If you ever visit Macao, you are invited to venerate or adore the right arm of Francis Xavier, a priest from Spain.
The debate on the difference of worship of idols is a frequent issue on New That Matters. The Roman Catholic Church claim that they do not worship idols, but admit that the Vatican promotes adoration and veneration of relics, even bones.
The reader might ask:
What is the difference between worship, adoration and veneration?
The Bible does not make any distinction between these three words. Forget of adoring images or idols in the name of “god”. God of the Bible does not want his followers to even make such items, and claim created things to be “holy”.
Neither does God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit want people to bow down in front of them.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
In the King James version the words “adore” or “Venerate” is not mentioned at all. In the NIV, the word “adore” appears once.
Worship is mentioned 188 times in the King James version. In the NIV, 254 times.
So the Roman Catholic explanation about a difference between the three words, are based on human wisdom and man-made doctrines.
This is the official version about the adoration and veneration, or shall we say worship of the bone in Macao.
Another place that we visited in Macao was the chapel of St. Joseph’s seminary, where a relic of St. Francis Xavier’s right arm is venerated (the other half is at the Church of the Gesù in Rome).
There are also other interesting pictures of Roman Catholics bowing down to and kissing relics.
One of the most obvious evidence of wrongdoing, is a Cardinal bowing before a box with a relic. This is a photo of what the Roman Catholic Church claims is a “holy man”. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor venerates the relics of St Therese of Lisieux.”
Source of this photo.
There is not much we can do with men like Cardinal O’Connor. He seems to be a cursed man, who will refuse to repent from his worship, adoration and veneration of created things in the name of “god”. But you do not have to follow His example. Please repent, or you too will perish.
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Written by Ivar