IGLESIA NI KRISTO continuously accused the Catholic Church of Idolatry, because of the various images of saints displayed on the Catholic Churches.
As the bible says in Exodus 20:3-6 “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. “
But are the Catholic’s statues of Saints can be categorized as an Idols? According to Webster Dictionary, the word “IDOL” means an “image used as an object of worship.”
The main idea there is OBJECT OF WORSHIP.
Exactly. Catholics DO NOT worship the images of saints curved out of wood or stone.
WHAT THE CATHOLICS VENERATES ARE NOT THE CARVED WOOD OR STONE ITSELF, BUT THE MEMORY OF THE SAINTS OR HOLY ONE BEING REPRESENTED BY THAT STATUE.
Now, if IGLESIA NI KRISTO insist that merely possessing a statue of saints is A FORM OF IDOLATRY, how COULD THEY explain the bronze statue of Felix Y. Manalo, ENSHRINED in their Central Office in Quezon City?