Catholic Idolatry


Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God. — Leviticus 26:1

What is going on in the image above?


4 thoughts on “Catholic Idolatry

  1. fyrbyrd80 says:

    Cute. Out of context… but cute.

  2. Hello, again! I think I might be able to help you out with this image.
    You are absolutely right! The Bible does say that idolatry is gravely sinful. Good thing this picture does not show idolatry! In the Catholic religion, it is common practice to create religious statues and other art work that help the person praying to focus his/her mind on his/her prayers to God. Imagine trying to lift up your human spirit to a Supernatural Being when there are a million earthly things around you distracting you and bringing you back down. As humans, this would be difficult! We’d get distracted while we prayed!
    And so, in order to combat this distraction, Catholics may place religious artwork, stained glass windows, or statues near a site of prayer, so that when we do start to look around, there is an image that can help us to concentrate on our meditation and prayer to Christ. This is also part of the reason we incorporate singing and incense into some prayers. These things bring our other senses into our worship of God and help us to become more reverent and focused on Him.
    The people in this photograph are not bowing down to this statue and are not praying to this statue. The people in this photograph are praying to their Lord and Creator in Heaven. This statue is helping them to focus on doing that! They may even be invoking the intercession of the saint depicted by the statue. That means they are asking the actual Saint in heaven (again, not the statue representation) to pray for them to Jesus Christ, just like you would ask a friend down the street to pray for you! Essentially, the only Being being worshiped and glorified in this photo is Jesus Christ! Thanks, and have a great day!

    • holyirony says:

      Exactly the thing that Hindus, Buddhists, and many other religions frequently branded by Christians as idolatrous could say.

      As far as not bowing down to idols are concerned, the Muslims have that done right – they forbid all representations of animals, people or plants in their places of worship.

      You are free to justify it anyway you like. but to an outsider, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and tastes like a duck, it IS a duck!

      Don’t forget, many other Christian variants don’t use statues to “focus their prayers.” Maybe they are less prone to distractions?

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