The Roman Catholic Church, unlike the Orthodox Churches hide the second commandment of the Ten Commandments and split the tenth commandment into two commandments.
Why the trickery? Because those who run the show do not want people to get the idea that bowing before statues is prohibited in the Scriptures.
When we read the Bible, and accept what it states, there is no need for interpretation. There is no need for honest people to be deceitful and explain their false teachings either. Honest people accept the truth as it stands. Dishonest people have to use their imagination to deceive people. (Imagine this statue is representative of the mother of god or the queen of heaven).
Read the Torah and you will see for yourself that in the book of Exodus, the Jews have:
- You shall not have the gods of others in My presence.You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness which is in the heavens above, which is on the earth below, or which is in the water beneath the earth. You shall neither prostrate yourself before them nor worship them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a zealous God, Who visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, upon the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me,and [I] perform loving kindness to thousands [of generations], to those who love Me and to those who keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6 Torah)
The Doctrine of the Trinity as understood by many in Christendom is not biblical. First the word "trinity" does not exist in the Holy Scriptures. And as for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit being one third of God each, this is not found in the Bible. Unfortunately, this is how too many people think of the Godhead. However, concerning the Son of God and the Father, this is what the Bible states:
- Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. “For God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28)
- Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. (Philippians 2:6-7)
- For it was an act worthy [of God] and fitting [to the divine nature] that He, for Whose sake and by Whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect [should bring to maturity the human experience necessary to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest] through suffering.11 For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren. (Hebrews 2:10-11)
- But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God]. But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you]. And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. (Romans 8:9-11)
- So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.(Romans 8:26)
There is no need for statues if we possess the Holy Spirit and have direct access to the Father through Lord Jesus Christ, because we possess the same Spirit of God that our Savior possesses.