Relics and statues

 
  1. BulletCatholics do not worship Statues


  1. BulletRelics of Holy people have been known to effect cures and miracles throughout history.



Objection – You Catholics worship Relics and Statues


Catholics do not worship relics or statues. We believe and know this from Ex 20:4-5 where the prohibition of the worship of statues is expressively forbidden. Catholics worship God only. The issue of the relics and statues arose due to the reformers attempt to remove anything “papist” all the while condemning it as worship. 


Relics


Catholics do however, treasure relics because many miracles and cures have been attributed to them in the past. In 2 Kings 13:20-21 we know that contact with Elisha’s bones restored life. In the New Testament, Peter’s shadow was sufficient to bring about cures in Acts 5:15-16


“[15] Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that when Peter came, his shadow at the least, might overshadow any of them, and they might be delivered from their infirmities.

[16] And there came also together to Jerusalem a multitude out of the neighboring cities, bringing sick persons, and such as were troubled with unclean spirits; who were all healed.”


Likewise cures were brought about with contact with the apostle Paul in Acts. 19:11-12


[11] And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles. [12] So that even there were brought from his body to the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the wicked spirits went out of them.”


It is note while also that the practice of veneration of relics has been practiced by Christians and non-christians alike for centuries (See below).


Statues


Regarding statues Catholics use statues (and images) to remember the Holy people they represent; Jesus, the Angels and the Saints.  Why do we have a picture of a deceased one at home or even someone alive?  To remember them of course, during our busy schedules.  Why do most Christians have nativity scenes during Christmas? Again for the same reason. Likewise Catholics use statues to call to mind those they signify, except its done all year around. To condemn Catholics for their use all year around while Protestant and Catholics likewise use nativity scenes at Christmas is simply hypocritical. It must be remembered also that God does not forbid the making of statues and imagesHe only forbids their worship. As proof of this we read in Ex. 25:18-19


[18] Thou shalt make also two cherubims of beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle. [19] Let one cherub be on the one side, and the other on the other.”


Here Moses is given specific instructions to make two cherubim’s. In Num. 21:8 we likewise read that Moses made a bronze serpent and put it on the pole on the Lord instructions. In 1 Kings 6:23-29 and 1 Kings 7:25-45 we read of the temple being engraved with cherubim, trees, and flowers, and oxen.


Where can I learn more about past relics related to Christianity?


Read Joan Carroll Cruz book “Relics: The Shroud of Turin, the True Cross, the Blood of Januarius...History, Mysticism, and the Catholic Church (Paperback)”.


Questions:


Can you prove that God specifically prohibits the making of statues and the veneration of relics?