This Roman Catholic Beliefs study features images that show how Popes, priests and Catholics, revere and pray to Mary.
The Roman Catholic Church Catechism removed God’s second commandment which forbids idol worship, and split the tenth commandment in two, to fill the gap.
“You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 26:1
“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.” Exodus 20:4,5
The Catholic Church has many graven images, idols; of baby Jesus, of Jesus on the cross, Mary, Peter, etc and the Pope and Catholics bow to the statues and pray to them.
You might not do that, but your Pope and other Catholics most certainly do.
A statue of the Holy Virgin Mary of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the holy shrine. Thousands of Catholics are clearly seen venerating this idol of Mary.
A shrine is a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated or worshiped. (wiki)
Here Pope Francis is kissing the feet of an idol of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Here Pope Francis is bowing to and praying to an idol of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This Catholic is clearly kneeling before an idol of the Mary and praying to her, at this candlelit shrine.
Pope Francis swings incense before an idol of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Catholics kneel before and pray to an idol of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pilgrims visiting Virgin Mary statue at Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are clearly kneeling before this idol and praying to her.
Catholic faithful pray at a statue of the Virgin Mary after a morning mass, at the Church of the Assumption in Lagos, Nigeria.
Catholics pray at the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared as an apparition in Medjugorje.
Pope Benedict XVI is kneeling before and praying to an idol of Mary.
Catholics kneeling before and praying to a Mary statue at Saint James Church in Medjugorje
Salvation is through Messiah alone, not through Mary!
The Bible says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
The Bible says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Praying to Mary is harlotry, as you are revering and praying to someone else other than the Messiah who paid for your redemption with His blood as the Passover Lamb of Elohim.
Messiah alone is your Savior and Intercessor. The Bible never declares that Mary fulfills those roles. That is the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, which is contrary to Scriptures.
You will stand in judgment before the Father in Heaven, not the Pope.
Your only hope is to have a covenant relationship with the Father through faith in His Son.