Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 year ago

Doesn't the bible condemn the use of "graven images" as idolatry? Then how come they are so prominently displayed in RC churches and rituals?

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago
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    True. There are too many verses to list on not making idols, using idols...etc...

    Turn ye not unto IDOLS, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God. - Leviticus 19:4, KJV

    And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. - Psalm 106:36, KJV

    The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. - Psalm 135:15, KJV

    Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: - Isaiah 2:8, KJV

    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. - Exodus 20:14, KJV

    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. - Leviticus 26:1, KJV

    Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, - Deuteronomy 4:16, KJV

    Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. - Deuteronomy 4:23, KJV

    7, Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 8, Thou shalt not make 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 waters beneath the earth: 9, Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto 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, - Deuteronomy 5:7-9, KJV

    Neither shalt thou set thee up any image;8 which the LORD thy God hateth. - Deuteronomy 16:22, KJV

    Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen. - Deuteronomy 27:15, KJV

    Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? - Isaiah 44:10, KJV

    Every man is brutish7 by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. - Jeremiah 51:17, KJV

    They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. - Isaiah 45:16, KJV

    That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. - Ezekiel 14:5, KJV

    Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves1 from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. - Ezekiel 14:6, KJV

    As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. - Ezekiel 20:39, KJV

    I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. - Ezekiel 23:30, KJV

    ¶ Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. - Ezekiel 36:25, KJV

    Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. - 1 John 5:21, KJV

    Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. - Hosea 14:3, KJV

    But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble:16 for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah. - Jeremiah 2:28, KJV

    I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. - Isaiah 43:11, KJV

    An IDOL defined: an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. [2] hero, heroine, star, superstar, icon, celebrity, celebutante

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  • 1 year ago

    The bible does not condemn the use of graven images. It condemns the worship of graven images.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Numbers 21:8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

    9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

    Next, tell me about Exodus 25.

  • 1 year ago

    Actually the Bible is fine with art... worshipping statues is a no-no. Decorating with them is fine.

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  • 1 year ago

    More than that, the Bible condemns Roman Catholicism..

    Why do you think the Roman Catholic Church kept the Bible from the people for hundreds of years persecuting to death those that sought the Bible?

    At the cost of much blood the Bible was made more freely and widely available and the power and control of the RCC diminished considerably.

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  • 1 year ago

    Professional Appolgist:Tim Staples, answers...

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  • 1 year ago

    Because there were influences outside Christianity that brought them in with them. And all you need over the centuries are scholars who are rhetorically skilled at justifying nearly anything, until you end up with all those garments, rituals, gestures, sub-doctrines, legalistic rules, Purgatory, etc.

    And that can be tracked!

    Prayers for the dead – 300 AD

    Making the sign of the cross – 300 AD

    Veneration of angels & dead saints – 375 A.D.

    Use of images in worship – 375 A D.

    The Mass as a daily celebration – 394 AD

    Beginning of the exaltation of Mary; the term, "Mother of God" applied at Council of Ephesus – 431 AD.

    Extreme Unction (Last Rites) – 526 AD

    Doctrine of Purgatory (Gregory I) – 593 AD

    Prayers to Mary & dead saints – 600 AD

    Worship of cross, images & relics – 786 AD

    Canonization of dead saints – 995 AD

    Celibacy of priesthood – 1079 AD

    The Rosary – 1090 AD

    Indulgences – 1190 AD

    Transubstantiation (Innocent III) – 1215 AD

    Auricular Confession of sins to a priest – 1215 AD

    Adoration of the wafer (Host) – 1220 AD

    Cup forbidden to the people at communion – 1414 AD

    Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma – 1439 AD

    The doctrine of the Seven Sacraments confirmed – 1439 AD

    I'm convinced a 3rd century Christian wouldn't recognize the Roman Catholicism of today. So much changed doctrinally.

    Source(s): bisexual Christian
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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Catholics are idolatrous. They’re condemned.

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  • Michze
    Lv 5
    1 year ago

    The bible is a fairy story written by humans.

    El, Yahweh, Semiramis, Rhea Silvia, Miriam are images and statues.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Yes. Exodus 20:4,5 says idolatry includes “anything that is in the heavens”, so that includes Mary, who they worship, pray, and kneel to.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    At the risk of some users mistaking me for a Christian, the command was issued during a time when humans quite literally worshipped statues, not the beings they symbolized.

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