Catholicism’s Idolatry, Though No One But God Is Omniscient

October 12, 2013

Anyone who prays to anyone other than God is attributing omniscience to the object of one’s prayers, and to do that is to make that person into a god. Such a thing is gross idolatry. Yet this is what Catholicism teaches its adherents to do, and even while they name the name of Christ!

In 2 Kings 17:33 we read about those who worshipped the Lord even as they served other gods according to the customs of the heathen. To do this, means, as verse 34 reveals, to therefore not actually be worshiping the Lord. For as the Lord commands all who consider themselves in covenant with Him, “Do not worship any other gods. Do not bow down to them, serve them, or offer sacrifices to them.” (v. 35) Catholicism certainly teaches the masses to bow their hearts and minds and affections to Mary and “the saints”, even often encouraging people to kiss the feet of an image of Mary as they pass by it. Anyone who denies that this is a blatant violation of God’s command to not serve, offer sacrifices to, or bow down to any other god (see v. 35 again), is deceiving himself.

In verse 36 God’s command goes on, telling us that we are to worship only Him, and that He is the One we are to bow down to and offer sacrifices to. These sacrifices now, under the New Covenant, are not sheep or bulls, but sacrifices of praise, exaltation, adoration, worship, love, obedience, service, listening, eager learning, and complete submission to everything He says.

In verse 37 God’s command continues, ordering that we must always be careful to obey His laws, and again saying, “Do not worship other gods.” Verse 38 states it yet again while revealing that obedience to this command is a requirement for upholding the covenant one has made with the Lord. It also makes it clear that if a person worships other gods, that person has forgotten the terms of the Covenant.

But what does Catholicism teach? It teaches people to pray the Rosary, a pagan ritual of praying which includes many praises and prayers to Mary –as if she is omniscient and can hear those prayers the masses offer up.

About a week ago when my mom and I were discussing the blasphemous practice of praying to Mary, my mom said something like this: “Why would anyone even find it necessary to pray to Mary? If we have Jesus as our Mediator, are they saying He is an inadequate Mediator? How belittling to Christ, to His power to hear and answer prayer, and to His concern and love for us.”

I too wonder the same. And, I also ask, where in God’s Word does it teach that Mary, or any dead person, is able to hear even a few prayers, let alone the prayers of thousands across the globe, and be able to do anything about it even if they could? Such a belief system is ridiculous, wicked, and a display of utter contempt toward the Mighty LORD God of the universe, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the All-powerful One, the only God, and the only One who is able to hear and answer prayer.

No one is omniscient except God. No one. No person living on earth, no devil, and no dead person, regardless of whether or not he or she was righteous while on earth, and regardless of their soul being in Heaven or in Hell. The only being who is omniscient is God, the Triune God, the only true God.

Therefore, any prayers offered to anyone else, any worship or adulation (excessive or repetitive praise), any religious sacrifices offered, any making of an image in order to adore it, pray to it, or bow down to it, or any religious service rendered to a person, their name, or their memory –any of these things is a violation of God’s commands and thus a breaking of God’s Holy Covenant. For those who practice such things “neither worship the Lord nor adheres to His decrees.” (2 Kings 17:34) Such a person is an idolater.

What is the fate of all idolators? Rev. 22:15 tells us that they will be left outside of the Holy Eternal City, along with the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. And as 21:8 declares, wicked people, along with “the idolators… have their place in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

How are those who are in holy covenant with God through Christ our only Mediator to behave toward idolaters who claim the name of Christ? We are to judge them (1 Cor. 5:12) and disassociate ourselves from them. (v. 11) They have turned from Jesus, the only Way to God (John 14:6), the only Salvation (Acts 4:12), the only name to exalt and bow to (Phil. 2:9-11), and the only Mediator between God and men. (1 Tim. 2:5) By choosing the way of the Lie, idolators have denied Christ. Such people have made themselves His enemies. (Acts 20:29,30 // Phil. 3:18)

with love,

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