Catholic Dogma Answered Scripturally
All quotations come from the Authorized Version in English AKA the King James Version
Two major tendencies to be avoided are
We will discuss the the latter here.
Jesus said above that no Christian was to be venerated or exalted in more than one place in the gospel books. In Matthew,
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Yet, I have observed and wondered at how much more kneeling and veneration is made before Catholic clergy and statues than was done before the very God of the universe who came in the Son and walked amongst us to bring us light and life. There is only ONE dominion, the Dominion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Yet, He ALWAYS humbled Himself though He above ALL others has the right to bear the titles, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Bright and Morning Star, the Prince of Peace and more (in Catholicism I only see these titles used for Mary who was neither deity nor teacher but was the servant of God found in high favor, though, equal to all believers. (In fact, she suffered less for the cause of Christ than the apostles and other martyrs. Why is she worthy of the sacrilegious attributions of the titles and the very nature of the Christ?)
Worshipping anyone or anything other than God is idolatry and spiritual adultery. Frequently, in the Old Testament people, tribes and all of Israel was punished severely for doing so. What is worship? Is kneeling worship or veneration? Let us look to the Apostle, John. He gives a direct answer when in receiving the Revelation of God he, and I fell at his feet to worship him.
"And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Revelation 19:10
Wait, he did it again.
"And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God." Revelation 22:8,9
Now before you say, "he was going to worship", what other reason would one kneel before anyone? Let's define it from the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. You are expected to kneel and make the sign of the cross (Genuflect) before the altar (Eucharist table). Especially in the case of kneeling before the "host" converted and placed in the monstrance during the Eucharist. Genuflecting is then by church tradition and definition, worship. If Genuflecting before the "host" is worship, how is it not worship when it is done before the Roman pontiff or before a statue or shrine? Are we not then worshipping a man and thereby deifying him and blaspheming God?
Maybe you do not consider it worship of the person before whom you kneel or prostrate yourself. But, does God consider kneeling or bowing worship? Yes. In the commandment against idolatry, He says,
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:4-6
So, to God, when we kneel before ANYTHING, man or image, we are worshipping them. And, if it is an image, He considers that a direct violation of His commandments. He also gave a multi-generational threat of punishment for this sin.
What about other areas that deify men such as assigning the names of God to men or woman?
Deifying man is blasphemy by definition. Blasphemy is taking on the divine attributes or claiming to be God. It was for this that Jesus was crucified. He claimed to be God (John 10:32,33). God is God and in no way is man to be attributed the Natures of God such as His eternality, sovereignty, power, knowledge, sovereignty, authority over the believer, lordship of the believer, Fatherhood of the believer, etc. Contrary to this pillar of the the worship of the God of Israel from the Old Testament to the New, there are teachings and tradition in the Roman Catholic Church that are or at the very least seem to be blasphemous. These include