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Is holding someone's picture close to your heart considered idol worship?

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 ---Christy_Robinson on 1/7/21
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Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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---JS1234 on 4/16/21

Jesus does want us to love people. But if we love only certain favorite people >

"if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" He says in Matthew 5:46.

So, yes it is possible to have what I call "love idols".

But yes God blesses us with special people . . . ones who help us to discover how to love any and all people the way the Bible says.

So, if someone's example has helped you to become all-loving, and the person has helped you find out how to love any and all people . . . keep this example in your heart, indeed.
---Bill on 4/11/21

The person is still alive, but far away so I hold her picture close to my heart at night.
---Christy_Robinson on 1/9/21

Thank you Christy for clarifying your question. I think my first reply ( which your question above did not clarify dead or alive) you clarified here. NO , HOLDING A PICTURE of anyone close to your heart dead or alive is not worship. PRAYING TO that person prayer is a form of WORSHIP, is Idolotry, and according to scripture witchcraft.

We pray to the Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. No one comes to the Father except through His Son Jesus Christ ALSO INCLUDES PRAYER.

One giving an answer to this question is not Unchristlike. No one here has been unchristlike .
---kathr4453 on 1/14/21

So, is holding a picture of someone who is alive close to your heart idol worship or not? You still have NOT answered my question. I thought this was a Christian site
---Chria8775 on 1/13/21

No, it is not? This is a Christian site, but if someone answer with it is idol worship and someone else says it is not.

Wouldn't you want to know why they gave their reason to the question ask?

There are not many Catholics on this site in the years I been here. So when someone says praying to Mary is idol worship, if left alone, then all who reads it believes it.

All I did using the BIBLE, is that it is useful and biblical to ask for the saints who have gone before us for their intercessions, BTW is what praying means!
---Ruben on 1/13/21

Ruben, I've stated my conscience according to the Word of God. If you choose to do what you do, that's on you. I will never agree with you. You also twisted my words....I find dishonest. I do not debate any longer with bloggers who dishonestly twist my words.

Free will allows you to disobey the Word of God. But I will have no part.

After 2-3 admonitions REJECT. Timothy 3:10
---kathr4453 on 1/13/21

So, is holding a picture of someone who is alive close to your heart idol worship or not? You still have NOT answered my question. Is site all about arguing? I thought this was a Christian site
---Chria8775 on 1/13/21


1 Samuel 28 10-12 " Saul swore to her by the LORD, As the Lord lives, you shall incur no blame for this. Then the women ask him, Whom do you want me to conjure up? and he answered. Samuel. When the women saw Samuel..."

So did God commit sorcery with dealing with a witch, for bring Samuel up?

In the NT did Jesus and Peter commit an abomination for speaking to the dead, after all they did call up the dead?

So when you quote verses like NT Rev 21:8 and 22:15 Isaiah 47:9,57:3 Exodus 22:18, I don't disagree with them, but rather "communicating with the dead has a large category than just a occult side of it.

Scripture shows us there is a divine approved practice in this subject!

---Ruben on 1/12/21

1Samuel 28:3-25


NO where in the NT has this command changed. THOU SHALL NOT. Sorcery, witchcraft etc God clearly states in the NT Rev 21:8 and 22:15 Isaiah 47:9,57:3 Exodus 22:18.
---kathr4453 on 1/12/21


First of all we do not pray to Mary or the saints to raise them to life. You mention that no one should {pray) to dead saints!

All I did was show you in scripture that you can pray to these saints because they are alive, God is a God of the living LK 27-37-38.

Moses and Elijah both spoke to Jesus at the transfiguration. I mention the clouds of witnesses in Heb 12:1 cheering us on! Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4 shows those in Heaven having "prayers of the saints" and a angel presenting to God.

So my point is you can and should pray to these saints because it is biblical and as you mention ( on behalf of God)
---Ruben on 1/11/21

Ruben, are you trying to tell us Peter and Jesus prayed to the dead person they brought back to life, OR did they pray to GOD THE FATHER on behalf of the dead person? So when Benny Hinn goes to graveyards to raise the dead, he prayers to that dead person? I'm not following your thinking. So your saying every time you pray to Mary or one of your Saints, your trying to raise them from the dead? Is that what it's all about? I never knew that.

Jesus said I AM THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE. HE RAISED LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD. JESUS IS GOD. The Apostles were endowed with gifts of Miracles at the beginning of the Church age, PROVING JESUS WAS THE SON OF GOD. The Holy Spirit, not Peter brought that woman back to life.
---kathr4453 on 1/10/21

The person is still alive, but far away so I hold her picture close to my heart at night.
---Christy_Robinson on 1/9/21

kathr4453 * Would you call Jesus and Peter committing idolatry, when they were speaking to the dead,

St Peter prayed to her when he said Tabitha, rise. She was dead, and he was addressing her. Acts 9:36-41, in fact scripture said he "prayed" before addressing her. Jesus himself did the same thing with the little girl and with Lazarus!

When you wrote that Mary is asleep in the Lord, what did you mean?

Jesus said the the dead saints are alive, calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living,LK 27:37-38

Hebrews 12:1 tell us we are surrounded by a cloud of witness"and they certainly knew what was going on here on earth.
---Ruben on 1/9/21

Ruben, let me also reiterate...if someone holds a picture if a deceased family member and prays to it as well IT IS IDOLOTY as well as witchcraft. It's unfortunate you failed to see the difference. No one in my first post prayed or claimed to talk to the dead. With CHRIST IN YOU , who lives 24/7/365 in you, Hugging you, protecting you, talking to you every moment...answering your prayers IN JESUS NAME, who gives us access directly to the Father in prayer, as no saint or Mary can....why not tell folks the TRUTH RUBIN? Mary is asleep in the Lord, and is not floating around space.

Those who don't have CHRIST IN THEM don't understand this fact.
---kathr4453 on 1/9/21


So correct me if I am wrong, it is ok to have a picture of a love one, say a few words to the picture and hug it but it is not idolatry. But when it comes to Mary, you can not recite a prayer to it because that is different. How do you know the heart of a person who has a picture of Mary? Isn't ok to ask someone here on earth to pray for you? How is it not ok to ask someone who is in Heaven not ok?

James 5:16 says, The prayer of a righteous manavaileth much.

Are not those who are already in Heaven more righteous than those who are in earth?

And since you believe you are a saint, then they are more of a saint then me or you!
---Ruben on 1/8/21

Depends on who the picture is of and the motive in your heart of doing so. If it's a picture of Mary or a So called Saint, ( as we are all saints who are saved) and you are reciting a prayer to them etc, or a leader of some etc, that you do worship, yes, it is Idolotry. If it's of your mom or dad or child who's passed or you haven't seen for a while, and it's your way of giving them a hug...then no.
---kathr4453 on 1/7/21

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