- The Iconoclastic Controversy:
In 787, however, the empress Irene convoked the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea at which Iconoclasm was condemned and the use of images was reestablished. The Iconoclasts regained power in 814 after Leo V’s accession, and the use of icons was again forbidden at a council in 815. The second Iconoclast period ended with the death of the emperor Theophilus in 842. In 843 his widow finally restored icon veneration, an event still celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Feast of Orthodoxy." (Encyclopedia Britannica, "Iconoclastic Controversy")
- Consider The Words Of This Roman Catholic Source:
- How Roman Catholic Officials Reason Out This Issue:
- What Scripture Says--Judge Its Meaning And Application For Yourself:
- How The Apostle Paul Cited The Commandment Against Coveting:
Notice that the Apostle Paul, in his quoting of the commandment against coveting, does not split it in half--coveting a neighbor's wife and coveting a neighbor's goods. Coveting is a sin against God, period. The Catholic rendering of the Ten Commandments here is both unbiblical and redundant. It is highly suspicious.
While it is true that the numbering of the Ten Commandments is more peripheral in nature, it nevertheless remains a fact that a statue-infested environment where saints are incessantly venerated is not a spiritually safe place to be.
Interestingly, Hebrew does not allow for a distinction in the word worship, which in that language would be avad. Thus, the terms latria and dulia in the original Old Testament would be treated as the same form of worship, which of course would rightly belong to God alone. This proves Roman Catholics wrong when they attempt to defend their veneration of saints. The Church of Rome is no doubt a museum of idolatry.