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I have to admonish you also. If you are spreading false
teaching about the Gospel message then you may be
aligning yourself, unknowingly,
with those who are against Christ.
Dear R;
First I want to applaud you on your dedication to the work of the Gospel. I admire anyone
with as much zeal for the Lord as you.

But I have to admonish you also. If you are spreading false teaching about the Gospel
message then you may be aligning yourself, unknowingly, with those who are against Christ.

As to your question; "Why do Catholics worship statues?".

The answer should cover many points.

First there is no Catholic Church teaching that says we should 'worship' anyone or anything
but God alone. In fact the teaching of The Catholic Church is the opposite, it is, that we
worship God alone.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC]:
CCC 2132 The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment
which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype,"
and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it." The honor paid to
sacred images is a "respectful veneration," not the adoration due to God alone:

Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but
under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement
toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is.
[End Catechism]

Since you did not make it clear in your question, I will assume that your misunderstanding of
the teaching of the Catholic Church on this subject stems from;
Exodus 20:4  "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"

As stated above, "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it." Does
this make sense?

Remember when God admonished the Israelites not to make a graven image there was no
likeness of God to follow. Once Jesus was born His followers were then able to make a
likeness or image of God.

Also, God could not have meant the statement literally. God tells the Israelites in another
place to make; "any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above"; Exodus 25:17  "And thou
shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and
a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of
beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19  And make one
cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall
ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 20  And the cherubims shall stretch forth
their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one
to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be." or, "in the earth
beneath"; Numbers 21:8  And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and
set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh
upon it, shall live. 9  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.

God was telling the Israelites not to worship "false gods". Exodus 20:3  "You shall have no
other gods before me." Do not make an image other than what I am telling you to make,
other than what will give Me honor.

Today at Christmas many people have a "creche" in their front yards, as an expression of
their Christian Faith. A representation of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, The Holy Family in their
front yards is not against God's commands.
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