This is MAKING IMAGES.
The Catholic Council of Trent declares that: "It is lawful to have images in the church and to give honour and worship to them. ... Images are put in churches that they may be worshipped."
The Oxford dictionary defines an idol as: "An image used as an object of worship. A person or thing that is the object of excessive devotion." An Idolater is a devoted admirer of idols.
Answer: What does the Bible say about images and idols?
1. Exodus 20:4, 5.
a) 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.
b) Thou shalt not BOW DOWN thyself to them.
c) Nor SERVE them.
If you make any graven image you’ve broken this commandment, whether you worship it or not.
Question 1: Do Catholics MAKE graven images? Yes.
Question 2: Do Catholics KNEEL down to statues of Mary or Jesus? Yes.
Question 3: Do Catholics SERVE Mary? Yes, as in "Legion of Mary."
2. Leviticus 26:1.
a) "You shall make you NO IDOLS nor GRAVEN IMAGE.
b) Neither rear you up a STANDING IMAGE.
c) Neither shall ye set up any IMAGE OF STONE in your land to bow down unto it."
Question 4: Do Catholics rear up STANDING IMAGES? Yes.
Question 5: Do Catholics set up any IMAGE OF STONE? Yes.
3. Deuteronomy 4:16. "Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and MAKE you a GRAVEN IMAGE, the similitude of ANY FIGURE, the likeness of MALE or FEMALE."
Question 6: Do Catholics make graven images of MALE or FEMALE? Yes.
Mary is a female. Jesus and the apostles are males.
4. Deuteronomy 16:22. "Neither shalt thou SET thee UP ANY IMAGE: which the Lord thy God HATES."
Question 7: Do Catholics SET UP ANY IMAGES? Yes.
Question 8: Does God HATE IMAGES? Yes.
5. 1 Thessalonians 1:9. "How ye turned to God FROM IDOLS to serve the living and true God."
Question 9: Did the early Christians turn FROM IDOLS? Yes.
6. Deuteronomy 27:15. "CURSED be the man that MAKES ANY GRAVEN or MOLTEN IMAGE, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place."
Question 10: Does God put a curse on any person that makes any image? Yes.
Question 11: Why does God call an image an ABOMINATION? Because He hates it.
7. Isaiah 40:18,19. "To whom then will ye liken God? or what LIKENESS will ye compare unto him? The workman melteth a graven image"
Note: God has no visible form and we cannot liken him to any material object.
The Catholic answer is that they say that they do not worship images. God's reply is not to MAKE IMAGES.
8. The early Christians had NO IMAGES.
Early Christian writers such as Irenaeus, Clement, Cyprian, Athanasius, and Jerome, wrote strongly AGAINST images, statues and any manner of prayer or veneration regarding them. The Council of Constantinople in 381 AD voted unanimously to remove all images from the churches.
9. The Catholic church removes the second commandment against MAKING graven images from the list of 10 Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. This presents them with the problem of only having 9 commandments. They resolve this problem by splitting commandment number 10 into 9 and 10 as follows:
9. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.
This is seen in the book "A brief summary of the Ten Commandments" by the Daughters of St. Paul, p.12,13:
WHAT ARE THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD?
The Catholic Catechism The Bible
The Commandments of God are these ten:
"I am the Lord your God:
1. You shall not have strange Gods before me. 1. No other gods.
[omitted] 2. No Graven Images.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord 3. Don’t take God’s Name in vain.
your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's day. 4. Keep Sabbath Day Holy.
4. Honor your father and your mother. 5. Honour Father and Mother.
5. You shall not kill. 6. Don’t Murder.
6. You shall not commit adultery. 7. Don’t Commit Adultery.
7. You shall not steal. 8. Don’t Steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness 9. Don’t bear False Witness.
9. You shall not covet your neighbour's wife. 10. Don’t Covet.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour's goods." Exodus 20:1-17.
The number Two Commandment should be “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” 20:4
Check your Catechism to see if they have left it out.
Question: Why do you think they left it out?
10. Every Catholic institution has images of Mary, Jesus, male and female figures.
An example of this are two statues at the French Papal Palace of Avignon, one of Jesus about 10 metres above ground level, and the other is an enormous statue of Mary, much larger, grander and higher up than that of Jesus. This gives greater honour to Mary than to Jesus. It also clearly breaks the second commandment forbidding making images of things in heaven.
Question: Who do we believe, the Word of God or the Catholic Church?
"We ought to obey God, rather than men." Acts 5:29.