Catholic Dogma Answered Scripturally
All quotations come from the Authorized Version in English AKA the King James Version
blasphemy : noun
Veneration of Saints
As you have determined in your heart to serve God first and church second, let us examine the question,
"Is veneration any different than worship or is it worship?"
To do this, let us ask several questions.
What is the definition of an idol?
"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
A graven image, from pesel in Hebrew, describes a carved, forged or chiseled image (image in Latin is icon from which we get the same "icon" in English). Therefore, by definition in Hebrew, English and in the Latin, we have the same consensus of meaning, image. A statue is carved or chiseled, sculpted or forged (if it is a replica or mass produced). What more can I say? The ten commandments of God our Father have commanded that we not make any "image" and that we are not to kneel before an image. This is the very definition of an idol, an image or form that is worshipped.
What worship or act did the Bible condemn?
In the book of Acts
"And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man." Acts 10:25,26
And John in
"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
The Greek word is proskuneō. Which with resounding consensus of several lexicons is the bowing the knee, kneeling, prostrating oneself toward someone. In some lexicons, they claim that it is a derivative of the term indicating the linking or kissing of the hand like a dog licking his master. Therefore, worship does not require anything else other than the kneeling or prostrating of the body. It does not require prayer, love, or any other act. Simply kneeling commits the act of worship. That is why God is so clear in the commandment listed above.
So severe is His treatment of this sin, that the three Hebrew children in Babylon would not bow before the statue of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel chapter 3. They would rather have died than to worship before the statue of a king. Why then would we ever bow or kneel before a statue of a saint? For that matter, the same commandment prohibits us from kneeling in front of a statue of Jesus. Wait, would not a statue of Jesus fall under the same condemnation as an idol? Is it not an image of a God? Follow the Word of God and your heart on this issue.
Do we need to go any further? When the saints themselves rejected anyone kneeling before them while they were alive and when an angel admonished a saint for the same? Your heart indicates the truth in this matter. And if it rejects the Word of God, it is condemned of itself. Of the Word of God in his heart, David sang,
With my whole heart have I sought thee:
What should I do, if I am
condemned by the commandments of God?
No. Idolatry is a grievous sin. It is can be forgiven as any other sin. True idolatry is that which was a turning away of the bride of God to another. It is more intentional than a simple error of the teachings of any church.