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 on how it can be done. Please use necessary precautions:
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 (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 reads 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.
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 neither 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, Mary being 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:
“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.”