Catholics claim they do not worship Mary... and yet there is a whole Marion doctrine directed to the worship of Mary. My sil and my husband's cousin both openly worship and admit to worshipping Mary. They firmly believed that Mary is co-redeemer with Christ.
A few Catholics who post here deny that they do such things, and perhaps they do not. But, overall, Catholics do.
There is doctrine dedicated to Mary but not to her worship. Because we don't worship Mary.
The problem really is that there is a general confusion among many people about what actually constitutes worship. Biblically, worship always involves sacrifice. Protestantism abandoned sacrifice as worship, and so abandoned worship. Now "worship" has been relegated to raising hands up, singing songs, praising God, and also "prayer" is seen as worship.
If worship involves kneeling or bowing, then how come so few Protestants kneel or bow? If singing songs and raising hands is worship, then how come that didn't happen in the NT when God walked among them?
Protestantism has firmly rejected the co-operation of God's people in the salvation of others, at least in principle. In actuality they practice it even though they reject it. But the reality is that God intended to make people co-operators in bringing salvation to the world. Whether it is by preaching the word, or producing Bibles, or administering sacraments such as baptism, people are co-operators in the plan of salvation.
This co-operation is entirely reliant upon and subjected to the one Redemptive act of Christ. And it is in THAT sense that we as Catholics speak of Mary as co-Redmptrix. Co- in the sense we use it doesn't mean "alongside" or a "stand in for" as perhaps one might see "pilot" and "co-pilot". The use of "Co-" originates from the Latin "cum" which means exactly what I have stated in the first sentence in this paragraph, as far as being "co-Redemptrix" is concerned.
They have been accused of having idols... the Catholics here say they are not. But, the ones seen in the Catholic churches and the homes of Catholics fall under the description idols in God's word. The 2 ft statue of Mary in my sil's house on display in a place of honor so her "Mary club" can come over every week and bow down and pray to the statue in her living room... falls under "Idol".
Actually, no it doesn't. You ignorantly think that it is the same as the OT idols which were forbidden. But in those days, people actually believed that the statue itself possessed Godlike power
. And that is altogether different from the usage of statues of Mary or any of the saints.
Statues aid devotion through symbolism and help us as human persons connect emotionally and mentally with the spiritual realities that they represent. They are like pictures of our loved ones who have passed away. If I had a picture of my grandpa and I talked to it, what rational person would think that I was attributing the ability to listen and respond to some picture. NO ONE. The same goes for statues. We use the statues as a tool to help us meditate on something. It's an emotional connection to the intangible. Not a spiritual connection, mind you, but an emotional one.
I think evangelicals would like to pretend that our humanity is something to be abhored and suppressed. That is perhaps the problem here. Humanly speaking, having statues to point to spiritual realities help us within our humanity. And that is perfectly fine, because our humanity is not separate from who we are as persons.
The Catholics here openly admit to infant baptism which in no way so far has had any proof of it in the Word of God. It's a pretty ceremony, parents do to an infant, but it has no purpose in the Christian walk, per they even say themselves that they grow up to be sinners and have to come to a spiritual awakening and seek a walk with him. Which validates the principle that protestants practice by waiting for baptism until the person has had their spiritual eyes opened and gotten saved.
There is a ton of proof of the salvific nature of baptism in the Bible which evangelicals do somersaults to deny. One aspect that is a major problem for them is that, within such theology, there is a huge problem when it comes to children. They have to claim that children are saved to make people happy, but in so doing they have to admit that children are saved completely apart from Christ
. But no one seems to bat an eye at that PLAIN FACT.
They do keep a graven image of Christ on the cross at all times when Christ has not been on the cross for 2,000 years and never will be again. They confine him to the cross keeping the people always at the crucifixion and never looking toward eternity Victorious with Christ.
Hardly confining Jesus to the cross, Jesus comes to us body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist, the real resurrected Jesus alive and truly and substantially present. The cross helps us remember that we are called to be like Jesus and take up our crosses each day, with humility, two truths which have absolutely no place in Evangelical belief or practice. Which is why it is so scandalous to see Jesus on the cross.
They preach a purgatory place that does not exist in scripture at all. Bending a scripture (1 scripture) that is solely about a testing by the fire of the Holy Spirit that will happen in an instant, making it into the place where Catholics will be held until they are good enough to get to Heaven or unless someone pays the money to have the prayers said to let them out early. Usually done on the anniversary of the death of the person trapped in purgatory.
Scripture is full of references to purgatory. It is implied all over the place, and it even makes complete sense rationally. Further you have no clue of what you speak, or intentionally and willfully distort it. If it is the former then that is preferable for your own soul on the day of judgement.