My faith sustains Jesus as the Christ, a Savior and Redeemer. However, great care is taken in such worship. We do not display crosses or statues in our chapels. People are easily reigned in to idol worship which is counter productive to one's own progress.
It general, Catholics/Christians worship: An idol (statue) An idol (a book) & A man (who, yes, did those great works and made the sacrifice for them. And commanded them NOT to worship him.)
Then again, so it is with all religions, To worship/idolize something is to put it between you and Creator, even for a second, causing a division. This means ANYTHING made by Creator or by man, be it objects, thoughts, emotions, what have you. It is all idolatry.
Islam worships the Quran Judaism worships Torah Buddhism worships golden pagoda statues, etc.
This is Babylon.
And includes the equation side also:
intellectualism/education (the mind) atheism science mathematics
Yeah, I thought so, too. I'd completely forgotten that He said not to worship Him, but His Father. Oh, no, now we're going to get all kinds of people saying, "I thought they were the same personage". As a preemptive disclaimer, don't ask me. I don't know.
You're right about that. It's interesting the thrill athiests get from arguing with christians. Kind of goes against their own belief of no belief. More of them are actually anti-religionists,but that isn't as PC.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God.
Isn't this great! That's the key to religious tolerance and understanding that I constantly preach about. I believe that Jesus Christ is resurrected in perfected tangible flesh and bone. Aside from that doctrine we do have common ground - Jesus Christ in whatever form we choose to believe him to be. Variety in belief and concept is good in my opinion. I thank you for your statement.
I believe that he lives in a perfected form of flesh and bone and resides at the right hand of the Father who I believe is also of perfected flesh and bone. Tabernacles of flesh and bone were denied those who chose the path of Lucifer in the war in heaven before the world was. I believe that physical bodies are essential to eternal progress and so we all, who chose Christ as our Savior before the world was, took on bodies in this life in order to progress and return to the presence of the Father.
Not starting an argument but just stating my personal faith.
Well, it is like the pictures of my children that hang on my wall. I love my children. The pic and statue is like that. I love Jesus. He can't be destroyed. The pic and statue can be. They are just statements saying we love him.
I meant to make that point too stilljustwonderin because I was just wondering I really like many images that represent peace or strength , like doves, fire, etc. so yes I agree those decorative ornaments or adornments are statements of either belief or beauty, or even an expression of enhancing an environment.
However when any thing or image becomes adored or made sacred,this is what I understand the Lord to be against as expressed via the Commandment.! The statue or image as we all know is not a living thing, therefore on its own is no more than plaster or stone , however when we adore or make it like a 'god' hearts then yes God has a made it known how he feels about that .
I agree. The cross sitting on the top shelf of my computer desk, the angels scattered around, are decorative. The cross, a statement that I do believe in Jesus and a gentle reminder of what he has done for us. I don't worship it. That decorative ornament can be destroyed. Jesus can't be.
Yet those very things are what draw the attention away from Creator and increase the lust of the eyes, thoughts, images in the mind.
It is from an object -image- that caused Adam to do what he did. He was lured by things around him, listened to another voice and took his focus off the Creator for an instant. The result, he created an illusion within himself that he was naked, afraid, ashamed, separated, powerful on his own, unworthy, etc etc etc. Setting him on a course straight to his own demise. He chose to put those things (natural, supernatural, mental) between he & Creator. That was the sin: choice. Choice is the ULTIMATE idol.
I would say the Catholics are more guilty of this type of Idolatry. Their cathedrals are often full of idols. True christian doesn't even endorse worshipping a crucifix. It's an emblem of torture,no different then the rack,or an iron maiden.
I agree with this. At least, that Jesus is Spirit. I too see the Cross as a statement and symbol of Christianity, a symbol of remembrance of His sacrifice and resurrection. The vacant Cross, not a crucifix. Hallelujah He is risen! I don't have any statues and neither do the church/churches I frequent. I have owned pictures before that represented the likeness of Jesus, but those are similar to the Cross, a reminder of His Love.
words of wisdom, schoolgirlforreal, as a Catholic I have never worshipped a statue, nor do I worship anything except My Lord God Jesus Christ. As a Catholic I may ask Mary Queen of heaven to ask her son Jusus Christ to help me,I am still praying to Jesus not Mary or any other saint or person. As a Catholic I was taught to worship God.Never any statue, not even a statue of Jesus Christ. I conclude my prayers with Amen , never Amary God bless
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