Suffering

There is a bit of an issue in my heart that keeps coming up time and time again in my family.
– My family is Catholic and has statues everywhere. Saints, mother Mary, Joseph etc… I do know they are wrong and are idols.

-Question: Would I be wrong in thinking carvings and statues of Jesus is wrong as well? As we know God said in the old covenant to moses that: “‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–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.’ Emphasis on heaven.

– I know they are wrong and want to be rid of them. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my family, no doubt about it! However, I don’t like to be around all of their idolatry.

– SO! What would you all do? I love God and want to follow his 2 new covenant commandments, how do I follow them in this situation?

(Writing this has also made me realize I should just be praying and asking God for this answer) Duh…

What do YOU think?

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  1. MelodyCat says:

    If it isn’t your house and you don’t have the authority to get rid of the statues then it isn’t your problem.

    I was raised in an Eastern Orthodox home with Saints plastered on the walls.

    I ignored them and I certainly didn’t bow down in front of them or pray to them.

    When you pray, do as Jesus instructed the disciples when they asked “how should we pray”. Jesus answered “Our Father who is in Heaven, “.

    Read your Bible and pray to the Lord. Pray for your family.

    Don’t worry about the statues or any other religious stuff in the home. They are only idols if you make them idols. They have no power over you personally. Since they don’t belong to you they are not your sin.

    My family still have their paintings and pictures of various Saints when I go to visit them. I have my own house now that I have left them and I am married. My hubby and I are both Chrsitians and honour the Lord by not having any kind of religious wall decorations, crosses or statues or pictures in our Home. We do have some favourite scripture verses in decorative frames that we display in the hope our visitors may read them.

    Don’t take on guilt for living in a home with religious idols. God put you in your family and He is fully aware you are Saved and His.

    Cheers
    MelC

  2. Joshuagm1991 says:

    If prayer is worshiping than they might have an issue.
    I can think of a few that I have been taught..
    – St. Michael the archangel defend us from battle, protect us from the wickedness and snares of the devil…Etc
    – St. Anthony, St, Anthony, please come down, something is lost and needs to be found
    – Hail holy queen, mother of mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope…

    Kneeling down to Mary is something I see in my family as well. Is that worship?

    If none of these are idolatry, what is?

    “so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.” deuteronomy 4:16
    Old covenant commandment: “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in HEAVEN above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below” deuteronomy 5:8

  3. bornagainbytheblood says:

    Joshua – They’re not idols unless you worship them. God is Spirit, and we must worship Him accordingly, in the spirit. Obviously, however, one would not want to keep images nor carvings of false religions around, e.g., islam, buddhism, etc…

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