The Photographer is the artist, the camera is a tool.
The camera does not know where to stand, what to shoot, how to frame it, or how to imagine. The camera is under your command at all times.
That is not to completely discount the value of a good camera. The difference between a photo taken with a crap camera and a great camera is almost always technical and almost never artistic. You can take a brilliant picture with a Polaroid from the 80's but it will never live up to the technical specifications of a modern camera. Those are technical differences, not artistic.
A camera does exactly what a tool should - it assists the photographer in a mechanical way.
When people say, "wow your camera is awesome!" it is typically because they don't understand what photography is. They are thinking on a basic level, "the camera takes the picture." Don't take it personal. Or, you're talking to someone who is making a specifically technical remark about your photo.
Don't be discouraged. Don't feel robbed. Be empowered by knowing the answer to that question.