=khmsct99;11960173]As a current Protestant, we are taught not have have any idols, statues, or anything similar since it is apart of the 10 Commandments.
However, when I see statues and photos of Jesus or Mary… I am not sure what to think.
When they say idols, statues, etc. What does it mean to have it of Jesus or Mary?
The only thing at my church that we have of a “photo” is just a list of the Ten Commandments. I never see any photos or statues of them.
My friend, it is the Holy Spirit who has led you to ask this very prudent question.
It is NOT the object; but the intended use of the object that makes an item a FLASE IDOL
Anything that can point one in the Direction of the One TRUE God is good; and everything that is aimed at competing with Devine Worship is bad.
is this a biblical teaching? Yes it is:D
1 Chr. 18 “for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD”
Exod.25: 18, 20 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.  The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be
Num.21: 8-9 And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and
IN EACH OF THESE GOD IS PERSONALLY MANDATING THEIR CONSTRUCTION AND USE. AND EACH IS AIMED AT LEADING ONE TOWARDS GOD. Amen!
Thanks fort asking,