Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Exodus 20:4 forbids making the likeness of anything in heaven or on earth.
God forbids making images to be worshiped. He didn’t forbid all images in general. In fact, images were used in His Temple.
… on its panels, he carved cherubim, lions and palm trees.”
1 Kings 7:36
If God forbade all images, you couldn’t sculpt figures or draw pictures of birds, fish, or anything. If God forbade all images, our non-Catholic Protestant friends couldn’t wear cross necklaces, have crosses and other such religious images in their home, or display a Nativity scene during the Advent and Christmas seasons – think about it.
Other References: 1 Kings 6:23-29, Ex 25:18-19; Num 21:8-9
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Tim Staples answers a caller who objects to Catholicism in part because she believes statues in churches are graven images of the sort prohibited in Exodus 20:4.
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.