community had a trade. For girls, this might be midwifery, weaving, seamstress or other “feminine” work. Boys had a greater number of options, but the value of the work was no greater. Every member of the family contributed to its support. Apprenticed children were sent to live with their master’s or mistress’s families, under terms negotiated between the parents and master or mistress, often requiring parents to pay a stipend for the initial trades education and room/board. Later, as the child progressed in skill, she or he brought in earnings, from which room/board was deducted, and the remainder sent to his or her own parents. Meanwhile, the parents were also taking in apprentices under the same or similar arrangements. These are the circumstances in which most children were required to learn to read and study Scripture and the Catechism (yes, the Puritans had a Catechism). As time went on, the following generations included a new skilled trade: the Catechism Goodwife. This was a woman who brought many children into her home to teach them to read Scripture and study the Catechism. That was the first type of Puritan “school” in the Colonies. Still later, after the establishment of Harvard Divinity School and Yale, families who had prospered in the New World sent their sons to be educated in ministry, law, and medicine. Most lawyers were doctors and ministers, too. But those who couldn’t finish the complete set of studies, for whatever reason, sought employment as tutors. These mostly came from the least prosperous families. In addition, older children took care of younger children in the home, as well as working on the farm, so not all were sent to apprenticeships, but learned at home instead. Over time, communities saw benefit in pooling their resources to hire a tutor for many families. They sent their children to a dedicated school site. This was the first Puritan “public schooling,” but it was only available to parents who contributed to the tutor’s stipend and upkeep of the school building. The poorest families couldn’t afford to send their children to school, which is why so many were still illiterate in the 1800s — and punished for failing to abide by the law that required them to see to the education of their children! They looked down on the poor and ignorant while exacting burdensome mandates on them.
      But the Puritan “public schools” weren’t the first in the New World — those were established by Spanish and French Missionaries from the 1500s on, for the indigenous peoples. As more colonists came, the schools took in their children too, and they were truly open to all classes, with the more prosperous in the community providing tuition for the poorest. Such schools had already been in existence in the Old World, made possible by greater availability of education materials, including paper and books. Those things were extremely rare until the Middle Ages, making education nearly impossible to attain for more people. Yet even before then, parish priests recognized promising students among the children of the Faithful, and efforts were made to send them to schools run by Religious Orders of Brothers or Sisters. It was these Religious Orders of the Church that perpetuated education through the “Dark Ages” (which, as I learned in history, weren’t “Dark” because of the people or state of knowledge, but because at the time they were named, not much was known of them, mainly because Protestant Lutherans and Elizabethans destroyed the monasteries where knowledge was preserved in rare books that had been painstakingly copied in manuscript by clerics through the Ages. Protestants have little to be proud of in the field of education.
      By the way, the first truly universal public education was made available in the first State Constitution of Michigan, by the efforts of a Jesuit priest and some cooperative Protestant ministers who formed the School Board to establish the University of Michigan as an “irreligious” institution of higher learning (at that time, c. 1834, the term “irreligious” meant “ecumenical,” meaning teachers and students could honor God in their own religious tradition, with members of all religions free to worship according to their consciences). This effort grew into tax-supported, mandated education for all children between the ages of 6-16. Furthermore, the State Constitution required that all children learn to read and write in French or English (that’s the order the languages were listed in the first constitution — French being more prominent at that time). Unfortunately, over time, anti-Catholic bigotry made public schools a toxic place for Catholic children, so Catholic parents preferred to send their children to Catholic schools. By the time of the Baby Boom, there weren’t enough spots for all Catholic children whose parents tried to enroll them, and there was a shortage of teachers, making it impossible to expand the Catholic School System. And then the infamous “Separation of Church and State” rulings fell from the U.S. Supreme Court, opening the door to secularism being taught as the nation’s religion at the expense of Christianity or any other religion. At the same time, the Court ruled that every taxpayer was obligated to contribute to Public Schools only, but never parochial schools. And that pretty much rang the death knell for true education in this country. Protestant education led to secular education. That’s not much of a legacy to be proud of. It’s really a shame.

  18. Images stated in the bible means large cattle such as images of cows, carabao, and etc.. because people before are ignorant they worship images. Image of God is different from those images.we have his image to propagate our faith/belief? How moises used his piece of wood? And how many times he used it? Pls try to find out. It was only a piece of wood. Right? So meaning any religious materials are enough to despairs the devils.

  19. I believe there are passages in the Bible that support, if not condone the use of imagery or representations of The Holy Trinity. Can you enumerate them please as non-Cathoilcs argue that Catholics practise idolatry and imagery and that a God forbids this.

  20. Catholic have Saints in the church, and Christian / baptist don’t have and we debate for this. What’s the difference?and they don’t do sign of the cross.thank you

  21. God is a spirit, they that worship Him must worship in in spirit and in truth. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the father,but by me John 14;6 the Word of God does not require any statue or images and glorifying the saints does not please our God because it is He only that deserves our glory and praise!

    1. Yes, it is only He that deserves our glory and praise! Amen! That is worship. We must pray for one another as we are told. We must love one another as we are told. I will not throw away pictures of my grandparents, although they are dead. I will not destroy statues of dead people. I will ask the saints to pray that I be faithful to Christ unto death, in the hope that I will see the glorious face of our Creator Father.

  22. Thank You very much for this explanation about the statues in our c Catholic Church’s. I have often been asked ” why we Catholics pray Mary and why we have statues in our Parishs. Now Iam equipped and ready.

  23. Idol worship has nothing to do with statues. Idols are things in our own lives that get between God and us. We place more importance on our children, spouses, jobs, money, entertainment, etc…..

  24. Walk by Faith not by Sight..oh holy God i pray that open they heart to see the real you , that you are the only God the creator of everything in this world.. That you gave your Son Jesus to forgive our sins..That he gave his life to us so that we may live . Thank you For everything.. Only your son Jesus that i will follow.. In Jesus name i pray.Amen

    1. Amen, Sister. The Church is community, and we are admonished to pray for one another, that we may all be faithful to Christ unto death. Please pray for me, as I pray for you.

  25. This is so good and i’m happy that i now know the whole answer to this i was in the right track but not all of it, thanks for sharing this with us!!

    1. Philip, the word “pray” means “ask.” A prayer is a request. It was commonly used in Elizabethan English (Shakespeare’s English, and the English that was spoken at the time of the King James Bible). Examples: “I pray thee, Sir…” or “Prithee” (a contraction of “I pray you”). It wasn’t until the 18th or 19th centuries that people began adding “to” — “I pray to you.”
      Worship is entirely different — to worship is to give praise and glory. That belongs only to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All prayers are carried to The Father who hears every request. We Christians pray in the name of the Son. We may ask others to pray for us — I may ask you to pray for me, but I don’t expect you to grant my request, only the Father can do that. I ask Mary, Mother of God, to pray for me, a sinner, now and at the hour of my death, with confidence that the Father hears her prayer on my behalf. I could ask God alone, but the Church is community, and we are told to pray for one another.

      1. Kimberly it’s good to ask someone to pray for u while the person is alive. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life and no one comes to the father except through me . Jesus was in other words that anything u want to receive from God u must pass through HIM not through any other person . if God can hear Mary HE can also hear u. So keep yourself holy and pray by yourself don’t ever ask Mary to pray for u and forgive your sins now and the hour of your death. If u are asking for bread from God always say father bless me with bread in the name of Jesus Christ. If that prayer is made with Faith God will hear you stay blessed. I have seen a Catholic who told me that he prays to Mary every morning and that he is sure that Mary answers his prayers. Is that not a form of idolatry?

        1. Dieudonne, I can see why you would think that it could be a form of idolatry. Yes, Jesus is the way the truth and the life, and no one comes to the father except through Him. But Jesus was also obedient to Mary. Just as God calls us to be obedient to our parents on earth. Idolatry is to worship something or someone as if they were God, but Carholics do not see Mary as God. We see her as the Mother of Jesus. When we ask Mary to intercede for us, she brings our prayers to Jesus and our Holy Father. Then God decides, if our requests are part of His will for us, then it shall be granted. It’s almost like asking your dad if you can go to a sleepover, and he hasn’t given you an answer, so you try to ask your mom, and your mom says, “I’ll talk to your dad and see what he says.” Impatience is a also a gift from God because, if we deal with it in a good way, it allows us to pray more, and asking others to pray for us. Hope that gives you a better understanding 🙂 God bless!

          1. Erika, I was once a Catholic too, I always pray to Mary and put her first before God which was totally wrong. But when i started reading the Bible, God opened my eyes. Please read the Bible.
            The article says that they made statues because people cant read before. Well i think everyone can read now. So again i ask and beg everyone to pls. read the Bible, if you are really for Jesus and really want to know the truth.

          2. Rose, its sad that you once a catholic and never anymore. If you really can read bible, you should find that Jesus only founded His Church upon Peter. In John, 3 times Jesus asked Peter to be the sheperd of His flock.
            I’m sure you also could find the story of Marriage Party in Cana, when Jesus said that His time has not come yet. But Mary told the servants, “do whatever He tell you to do”.
            Mary is not between us to Lord. She is with us and remind us to do whatever Lord tell us to do.
            And certainly she is closer to Lord than any of us. Because she has been chosen to be the Mother of Lord Himself.
            Read the Revelation, and you’ll also find that God gave the sign to John: a woman clothed with the sun. Please carefully read especially chapter 17.

          3. If you are saying that Mary can hear the prayers of all Roman Catholics, multiple Roman Catholics, praying at the same time. Are you tell me then that Mary is omnipresent? She would have to have that quality to accomplish such a task. If you are telling me Mary is omniscient, then you are saying she has a quality of God. Mary has qualities assigned only to God? Were does it say so in the Bible.

          4. Hello Stephen. Thanks so much for your comments regarding the Mother of our Lord. It’s thru discussions like these that make us understand one another, even if we agree to disagree.
            With regard to your remarks regarding the spiritual existence of Mary, we have to first allow ourselves to understand what are the qualities of God. In Exodus 3:14, God said, “I am who I am.” Here God declares that He is God, omnipresent and omniscient. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus thus declares that salvation is only possible with God thru Him. In Matthew 12:30-32. Mark 3:28-30, and Luke 12:8-10, the sacredness of the Holy Spirit is absolute and blasphemy against the Third Person of the Trinity is an unforgivable sin. So these are the qualities of God that I understand to be of great importance.
            Catholics believe that Mary went to heaven. We can prove this via Scripture if we read Revelations. I don’t just refer to Revelations 12:1-17, but I refer to Revelations 11:19. You see, we believe that the entire being of Jesus is the New Covenant or the New Testament. So it stands to reason that whatever contained the New Covenant is the New Ark of the Covenant. I can think of no better candidate than Mary, who contained and carried the New Covenant for nine months.
            Now that we have established that Mary is in heaven, we need to figure out the characteristics of people who have ascended to heaven. I’ve often been asked, “Do good people go to heaven?” The answer is always no. Good people never go to heaven. Only perfect people go to heaven. As Jesus said (Matthew 5:48), “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” So if Mary and the other people are in heaven, they must be perfect in God’s grace. But what makes them omniscient and omnipresent? The quality of Heaven itself. Heaven, by reason of it being eternal, is omnipresent. So, from someone in Heaven, past is present is future. Does that make sense? Even for me, a Catholic, it is something out of metaphysics or cosmology which I truthfully try to avoid looking more into 🙂 . In any case, since Mary is perfected and is in eternal Heaven, she must be omnipresent. I do doubt she is omniscient. In any case, the Church has never made that claim. Also, Mary said in John 2:5, “Do what He tells you to do.” So that implies that Mary also needs to guide us to Jesus for the answers we seek.
            In no way does Mary or the saints in heaven assume the absolute qualities of God, as stated above. They cannot, we cannot, and we will all not, because we cannot assume heaven without God. Please understand, Mary is the Mother of our Lord. And by that, she becomes our Mother in the most reverential and spiritual sense.
            I hope that by this wonderfully long reply, I’ve answered some of your concerns. God bless you!

          5. Erika, I pray to our Father in Heaven, in the name of His Holy Son, Jesus The Christ, our Lord and our Savior, that He allows your eyes to be open to His Truth, for what it really, truly is. Please, don’t think I’m judging you in any way shape or form. For I am not at all. But, the reason I am replying to you, it’s because I honestly felt it deep in my heart to do so, to give you some insight into the Word of the Living God, The Holy Bible. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that impatience is a gift from God. Or that it even comes from Him. On all the contrary. Because, “patience” is one of the gifts from the fruit of the Spirit. Meaning , The Holy Spirit.

        2. No, it isn’t a form of idolatry at all You must remember that Mary is the mother of Jesus, making her the mother of God and the best Intercessor for us. God listens to her so we ask her to intercede for us. We pray to God, we honour and worship Him. We do not pray to Mary, we ask her to pray for us. Thus ; “Pray for us O holy Mother of God, That we maybe made worthy of the promises of Christ .

      2. @Kimberly thank you for the eloquent explanation! You are indeed very correct. To pray is to ask and not to worship. All those who claimed they were once Catholics and prayed to Mary are also right! We pray to Mary to ask for her intercession with her son whom we worship as the second person of the Trinity! Catholics DO NOT worship the Holy Mother Mary rather, we venerate her with prayers of intercession as she always has the ears and heart of her son our Lord Christ! Remeber the wedding at Cana when she asked her son for a miracle and He begrudingly granted her the request even though He made it known to her that His time has not yet arrived! Catholics only worhsip the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit!

  26. I actually had this argument with my colleagues yesterday at the office concerning this statues they believed we worship. Wished I read these before now but is all good nllo knowledge is a waste. May the good lord continue to use you to educate us…God bless you

  27. The statue of Jesus or Mary or the saints is not worshipped. However, we honor and show the respect due to them in same manner we respect and honor the parents. How? By kissing, hugging, touching, kissing the hand, bowing, curtrying, genuflecting or kneeling or other gestures based on one’s tradition, culture, and custom.

  28. This is the orthodox, solid and routine explanation of Roman Catholic and other followers’ of Jesus, reverence for images. Images of Jesus aside, sometimes the exhuberance of people gives the impression that folks think that images possess spiritual power worthy, not just of simple “reverence,” but of reverence approaching “Worship.” The word “Worship” is used only in reference to the Blessed Trinity: Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit. When the Name of Jesus or images of the Blessed Trinity are displayed few and far between the images and statues of the hundreds of the great followers of Jesus called “Saints,” it’s only natural to think that somehow these saints are gods.

    1. Hi there Franklin, I’m a finalist student at the faculty of Relgious Studies, may I ask the reference of this article so I can add something in my thesis? I’m writing about Jesus, image in the Asian Pasiffic Cultures
      God Bless you

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