Statues Of Puerto Rico; Art or Worship?
As my beautiful wife shows me the amazing land of her ancestry, I am in awe at the beauty that surrounds me. God made Puerto Rico a paradise. The palm trees and the oceans, the rainforest and mountains just take my breath away. There are many artists here selling their wares on street-corners and in the main area of San Juan where tourists roam after getting off one of the cruise ships they embarked on for a 3,5 or 7 day Caribbean cruise.
What has really caught my eye are the many statues. So many forms of statues. I have taken some pictures of some of them. You can see them at the right. These are just a few, there are many, many more.
Bible Scriptures on Statues
Exodus 20: 4-5
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: 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
Exodus 34: 13
But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves
Deuteronomy 12: 3
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.
Almost, if not every, pueblo you enter has a statue of some kind to represent that pueblo or town.
I must say as a Christian, this does bother me. Yes, art is neat and cool, but...
Look at the Bible verses on the right.
Yes, anywhere you go you will find statues, but I must say that I have never been anywhere that has the amount of statues that Puerto Rico does.
I wrote a hub not long ago about a religion that is practiced here and in Cuba and in other parts of the world; Santeria. They are known to worship inanimate objects and give alms to them. I wonder how many of their statues or carvings have actually spent the money or eaten the food they have placed before them.
It is my duty as a follower of Jesus Christ to let you all know that building statues is not of God. He wants our worship and our undivided attention.
Many of these statues seem harmless, but really are they. There are others that depict some evil in my eyes.
I am praying; praying against evil forces inhabiting this island paradise. I am praying for a revival here like no other.Let God's power overwhelm Puerto Rico and let the Holy Spirit just flow freely.
God has a plan here and I believe Puerto Rico is one of the "front lines" in the good/evil battle. I believe there are Angels and Demons fighting over this small island and the people here 24/7. Your prayers can help. God hears the prayers of righteous people, so I ask you now; at this very moment, please pray for the spiritual needs in Puerto Rico. Please pray for all the people here and pray against the evil forces trying to cause chaos and upheaval in this magnificent island between the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean ocean.
I pray that if God is angry with some or all of these statues, that He destroy them be it with a storm or however He chooses.
Let God reign in glory and power and I will worship Him all my days!
I also pray that any statues in this whole wide world that He is displeased with would also be destroyed.
May Satan be defeated and all of God's foes be banished from misleading mankind. I pray all this in the name of the mighty and powerful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ our King!
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2011 Greg Boudonck
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