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91 “If my Pastor or a Pope bowed to a Statue of Mary or anything. I would call them out on it!"

This is a statement made by Shana Smith expressing her displeasure with the fact that Catholics honor Mary. 

Shana, you still haven’t explained how bowing down to Mary has anything to do with a violation of Scripture.  You brought up “Exodus 20:3 (first commandment) no other God, no graven images or statues. I am the one true God!”  In doing so yo...u are admitting the context, something I appreciate very much, which many ignore; “You shall not have other God’s beside you” (Ex 20:3).   However, you then take this and apply it to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as though she is another god, a false Pagan deity.   You have sited Exodus 20:3 correctly in context and admit that this is speaking against other god’s, and then you use it, out of context, to apply to Mary. 

Shana, why would you site Exodus 20:3 in context and then apply it to Mary out of context?   The answer is simple; you have been taught all your life that anything having to do with honoring Mary is idolatry.   This attitude is not coming from the Bible, but from your tradition. 

Also, you are not explaining why God was against graven (carved) images on (Exodus 20:3) the one hand and then at the same time ordered graven (carved) images.  

THE LORD ORDERS ANGELS TO BE MADE “This is what the Lord then said to Moses.  Make two angels of beaten Gold for the two ends of the propitiary (Exodus 25, 17- 18).  

GOD ORDERS A BRONZE SERPENT [People complain about food] “In punishment the Lord sent among the people seraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the Lord and you. Pray the Lord to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the Lord prayed for the people, and the Lord said to Moses, “Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it n a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he recovered.”  (Nm 21, 6-9).  

Why does the Lord speak against graven images of false gods and then order Moses to make graven images, including a snake, which was used in healing?  The answer is simple; the images, Moses was ordered to make were not images of false pagan gods. God was not speaking against all images, but Pagan images of false gods that turn people away from the one true God.  The angels of gold on the Arc (Exodus 25 17:18) and the seraph mounted on a pole (Nm 21:6-9), were not Pagan gods. They were symbols that pointed to the one true God.  

Mary, not only points to the one true God; “Do whatever He [Jesus] tells you”(Jn 2:5).  She gave birth to the one true God, Jesus.  She is hardly a candidate for being a false Pagan god and so why do you treat her as such?  You are applying Bible verses to Mary that have nothing to do with Mary and at the same time, you are excluding Bible verses that have to do with Mary. 

This is not your fault because you were taught to do this, not realizing that Exodus 20:3 applied to false pagan gods, and not to Mary.  Never-the-less you still might not be able to accept this, because the tug of the teaching tradition of your local church may be very strong.    

If you accept that your church is wrong in this, you then have to ask the question; what else have I been taught that is not Biblically correct?  This could mean leaving your church and possibly loosing friends.  Some can make the courageous journey, some cannot.   When excellent Biblical Protestants are shown this, many do make the journey.  They want to be a part of a Biblical Church.