וואָס וועגן סטאַטועס?

An image of a crucifix by CatarinoSeeing Catholics kneeling in prayer before images of Jesus and the Saints causes some to fear that Catholics are committing idolatry, but that fear is based on a misguided interpretation of Exodus 20:4.

עקסאָדוס 20:4 doesn’t prohibit the making of images, פֿאַר אויב, but worshipping of the images as gods (see Exodus 20:5).

Consider that God Himself ordered the Israelites to make statues of cherubim for the Ark of the Covenant and a bronze serpent mounted on a staff (זען עקסאָדוס 25:18-20, די Book of Numbers 21:8-9, אָדער די First Book of Kingס 6:23 & 7:25).

While the Israelites revered these objects, they did not worship them for they refrained from offering sacrifices to them. (The molten calf of עקסאָדוס 32:5-7, אָבער, to which sacrifice was offered is another matter!)

The fundamental difference between a devotional image and an idol is that the former is considered to be a picture of God or a holy person while the latter is actually thought to be (and worshipped as) a deity. No right-minded Catholics believes a statue or fresco or painting or jpeg is God.

Catholic religious images are merely reminders of God and the Saints, which are helpful in prayer and worship. אזוי, to repeat, no Catholic worships the actual images or statues as gods, but we do appreciate the beauty that artists, who have been divinely inspired, have created for usmany which grace these pages.