What does God want people to do with these graven images?
But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. Deut. 7:5
Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. Micah 5:13
And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Deut. 12:3
The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. Deut. 7:25
Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: Num. 33:52
A demonstration of how it can be done:
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
3And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.…
1One day in a place where Jesus had just finished praying, one of His disciples requested, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2So Jesus told them, “When you pray say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.…
13 When you cry out,
Let your collection of idols deliver you.
But the wind will carry them all away,
A breath will take them.
But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land,
And shall inherit My holy mountain.”
Deuteronomy Chapter 4
16 Lest ye corrupt [yourselves], and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 The likeness of any beast that [is] on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that [is] in the waters beneath the earth: 19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, [even] all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
Exodus Chapter 20
4 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:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;
Leviticus 26:1 – 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.
Acts 17:29 – Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
Romans 11:4 – But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal.
Idolatry, according to Webster, is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.” Carrying around Mary idols, bowing down towards Mary idols, burning incense for Mary idols, and praying to Mary idols is IDOLATRY by definition. The very definition of worship according to the Bible is to bow down. So when Roman Catholic idolaters are bowing down, no matter how they try to justify it, is IDOLATRY.
◄ 4352. proskuneó ►
proskuneó: to do reverence to
Original Word: προσκυνέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (pros-koo-neh’-o)
Short Definition: I worship
Definition: I go down on my knees to, do obeisance to, worship.
◄ 7812. shachah ►
shachah: to bow down
Original Word: שָׁחָה
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (shaw-khaw’)
Short Definition: worship
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
a prim. root
to bow down
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1 Timothy 2:5
“5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
In 1917 the “demon” calling itself Mary spoke these words:
“Only I can help you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God” (Read it here for yourself).
These words are in direct conflict with the Word of God that was spoken out of the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself!
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.“
If that entity was really Mary the Mother of Jesus, she essentially called her Son and Saviour Jesus Christ a liar! By saying that “Mary” is the “Only one that can help you” is actually saying quite bluntly that Jesus Christ the Saviour of the World cannot and will not help you! This is blatant antichristian teaching.”[Source]
Matthew 13:55-56 “55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?”
Matthew 12:46-50 (also in Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21) “46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Not one Bible verse reads one should seek to have a relationship with Mary, directly come to Mary, do anything for Mary, love Mary, or pray to Mary.
But there are numerous Bible verses that read one should seek to have a relationship with Jesus, one should directly come to Jesus, willing to do everything and anything for Jesus, to love Jesus, to directly come to Jesus, and to pray to Jesus.
The Roman Catholic pagan demonic idolatrous cult that is deceiving many will teach otherwise, but God’s word stands and will never pass away.
The Bible focuses on Jesus. How does one’s relationship with Christ affect his position before God?
Gal 3:26- “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
1 John 5:12- “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
Should a Christian come directly to Jesus?
Matt 11:28-30-“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
John 5:39-40-“You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life.”
John 6:35-“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 6:37-“All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”
John 6:44-“No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him”
John 6:45-“Every one who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.”
John 7:37-38-Now on the last day, the great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water'”.
John 12:32-“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
John 14:6-Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”
Heb 13:13-let us go forth to him [Jesus] outside the camp…
1 Pet 2:25-For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd [Jesus] and Overseer of your souls.
Can one know Jesus personally?
John 14:21-“I [Jesus] will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”
John 17:3-“this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”
Phil 3:10-that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings…
How much should a Christian love Jesus?
Matt 20:37-“He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
Eph 6:24-Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible.
Phil 1:21-For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
What must a Christian be willing to do for Jesus?
Matt 16:25-“whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.”
Phil 3:8-Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ.
How close of a personal relationship should a Christian have with Jesus?
John 14:23-“We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.”
John 15:4-5-“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me…apart from me you can do nothing.” (Compare with Isaiah 60:21)
John 17:23-“I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.”
Rom 13:14-But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh…
1 Cor 1:9-you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Cor 6:16,17-“The two will become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit.”
2 Cor 12:9-I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2 Cor 13:5-Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you…
Gal 2:20-I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Gal 3:27-For as many of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 4:6-And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
Gal 4:19-My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!
Eph 3:16-17-that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…
Eph 4:15-we are to grow up in all [aspects] into Him, who is the head, [even] Christ.
Phil 4:7-And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Col 2:6-As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith.
Col 2:10-in Him you have been made complete…
Col 3:11-Christ is all, and in all.
1 Pet 3:15-sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts…
1 John 1:3-our fellowship is with…His son Jesus Christ.
Rev 3:20-Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.
Is it proper to pray to Jesus?
John 14:14-“If you ask Me [Kingdom Interlinear] anything in My name, I will do it.”
Acts 7:59-60- “And they went on stoning Stephen as he called upon [the Lord] and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” And falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” And having said this, he fell asleep.”
Acts 9:14-“and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon thy [Jesus’-vs. 17] name.”
Acts 9:20-21- “and immediately he [Saul] [began] to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all those hearing him continued to be amazed, saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and [who] had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?””
Acts 22:16-“Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His [Jesus’] name.”
Acts 22:17-19-“And it came about when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying…I saw Him [Jesus] saying to me…And I said ‘Lord…'”
Rom 10:9,11-13- “confess Jesus as Lord…For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed”…the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.””
1 Cor 1:2- “to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their [Lord] and ours:”
2 Cor 12:8-9- “Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
1 Ti 1:12- “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me…”
Rev 22:20- “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
According to the scriptures, God is a jealous God, so why would He want people to pray to or worship or venerate other people? It is written He will not give His glory to another nor praise to graven images (Isaiah 42:8)
If you truly believe the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church, I challenge you to show the doctrines and practices of Rome can be found in scripture or prior to 300 AD in early church father writings.
There is no Biblical support for Mary being the mother of the church, the co-mediator or mediatrix (CCC 969), the immaculate conception of Mary, that Mary didn’t have any children after Jesus, that we should bow before statues or images, praying to saints, that Mary brings us the gifts of eternal salvation (CCC 969), and Mary delivers souls from death (CCC 966).
What the Bible reads about idolaters:
Rev. 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
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Did You read the Gospel according to Saint Luke ?
“Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee” : Luke 1, 28
“Blessed are You amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb Jesus” : Luke 1, 42
“Mother of God” (Yes, because Jesus Is God and remains God even when he comes into the humain nature),
“pray for us sinners” (we are all sinners),
“now and on the hour of our death, Amen” (we are only asking here a prayer !)
Concerning sex with Saint Joseph, the acknowledgement of the miracle-based arrival of Jesus through Mary undoubtedly prevented both of them to accept lust in their lives even after Jesus was born. If they had sex after, it would mean that their religious conscience were so pagan, which is not the case.
Concerning John the Baptist, even though he is the greatest son of a woman, only Mary is said to be “full of grace”, and it is said by an Angel, meaning, by God Himsel delivering a message through His Servant Saint Gabriel.
Concerning “Mediatrix”, “co-redemptrix”, and so on : we catholics exagerate concerning the “concepts”, but regarding to the theological and catechesis understaning, we clearly know that only Jesus is the Mediator. No catholic will put Mary at the same level as Jesus. But it remains true that “all generations will say She is blessed (Luke 1, 48).
Concerning the events of Fatima, it is only an optionnal teaching, because catholic official sources for teaching are only Tradition, Bible and Magisterium.
Nota Bene : Hatred of Jews is the work of the devil, especially when the Jewish person is the mother of the Messiah. Mary.
The more You hate her, the more you feed both hatred in you and the hatred of the devil against the woman who obeyed totally to God, an achievement that Eva could not do.
But this is not demonic possession from You, I hope it is only a theological mistake.
I agree with the counterclaims of Concorde Theologale, except for this part:
“Concerning sex with Saint Joseph, the acknowledgement of the miracle-based arrival of Jesus through Mary undoubtedly prevented both of them to accept lust in their lives even after Jesus was born. If they had sex after, it would mean that their religious conscience were so pagan, which is not the case.”
Although there could be lustful sex (oral sex, sodomy, etc.) between a married couple, natural acts such as intercourse between them are not lustful, but holy. In fact, the Bible talks about it being sinful for a married couple to withhold sex from each other. That being said, one could argue that, considering God Himself came through Mary’s womb, she and Joseph were Spirit-led not to have sex. Perhaps their “union” was an exception because Mary was the human vessel for Jesus’ birth. In other words, given her office/role, maybe their union simply involved hand holding, hugging, cheek kisses, and other types of intimacy besides sex.
As for the visual rhetoric earlier showing people revering statues, the author asked, “Can you see the difference?” Obviously, it was meant as a rhetorical question since it was followed up by, “Me neither.” However, I can see the difference. In the depictions on the left, the people are paying homage to gods/deities that have no connection with Jesus Christ. Conversely, those on the right are reverencing the mother of God via what I believe Catholic tradition calls a “sacramental.” It’s interesting that many protestants have no issues about falling to their knees in prayer before a crucifix because it symbolizes/reminds us (believers) of Jesus’ sacrifice, yet they get livid over Catholics falling to their knees or bowing in front of Mary statues because the sculptures remind them of Jesus’ “blessed” mother and the virgin birth of our savior.
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I agree with some things on your site is good .. but I dont agree what you writing about Virgin ..in old testament they had too arch of testament -there was angels on arch of testament and ppl was pray to arch ?was idolatry ?in arch of testament was god words ,was manna and hight priest ,them Virgin Mary born word of god ,manna and hight priest ,,who is Woman from relevation ?why Jesus call him mother woman ?why in exodus :And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel…Mary is woman -jesus tell her woman for reason,,.
Just a clarification. JESUS is the only way to the Father. All Catholics agree. But who do we turn to when we are struggling to have that relationship with Jesus? As a mom of boys, I appreciate that Mary, as a HUMAN BEING, and a mother, went through the trials of motherhood. The saints went through the trials of humanity as well. These humans managed to live in this world of darkness and despair and fight the good fight, and win. Which is what we remember when we pray to them. When I say a rosary, I’m not really focusing on the words. (“hail” is just a way of saying “hello” by the way). Except for the word “Jesus” at which I bow my head. On each Hail Mary, I am actually focusing on something that happened in her life. The first mystery is the Annunciation, so I focus on Gabriel coming to her with God’s plan, her concern for her gift of virginity, her “Yes” to God, and (this is where I bow my head) the moment God became man. We remember and reflect upon the very human situations she faced later in life, her torments and sorrow when men tortured and abused and killed her son…how she somehow found strength through that. Because I am on a similar journey as a mother. To raise my boys to live out the mission of Jesus Christ. To be good, holy men! I sort of need a REALLY good role model for that! So in no way am I praising or adoring the Blessed Mother. I am reflecting on her life so I can model it and make the choices necessary to help get these kids to heaven!
God gave Adam a female counterpart. As women/mothers, we have our own very different, yet equal, role in this battle. Our role is to support and nourish and care for the strong warriors who are out there in the field. As Mary supported and nourished Jesus’s humanity. So is it REALLY demonic to ask her for help?
We don’t bow to Mary at church, btw. Her statue is a reminder to the moms at church that Mary was a mom, too. When we are in the middle of The Confiteor, trying to humble ourselves and repent before God, and the baby’s shoe goes flying into the next pew, we are able to look up at her and REMEMBER: Mary had to teach her son the rules. Mary had to clean dirty diapers. Mary helped Jesus with His sandals (which probably weren’t flying around the temple!). When I am able to look at the image of a holy person in times of temptation (in this case impatience), it is better than allowing myself to focus on an evil, demonic image. And we all know they use that impatience as a doorway. When I look at the statue of Mary, I REMEMBER to put things into perspective and make the right choice as I struggle with the impatience. Just like we have alarms to remind us of the time, we have images as reminders/prompts to make good, holy choices!
The saints work the same way. One saint I appreciate is Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine. She prayed her son to heaven! And in the world we live in, where it is virtually impossible to keep the filthy outside from taunting the beautiful children God gave us, I remember that she succeeded through persistent prayer. She was human, and despite her son’s upbringing, she persisted in prayer and helped him on his journey to heaven. So I don’t worship her, I learn about her struggles, how she faced them, the choices she made, and her other “battle tactics”. And I try to remember those if I’m in similar situations with my kids. And I ask her to pray for me, just like I ask my friends in faith to pray for me. Her soul is good, her soul is still there….so why can’t she pray for me?
Mary is “full of grace”, but isn’t going to bestow a single drop unless it is God’s Holy Will. And since God doesn’t owe me a thing, including hearing my prayers for graces, why can’t I just ask Mary to ask Him for me? You mentioned in the sleep paralysis article, who are we to ask for protection?! Right? That implies humility, which is why I ask a person better than I am to present my prayers before God. I am not good enough! I am a sinner! I doubt my imperfect prayers, requests, and adoration bring much pleasure to God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit. So maybe if she asks, God will grant the request or accept the offering for HER sake.
I know “Jesus is merciful and HE will get you back to God”. Yes. He is the only bridge between us and God. But Mary and the Saints get us to that bridge. Because that’s a difficult path to navigate! My relationship with Jesus is slowly evolving. I was a loss for how to approach Him. He is my King and Savior, so “friend Jesus” isn’t an option. He isn’t “Father”, because that’s my relationship with God. “Teacher” is tough, because the most memorable coaches and teachers in my life were women, and older than myself. It’s hard to grasp that one when you are the same age as Jesus was at the end of His earthly existence. “Brother” also lacks reverence, at least to me. Soooo how do I have that relationship??? It wasn’t until I ever-so-briefly read about Saint Therese of Liseux of the Child Jesus that I was able to find something that worked. Which is also Scripture relevant and that makes it more comfortable. I must go to Him like a child. And so I’ve got the bridge in sight. But there was no way I would have made that revelation or gotten to it without the help of His mother or the saints.
SOME PEOPLE do worship Mary and the Saints. Which is wrong. It is not unexpected, though. Man has twisted and perverted all the good that God created since the beginning of our creation. It stands to reason we would find a way to twist and pervert a relationship with Mary and the Saints into worship and idolatry. So that’s a point to remember as well.
This youtube video presentation answers very many questions to the ones struggling to understand the meaning of IDOLATRY, its differences, be done with it, forsake it, repent it, resist it, neither give place to the devil nor his campgrounds….and run to the Hands of Jesus Christ!
If you really want to make the devil feel at home in your life then YOU ARE A DEVIL’S CAMPGROUND!
Accept the Lord Jesus today…time is running out…
My people perish for lack of knowledge. Go through all the book of old testament you will see virgin Mary . She is not only our spiritual mother also mother of God. For women you should know that virgin Mary is your Redeemer and savior
Incorrect. I hope you repent of such a blatant unbiblical belief.
Why are we running away from the truth. In the first generation God made woman from rib of Man , in second generation God made man from a woman. What is the big deal? A woman redeemed a woman and a Man redeemed a man. The idea that Jesus redeemed both man and woman is not true, Jesus is a man that has the attribute of Man so there is no way he could have redeemed woman because that is against divine order.