Why do Catholics Idolize religious figurines when is clearly stated in The Ten Commandments not to?

Q: Why do Catholics Idolize religious figurines when is clearly stated in The Ten Commandments not to?

4 ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.

5 ‘You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God and I punish a parent’s fault in the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren among those who hate me;

For those who don’t mind explaining facts to me, the 4th commandment states:
” ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth. ”

So why have it in your church or home?

A: Jesus perfectly fulfilled and set aside the entirety of the old law. Then on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit presided at the birth of the Church, which replaced it.

No more Old Covenant. No more Old Law.

The Beatitudes are to the New Covenant what the Ten Commandments were to the Old Covenant.

New Covenant Christians are now under grace … not law. And that’s a good thing, too … because the law was never capable of saving a soul.

Old Law – Fulfilled and Set Aside By Jesus Christ

Thanks to Jesus, New Covenant Christians know precisely what God looks like,  so there’s no danger of our worshiping anyone or anything else.

Also, please note that in Old Testament times, God commanded many types of graven images to be made and used, for his own sacred purposes.

Since Jesus remains the head of the Church, and he personally gave the Church the power to bind and loose, on earth and in heaven, it was long ago officially decided that sacred art and statuary pose no obstacle to the authentic Christian faith.

In fact, sacred art and statuary have been used for practical catechesis, since long before the average citizen was even able to read.

Thanks to the Catholic Church, every Christian now has a very good idea what Jesus really looks like … while Jesus himself remains the flesh image of a heavenly thing … something which apparently breaks God’s very own commandment.

Go figure!

4 Comments

  1. Colossians 3:5 is in the new testament. you guys should read it!

    • Dear dame,

      Therefore if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead: and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ shall appear, who is your life, then you also shall appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is the service of idols. For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief. In which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. (Colossians 3:1-7)

      Once Jesus Christ, who is God, took on flesh and became man, he became the human image of a Heavenly thing. At that moment, the worship of graven images (by Christians) became so unlikely as to become moot, for who would choose to worship a lifeless statue once they knew the Lord of Life himself … the one, true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob … Jesus Christ?

      You should really go back and thoroughly read the article … including the linked material.

      Doug

  2. “No more Old Covenant. No more Old Law.”

    LOL, very clever way to misguide people into disobeying laws. It’s not even about making pictures and all that jazz, but IDOLIZING it , not only what they are suppose to portrait. One picture is more holy that another, this cross is better, that carved idol is holy etc. etc.

    You should know that making figures and pictures was never against the law, read about insides of BCE synagoges, with herubs on the walls. It’s all about IDOLIZING man-made stuff, which catholics are doing with passion.

    • You missed the whole point. On the first Christian Pentecost the Church officially replaced the old system of things. From that moment on, according to the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority that Jesus personally gave his Church (binding and loosing, on earth in heaven … along with the Keys to the Kingdom) the New Covenant Church would be the only definitive path to salvation. The time for all the old laws, statutes, ordinances, feasts and rituals was over. They never had the power to save a soul, anyway.

      The New Covenant Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, headed by Jesus Christ himself, and paid for with his blood would now be the sole governing authority for every Christian … and things would remain that way until the end of time.

      Sorry if you don’t like it … but that’s the way it is!

      Doug


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