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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

May images be used simply as aids in worship of the true God?

The Scriptures provide the clear answer: 

Isa. 42:8: "I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven images." (ASV)

John 4:23, 24: "True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: that is the kind of worshipper the Father wants. God is spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth." (JB) Those who rely on images as aids to devotion are not worshiping God "in spirit" but they depend on what they can see with their physical eyes.

2 Cor. 5:7: "We walk by faith, not by sight." (NAB)

Isa. 40:18: "To whom, then, can we compare God? What image might we find to resemble him?" (NLT)

Acts 17:29: "Since we are the children of God, we have no excuse for thinking that the deity looks like anything in gold, silver or stone that has been carved and designed by a man." (JB)

For more, see:
Should Idols / Icons be used in worship?

Should Idols / Icons be used in worship? (WBTS article)

Should Images, "Patron Saints" or the Rosary be used in prayer? (WBTS article)

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