I stumbled upon this site today and it greatly alarmed and frightened me. Not that I haven’t heard arguments like this before (I spent time in evangelical Christianity after hearing the gospel preached in a manner I did NOT while in the Roman Catholic church – in school, during the 50s and early 60s), but this particular page really worries me. It states that the commandments have been changed by the Roman Catholic church and that we are committing idolatry by creating images of saints, Jesus, etc.; the thing that alarms me is that there does seem proof by comparison with original commandments that the RC church HAS changed the wording.
If we pray to saints, especially referencing “graven images” before us, aret we idolators? If we pray to saints, aren’t they dead? Does there having been beatified somehow justify going against the commandment not to consult the “dead” for any purpose? AND…while on this topic…since these saints ARE no longer living, and since there appears to be proof that they ARE “interceding” on our behalf and that miracles have been performed (I take this on faith since I don’t know the history of every single saint and I don’t know what miracles most of them supposedly performed to merit sainthood) and there is definite proof that psychic mediumship DOES give information about things in a person’s life that no one would know and that this does NOT harm but rather brings many people TO God, and closer TO God (something that would not happen if Satan were to be the source of this information) – then isn’t this prohibition absurd? I realize this is a lot to ask in one question but frankly yesterday I went to a site on the commandments and what is mortal sin and it appears to me that we are ALL in a perpetual state of mortal sin since some of the things listed are done, to one degree or another, by everyone in the course of daily life (i.e., using obscenity: how many people use “curse words” when they get angry in traffic or are frustrated? MANY and there’s no intention to blaspheme at all.) We’re told in scripture that fear does not come from God. I’m now TERRIFIED because it appears to me that I am in a constant state of Mortal sin (from this URL: beginningcatholic.com/catholic-examination-of-conscience.html
This FEAR thing is what drove me from the RC church to begin with. Life is hard enough without walking around constantly terrified that “this thought” is going to send me to hell! Why would God create creatures in order to torment them and expect them to abide by these apparently man-made “rules” regarding heaven or hell as the final destination – KNOWING that VERY FEW would go anywhere but hell? Far too many contradictions, all those “councils”, all these rules, NONE of which appear in scripture. I thought EVERYTHING had to be said by JESUS Himself. NOWHERE do I see Him saying most of the things found in these rules and regulations. So where do I go with all of this?