Man is not to bow down to or worship anyone or anything but God alone. No image, no icon, nothing! Do not worship the one whom the image represents. This is idolatry. Maybe one is worshiping statues in a church but does not recognize that these are in effect idols. That is sin. Read what Exodus 20: 3 – 5 says.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
“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:…” (Ex. 20: 3 – 5)

Here are some other verses that deal with idol worship. This includes bowing down before the image who is in the likeness of some one or some thing.

“Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,” (Deut. 4: 16) (Read also Deut. 4: 17 – 19.).

“Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath (has) forbidden thee.” (Deut. 4: 23) (See also Deut. 4: 24 – 25, 5: 8 – 9.). (This would include pictures, so forth.).

By the way, prayer is to God alone. it is a part of worship. The question should not be: Where in the Bible does it say it is wrong to pray to (or talk to) someone else such as Mary or other saints who have died? But instead, the question should be: Where in the Bible does it say it is all right to pray to (or talk to) or worship anything or anyone but God alone?

It is wrong to pray to, and bow down to (worship), angels. That is idolatry. John, who wrote the book of Revelation, made this mistake, and he was reprimanded for doing that. John was so overwhelmed with what he saw that he forgot that it was wrong to bow down to (worship) the angel (Rev. 19: 10, 22: 8 – 9). We are not to worship anyone but God.

“And I (John) fell at his feet to worship him (the angel). And he (the angel) said unto me (John), 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.” (Rev. 19: 10) (Read also Rev. 22: 9.).

Cornelius made the mistake of worshiping the wrong one in Acts 10: 25 – 26. We are not to bow down to (worship) any saints, dead or live.

“And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshiped him.” (Acts 10: 25)

“But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.” (Acts 10: 26) (Read also Acts 3: 12.).

You are not to bow down to anyone or anything, even if you are doing it out of respect, in reverence, or in honor of one. Praying to saints, such as Peter, Mary, or anyone for that matter, who has died, is idolatry. This includes talking (speaking) to them. We are not to pray to (or talk to) any living saint, who is not present, either. This too is idolatry.

So, are you going to reject what the Scripture says and teaches? Or are you going to deny God’s Word and explain it away. The choice is yours.



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