The Bible is absolutely clear that we are to worship God alone through Christ. The only instances of anyone other than God receiving worship in the Bible are false gods, which are #Satan and his #demons . All followers of the #Lord God refuse worship. Peter and the apostles refused to be worshipped (Acts 10:25–26; 14:13–14). The holy angels refuse to be worshipped (Rev 19:10; 22:9). The response is always the same, “Worship God!” Roman #Catholics attempt to “bypass” these clear Scriptural principles by claiming they do not “worship” #Mary or #saints , but rather that they only “venerate” Mary and the saints. Using a different word does not change the essence of what is being done. A definition of “venerate” is “to regard with respect or reverence.” Nowhere in the Bible are we told to revere anyone but God alone. There is nothing wrong with respecting those faithful Christians who have gone before us (see Hebrews chapter 11). There is nothing wrong with honoring Mary as the earthly mother of #Jesus . The Bible describes Mary as “highly favored” by God (Luke 1:28). At the same time, there is no instruction in the Bible to revere those who have gone to heaven. We are to follow their example, yes, but worship, revere, or venerate, no!
The terminology is not the issue. Whether the practice is described as “worship” or “veneration” or any other term, the problem is the same. Any time we ascribe something that belongs to God to someone else, it is #idolatry . The Bible nowhere instructs us to revere, #pray to, rely on, or “idolize” anyone other than God. We are to worship God alone. Glory, praise, and honor belong to God alone. Only God is worthy to “receive glory and honor and power” (Rev 4:11). God alone is worthy to receive our worship, adoration, and praise (Nehemiah 9:6; Rev 15:4). There is only one Mediator between mankind and God, and that is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). From @biblically_minded #Christianity #Christian #faith #jesuschrist #Christ #Catholicism #Catholic #holy #Gospel #grace #theology #church #belief #God #religion #cross #catholicchurch #rosery #MotherMary #repent #pope