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Joseph wrote:

Hi, guys —

One of the Ten Commandments is:

"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."

I've been a Catholic all my life, and the one question I've always wondered is:

  • If we follow the Bible, then why do all Christians, including us, break this commandment?

We constantly pray to Mary and many other Saints and there are many larger-than-life carved statues of many Saints and Prophets whom we worship, and of course Jesus is celebrated several times a year.

Since he is a "Jealous God", I would have thought that anyone who follows Christianity would have obeyed this commandment.

I've never really understood this.


  { If Catholics follow the Bible, why do we break the Second Commandment? }

Mike replied:

Dear Joseph,

These are common questions; they are even in our searchable knowledge base.
There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

I searched the database for you and found these postings which should answer most of your questions. If not, just come back:

You said:
and of course Jesus is celebrated several times a year.

Actually Joseph, Jesus, Our Incarnate God-Man is worshipped daily. As a way of honoring the saints, the Church has assigned certain days throughout the year as feast days to honor them.
In addition, She has assigned certain days throughout the year that celebrate certain attributes of Our Blessed Lord. Examples are:

  • Solemnity of the Sacred Heart
  • Divine Mercy Sunday
  • Solemnity of Christ the King.


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