If the bronze snake that Moses had made was broke into pieces because the Israelites had been burning incense to it (see 2 Kings 18:1-4), then why is it okay for the Catholic priests to bow to and incense the crucifix?
(I will post more information in next couple of posts.)
Yesterday there were very good answers to this question only to have anti Catholic mom delete them . Please repeat the answers here. I promise I am not going to delete this question. This will a chance of for your responses to stick around.
Asked by Anonymous at 10:26 AM on Jan. 9, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
I'll answer since it'll stick around. The problem wasn't that the Isrealites were buring incense it was that they were adoring the statue as a god. Catholic priests do not view the alter or the crucifix as a god and do not idolize the objects. The objects are repesentations or reminders of Christ - it is God they are worshipping. I
ncense itself is very biblical. John describes an angel with a golden censer offering incense before the throne of God. The Magi bring incense as an offering to Christ (Matt. 2:11). It was an integral part in Jewish worship, mandated by God (Ex. 30:1-9). "Throughout your generations this shall be the established incense offering before the Lord" (Ex. 30:1-9). Aaron makes an offering of incense (Lev. 16:12-13). Zechariah makes an offering of incense in the sanctuary (Luke 1:8-12). Catholic priest use incense just as the bible instructs people to do.
Answer by eringobrough at 12:24 PM on Jan. 9, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:27 AM on Jan. 9, 2010
***I enjoyed the cake and yummy candy yesterday, but please let this one go for serious answers for the time being thanks***
Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Jan. 9, 2010
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Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:39 AM on Jan. 9, 2010
Well, I do wish that this question would just go away. It's been enough. The original question stemmed from another question where her answer was really seen as bashing by nearly everyone. Add to that, a couple of other Catholic bashing questions, and well... you get cake and candy I guess.
I never knew Catholics understood the bible so well.
No offense, but this is why people look at things as bashing. I know you are not bashing, but just read it again and tell me what you would thing if your denomination was inserted, instead of 'Catholic'.
Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Jan. 9, 2010
Anyway, catholic priests bow, etc out of respect. For lack of time, that's all I really can say. Aren't we all in some mindset of reverence when we pray, etc? It's no different. It is putting us in a frame of mind to pray and worship GOD, nothing else. Statues, a crucifix, etc, those are all reminders of what and who God is, and of those who were close to God. Pretty simple huh?
Until the invention of the printing press, the Bible wasn't easily copied and distributed, and many people couldn't read. Statues and pictures (stained glass windows) were all a way to tell the Bible's stories to the masses. They have not been, nor are they now, worshipped.
Answer by Anonymous at 12:30 PM on Jan. 9, 2010