First let me say, I don’t post this to be antagonistic whatsoever. I’m genuinely interested in the answers. I realize that the Catholic Church doesn’t teach that it is ok to worship anyone other that God, and the latria/dulia distinction.
The commandment says: You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments
So how do Catholics understand the words bowing down? Is it ok to bow down (kneel) before a statue as long as you aren’t worshipping it as God? And how do you understand the prohibition of images?
Thank you in advance!