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My answer is not from the BIBLE, but more of COMMON SENSE.
Any thing that reminds or brings a person closer to God is something sweet to God. You have to distinguish between an ICON and an IDOL. These icons make catholics pray —– not to ‘them’ (the images) but to God. If you judge them the way they express their prayers before an icon is totally wrong. Why? Bacause you are not God—the one catholics pray to, to judge them. Hindi naman ikaw ang dinadasalan kundi ang Diyos. It’s just the FORM of praying that is SEEN. The SUBSTANCE — definitely you don’t know, because it is something between GOD and ‘them’.
An IDOL is the contrast of icon. It brings people AWAY from God or it makes itself appear as god. And not necessarily it has to be an object or something tangible. It can be your EMOTION, PRIDE, CAREER, FAME, etc… Simply any thing that steals you from God. Do you think Catholics veer away from God when they pray before an icon? I am a Catholic and my answer (speaking alone for myself) is a SOLID NO. When I pray before an icon, I feel the HOLINESS of GOD. I feel GOD. Dahil tao pa ako na nasa laman, bakit di ko gamitin ang SENSES ko to be with GOD. Senses to see and feel GOD through the icons. The same senses that can make a man commit sins —- like browsing pornography. I hope gets mo ang point ko.
Btw, may friend ako na di katoliko. Gaya mo isyu din sa kanya ang mga imahe – kaso mga idols raw. Funny thing is, may sister sya na born again din. Ayon sa kwento nya, ang sister nya di daw nagsisimba on a Sunday—-every Sunday kasi busy sa kapapanood ng DVD.
Did you get my point dear? Ang mga katoliko may mga imahe na ‘nagmamagnet’ sa amin na lumapit at lalong mapalapit sa Diyos. BAse sa kwento ng kaibigan ko, ang sister nya – na di naniniwala sa imahe —- di nagsisimba dahil sa IDOL nyang DVD and HE PROCLAIMS to me na BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS SILA. Whew!
I hope malinaw na….. WELL…
Additional info, dear please try to research on various exorcism accounts by Catholic Church. It has been documented during actual exorcism that demons DESPISE/HATE the presence of sacred images. Therefore, I conclude that what is being hated by the devil/demons must be HOLY and belongs to GOD.
What about you, Dear? Do you also feel some uneasiness when you see a sacred icon?
A person, particulary a protestant WILL never understand this, not because it is hard to understand, but because by the mere fact that HE REFUSES to understand.
I thank you.
PS maraming salamat kay sir berto sa blog na to… God bless!