[quote="disneyfan1206, post:1, topic:325092"]
I was reading in the bible that Our Lord commanded that the Israelites shouldn't offer incense to idols. Now i know at mass sometimes the priest will incense statues. Are we breaking this rule? Or is the incense a sign of reverence and not a sacrificial offering. I just wanted clarity of this
My my, So how did you arrive to the conclusion that the statues in the Catholic churches are "idols"? :confused:
An "idol" is a FALSE GOD, like the greek zeus or the roman Jupiter or perhaps the egiptian horus, they made statues of these "gods" and people worshipped and offered sacrifices to them.
The statues and or icons in the catholic churches are representations of our fallen heroes that have gone to Heaven and we hope to join them and we certainly do not worship them nor offer sacrifices TO them.
We pray (Which means "ASK") to the Saint that is in Heaven to intercede for us with the Allmighty much in the same way I could pray to you to also "pray" for me.
So I am asking for YOUR intercession as St. Paul said.
And by the way the priest incenses the altar, the church and the faithfull, he is representing the prayers and worship of the Church and sending the smoke to GOD just like it is shown in revelation.
Hope this clears any confusion :thumbsup: