The word of God says :
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. (Exodus 20:4)
Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.(2 Kings 18: 1, 4-7)
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent(Acts 17:29-30)
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God(Exodus 20:5)
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.(Numbers 21:9)
What Catholic ministers in the figment of their imaginations say:
Catholics use the holy images, paintings and other artistic devices to recall persons or things depicted. “Just as it helps one to remember one’s mother or father by looking at her or his photograph; images also help Christians to recall saints by looking at their pictures or statues,” The Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga
Houses of worship are abodes of God. Icons of saints are highly venerated because of their closeness to God. Religious images, thus, help us to approach God’s beauty; stir us into a sense of wonder and deep emotions of holy joy. It is through such works of art that finite humans express their thirst and search for the infinite. Holy Scriptures too are images of God’s speech. God forbade the worship of images, but he did not forbid venerating them for his greater glory and honour. Instead, he actually commanded their use in religious contexts. During the plague of serpents sent to punish the Israelites during the Exodus, God told Moses to make a statue of a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole so that whoever was bitten and looked at it with faith would be healed. We need them in today’s climate of secularism. Msgr J.W. Katende
A Former catholic says :
As a faithful Catholic, and later as a nun, I practiced Mary worship for many years without realizing it. The prayers and practices were so familiar. They were taught to me by good people, sincere people that I trusted. I prayed rosaries and wore a scapular and engaged in other “devotions” which I honestly thought were good and pleasing to God. Because of my lack of knowledge of the Bible and of Church history, I honestly had no idea that I was actually worshipping Mary. If modern Catholic teachings and doctrines about Mary are true, then they will not be contrary to Scripture, the writings of the Early Fathers, or the decrees of past popes. For a devout Catholic to question these issues and put them to the test can be painful. It certainly was for me. However, it would be far more painful to have God correct us when we face Him on Judgment Day. Mary Ann Collins (A Former Catholic Nun
The watch man says:
These images the Catholics worship are simply figments of their Imagination and therefore a lie. That is why the statues of Mary can be black , white , yellow etc. These statues of Mary do not resemble and therefore they depict different Marys. None of these people who make these statues knows how Mary or Jesus of the bible looked like. If mages and pictures help Catholics to reflect on Jesus Christ Himself and his saints just as one would look at a picture of his or her beloved one or parent and vividly remember as if that person was still living. How can an imaginary image help you to recall some body whom you do not know how he or she looked like. If Icons of saints are highly venerated because of their closeness to God, how can a human imagined image have any closeness to God. How can someone’s Imagination of how my great grand father who lived 600 years ago help me to vividly remember that person as if he is still living. These catholic priests claim to be logical but a close scrutiny of their arguments reveals incredible ambiguity and fallacious reasoning. They are of their father the devil who was a liar from the beginning and abode not in truth because there is no truth in him(John 8:44).
For example the statement,’’ Religious images, thus, help us to approach God’s beauty; stir us into a sense of wonder and deep emotions of holy joy’’ from Fr.Katende is unscriptural , vague, ambiguous and therefore meaningless.Kizito Michael George
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Publish Date: Sep 19, 2012
A pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where religious images feature prominently, calls for a sound appreciation of God’s commandment against the making and worshipping of images (Ex. 20:4–5).
Ironically, the Holy sites are, primarily, images of the presence and marvels of God. Mt. Sinai is the Mountain of God; great prophets like Moses and Elijah encountered him there.
It is the site of the 10 Commandments.
Jerusalem is the City of God and home to Jews, Christians and Muslims. A prayer in the Tomb of Jesus marks the climax of the pilgrimage.
Houses of worship are abodes of God. Icons of saints are highly venerated because of their closeness to God.
A story is told about the famous French poet, playwright and diplomat Paul Claudel (1868-1955) who, having entered the Basilica of Notre Dame in Paris on Christmas Day in 1886 on research against Christianity, gained faith after listening to the song of Mary, known as the “Magnificat”.
His heart was touched and his soul elevated.
Religious images, thus, help us to approach God’s beauty; stir us into a sense of wonder and deep emotions of holy joy.
It is through such works of art that finite humans express their thirst and search for the infinite. Holy Scriptures too are images of God’s speech.
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They have inspired humanity to form cultures, religious symbols, signs, poems, songs and icons! They were initially written in ancient languages whose alphabets were iconic; endowed with capacity to communicate the beauty, truth and power of God.
God forbade the worship of images, but he did not forbid venerating them for his greater glory and honour. Instead, he actually commanded their use in religious contexts.
During the plague of serpents sent to punish the Israelites during the Exodus, God told Moses to make a statue of a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole so that whoever was bitten and looked at it with faith would be healed.
Early in its history, Israel was forbidden to make any depictions of God because God had not revealed himself in a visible form.
Yet, given the pagan culture surrounding them, the Israelites might have been tempted to worship God in form of some natural object.
But later, God did reveal himself under visible forms. God forbids idolatry because it is a perversion of man’s innate religious sense.
An idolater transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God. Otherwise, works of art that are born of faith do enhance faith.
We need them in today’s climate of secularism.
The writer is the Episcopal Vicar for Kampala in charge of public relations
Catholics do not worship statues—Lwanga
Publish Date: Apr 16, 2012
The Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has clarified that Catholics do not worship statues, but instead use them to reflect on their saintly life and behaviour.
He said Catholics use the holy images, paintings and other artistic devices to recall persons or things depicted.
“Just as it helps one to remember one’s mother or father by looking at her or his photograph; images also help Christians to recall saints by looking at their pictures or statues,” Lwanga said on Sunday.
The church leader was showing hundreds of followers parts of the remains of Sr. Faustina Krakow of Poland, the witness of the Devine Mercy which were brought from Poland by Rev Fr. Achiles Mayanja.
Fr. Mayanja, the administrator of Lubaga Cathedral, had just returned from a pilgrimage in Poland, the the home country of the late Sr. Faustina.
Lwanga declared Rubaga Cathedral Parish the home of the Divine Mercy in Kampala Archdiocese and urged believers to make an effort there and reflect on and venerate Jesus Christ.
The prelate was at Lubaga Cathedral during a holy mass to celebrate the day of Divine Mercy (Jesus Christ) on which he conveyed God’s great message through Sr. Faustina Kraków of Poland to the world.
The message was a revelation of the pattern of Christian perfection based on trust in God.
Faustina, who is now a saint, was born on August 25, 1905 in Gogowiec in Poland in a religious peasants’ poor family and she died at a tender age on December 5, 1938. She was the third of ten children.
Throughout her life, she reported a number of visions of Jesus Christ and conversations with Him, which she wrote about in her diary and was later published as a book diary titled Divine Mercy in My Soul.
Lwanga said the use of images of Christ and the saints in the Catholic faith is misunderstood by many. “It does not only show their lack of knowledge about the use of these items, but also ignorance of what the Bible says.”
"The people who accuse Catholics of adoring images should consult those who are knowledgeable in their respective religions before making such criticisms and other comments about the Catholic Church and other peoples’ religions,” he said.
He gave an example of a Ugandan woman singer who sarcastically sang a song titled Nsonyiwa Father , which according to Lwanga, belittles and despises the Catholic religion as far as the Sacrament of Penance, is concerned.
“Why do some people find pleasure and pride in despising other peoples’ religions?” Lwanga sounded firm.
The prelate stressed that images and pictures help Catholics to reflect on Jesus Christ Himself and his saints just as one would look at a picture of his or her beloved one or parent and vividly remember as if that person was still living
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His justification was clear: “God has never banned the religious use of statues.”
The function was attended by hundreds of Christians from 54 parishes that form the Kampala Archdiocese.