=Macjoe83;10042177]Exodus 20:1-15 ESV
And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, ...
If the bible clearly mention about idols, why do we have statues like mother mary and other saints ? Sorry if my question offend some..
A Very GOOD question, BUT not a new one.
There is dear friend only One INFALLIBLE RULE for right understanding of the Bible.
NEVER-EVER; CAN, MAY OR DOES, ONE PART OF THE BIBLE MAKE VOID, INVALIDATE OR OVERRIDE ANOTHER TEACHING OR PASSAGE
Were this even the slighest possibility [it's not:)] the bible would be wortless to teach or learn ones Faith.
HERE WE FIND GOD HIMSELF COMMANDING MOSES TO DO WHAT YOU FEEL HE PROHIBITS. HOW CAN THIS BE?
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 [ANGELS] 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 live.
The answer friend lies is the REASON, the purpose for the statues, stained glass ect.
IF, as do the images in the Catholic Faith WORK to LEAD us towards God; then, like the images commanded of Moses; they are good and acceptable to God.
Are they "absolutely necessary"? Of course NOT! But they are termed "sacramentals", because, while they are not a sourse of grace themselves, THEY ARE things that DO lead us towars God's grace. Amen!:thumbsup:
ANY OBJECT designed to compete with God; is by God's defination an "IDOL" to be avoided.
I pray this answers you're question?