How do I deal with the Statues vs Idols argument?

Need some ammunition. My wifes church group meets at our house every so often for bible study. They are Christian non-denominational from the Phillipines. Good people whom I love, especially the pastor. Well last night the whole argument of Catholic idols reved up. It was humorous to watch as they trully twisted what was being said by all everytime I made a valid point, To give a good example of what was thrown at me., “don’t even start creating religious art because it will lead to idol worship,” In the end I posed the question, “If I enter the Sistine Chapel and suddenly realize my insignificance and evil self compared to God by looking up at the painting of God reaching out to man, am I sinning by praying to God for forgiveness?” I was giving a flat out “yes” since the painting, an idol, prompted me to pray. Heheheh! How do I deal with these people? I do not worship any statues and pray to the saints to join me in prayer. These people, including my wife, hear what they want. Thanks so much. God bless all.

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Recommended Reading:

]**The Intercession of the Saints (Fathers)**
]Praying to the Saints
]Saint Worship?
]What is an example of idolatry?
Carving statues and Images

]* Where are statues and saints in the Bible?**
]* Where does the New Testament allow for graven images?**
]* Do Catholics Worship Statues?**
]* Verse by Verse: Statuary**
]* Statues of Limitations by Tim Staples**
]* Second Ecumenical Council of Nicaea (787)**

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