[quote="Erick_Ybarra, post:1, topic:306368"]
I saw this video taken in Mexico concerning the Catholics and their veneration to the Virgin Mary.
I wanted to begin this thread to the purpose that someone can give a reason for such a high faith in the Virgin Mary with respect to salvation. How can Catholics defend the charge that it condones worship of the Virgin Mary, which would be idolatry.
The Jewish people were adamantly against images and statues being built to pay homage to anything but the LORD Yahweh.
This is the modern day dictionary definition of the term:
wor·ship [wur-ship] Show IPA noun, verb, wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or ( especially British ) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.
reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.
adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
the object of adoring reverence or regard.
( initial capital letter ) British . a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His, or Her ).
That would be 'veneration' of Mary. Not worship.
There is a difference between veneration and worship in Catholic terms. Worship and Adoration is reserved for God only.
Catholics do not worship Mary. Sometimes it doesn't matter how many times we tell non-Catholics this, they will choose to believe what they want to believe.
Idolatry would exist if you worshipped and believed in your heart that a person, or a tree, or a bull, a carving, statue or flower was an actual God. Catholics do not believe Mary is a God.
God doesn't have an issue with statues, rosary bead, candles etc as long as it aids in the worship of God which is why Priests consecrate and bless items which are used for worshipping God.
I cannot speak for the Jews of today, maybe one of our Jewish friends on CAF can enlighten us.
I do know that the God ordered the OT Jews to build an Ark made of the finest materials, the purest gold, with Cherubs etc. It contained the stone tablets of the 10Commandments, Manna and The Rod of Aaron the High Priest. It was used as an aid for worship. Only the High Priest could enter the sacred area, others were struck down.
That Ark above was the Ark of the Old Covenant, Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant.
Mary bore the Jesus: The Word made Flesh, The Everlasting High Priest, The Bread of Eternal Life and the New Covenant.
The short video below explains Mary role best.