Friday, January 11, 2008

Have you touched the wooden statue of Jesus?

I was introduced to this troubling phenomenon of the healing wooden statue of Jesus at Anti-Itch Meditation. There is something wrong when “Christians” stampede a wooden statue for healing and for the forgiveness of their sins that only Jesus Christ himself offers. But that is exactly what happens in Manila every year. This is the result of too much focus being directed at religious icons instead of the focus being solely on Christ himself. This event, as well as many others that happen everyday around the world, sure do have the appearance of idolatry and mysticism. Where are they being taught this stuff? How can their religious leaders and their church be comfortable with this kind of spectacle?
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments. – Exodus 20:4-6

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. – 1 John 5:21

1 comment:

Christin said...

I have a friend who has two statues and they drive me nuts!
He has no catholic backround and has read the scriptures and does not see anything wrong with having them. He says he 'does not worship them." The statue of the child Jesus is 4 ft high, wood. The other is of St. Francis. He now has the wooden one on e-bay. he actually paid $1000. for it at a yard sale!
I don't wee how a Christian can read the scriptures and not see how much God hates idolatry....

Your article comforted me...

Christin Bowra
Prescott, Arizona