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Catholic Saints In The Philippines & The Veneration Of Images

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Catholic Saints In The Philippines & The Veneration Of Images
Idols and graven images are clearly forbidden by the Second Commandment (Exodus 20:4,5, Lev 26:1). The logic of this is given in Deuteronomy:
(Deuteronomy 4:15-24 NKJV) "Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, {16} "lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female, {17} "the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, {18} "the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. {19} "And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. {20} "But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day. {21} "Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance. {22} "But I must die in this land, I must not cross over the Jordan; but you shall cross over and possess that good land. {23} "Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. {24} "For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
Paul continues this line of thought in the New Testament:

(1 Corinthians 10:19-22 NKJV) What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? {20} Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. {21} You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. {22} Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

And the apostle John writes:

(1 John 5:21 NKJV) Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Some Catholic churches actually omit the second commandment when they list the Ten Commandments and divide the tenth commandment on coveting into two to keep a list with ten items as commandements.
The veneration of relics or of saints is not a doctrine found in the New Testament, in fact “building the tombs of the prophets” is seen as bringing judgment.

(Matthew 23:29-32 NKJV) "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, {30} "and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.' {31} "Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. {32} "Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt. (see also Luke 11:47,48)
Prayer in Scripture is NEVER to a saint or to Mary. Christian prayer in the Bible is to the Father, in the name of the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit. (e.g. Ephesians 3:14:21)
The Patron Saint of a barangay or city is in fact the dominating territorial spirit. A vast list of these and their festivals (which are pacts with these spirits) can be found at http://www.halabira.com
Many of the most well known saints are in direct contradiction to the Bible. For example Santo Nino – the child Jesus. Jesus is no longer a child and in fact we no longer “recognize Him according to the flesh” (2 Corinthians 5:16) but as the resurrected Lord at the right hand of the majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15-20). Mary is celebrated for her having a special place in Heaven and for her “perpetual virginity” whereas Jesus clearly has brothers who travel with Him and Mary and are thus more naturally taken as blood brothers than half-brothers or cousins (Matthew 12:46, 13:55,56, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19, John 2:12, 7:3-10) These brothers came to have a special place in the early church because of this relationship Acts 1:14, 1 Corinthians 9:5). Also His mother Mary is clearly not any more special that anyone else who does the will of God. (Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21). For more on this see the following web page: http://www.aibi.ph/aibi/mary1.htm

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