5 Statues of Mother Mary that are Unique (and Some Unsettling)

Our Lady of Nagasaki, pray for us.

Listers, the inculturation of the Mater Dei by people groups throughout the globe and throughout the centuries has led to a plethora of beautiful and unique expressions of her maternal attributes. She is our Mother and our Queen. While displaying her regal and maternal characteristics has taken on various forms for various cultures, the themes have always been universal in Sacred Art. However, modernity has brought with it brand new mediums and new ideas on how to display marian motifs. The following statues are unique for one reason or another, sometimes for materials used or due to the circumstances around the statue. Others are complete deviations from Sacred Art and others are ancient themes that American Catholicism has been hesitant to embrace.

Those interested in the theology and veneration of Mother Mary may reference SPL’s collection of marian lists. Here are a few:

 

1. Our Lady of Peace

The Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California.

The statue, which some have called “the awesome Madonna,” was finished in the Summer of 1982. It stands higher than most three-story buildings. The 7200-pound statue rises to a height of thirty-two feet and rests on a twelve-foot landscaped mound. The head, hands, and feet are cast in stainless steel. The gown is constructed of welded strips of stainless steel.

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2. Our Lady of Breezy Point

Made famous by the devastating 2012 hurracaine “Sandy,” this statue of the Virgin Mary stands amongst the desolation of the community of Breezy Point, Queens, NY. The photo apparently first surfaced in a WSJ article and the “Virgin of Breezy Point” was mentioned on several main stream media news broadcasts. The statue is a classical representation of Our Lady made unique by tragic circumstances.

A statue of the Virgin Mary sits amid rubble in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Tuesday. Fire destroyed at least 80 homes there as Sandy hit the beachfront community.

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In honor of Our Lady of Breezy Point, SPL had a graphic commissioned in her honor:

Virgin of Breezy Point VBP Final

 

3. Our Lady of Angels

Without question the bronze statue of the Virgin Mary above the doors to the LA Cathedral is one of the most controversial depictions of Our Lady in recent memory. The Cathedral has apparently described the statue as follows:

Mary does not wear the traditional veil. Her arms are bare, outstretched to welcome all. Her carriage is confident, and her hands are strong, the hands of a working woman. From the side can be seen a thick braid of hair down her back that summons thoughts of Native American or Latina women. Other characteristics, such as her eyes, lips and nose convey Asian, African and Caucasian features. Without the conventional regal trappings of jewels, crown or layers of clothing, she has a dignity that shines from within.

The statue has been mocked by conservatives as an ugly deviation from the long tradition of Sacred Art. It is common that various cultures will depict Our Blessed Mother as African, Asian, or Middle Eastern, but never before has a statue attempted to blend all these together. The statue’s lack of femininity and queenly garb has led many to comment that “it” looks gender neutral as well as ethnically neutral.

Not helping the statue is the Cathedral itself, which is a complete deviation from Sacred Architecture. The structure has been compared to bomb shelter and even a pagan temple.

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4. “Bombed Mary”

The “Bombed Mary” statue is actually the head and upper torso remnant that survived the US nuclear attack on Nagasaki. More reverently referred to as “Our Lady of Nagasaki,” the piece is often venerated on the memorial of the attack. Like the “Virgin of Breezy Point,” the “Bombed Mary” is a classical representation made unique by circumstances – in this case the horror of human warfare. His Eminence Cardinal Dolan has written about his experience with the piece:

Last week I welcomed the Archbishop of Nagasaki, the Most Reverend Joseph Mitsuaki. He pleaded at the United Nations for an end to all nuclear weapons. Lord knows he has immense credibility: he is now the pastor of the tiny Catholic flock of a Japanese city where 75,000 people were reduced to ash by a single atomic blast on August 9, 1945. On that day, Joseph was still a baby in his mother’s womb, and only survived because she was far enough away from ground-zero.

And something else survived: the head of the statue of Mary Immaculate in the parish church in Urakami, a village right aside Nagasaki. It was this skull of Mary that the archbishop brought with him to the U.N. and to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

And it is this head that is haunting: she is scarred, singed badly, and her crystal eyes were melted by the hellish blast. So, all that remains are two empty, blackened sockets.

I’ve knelt before many images of the Mother of Jesus before: our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Pieta, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, just to name a few.

But I’ve never experienced the dread and revulsion I did when the archbishop showed us the head of Our Lady of Nagasaki …

Our Lady of Nagasaki, pray for us.

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5. Our Lady of Milk

It is almost guaranteed that with an American culture  bookended by Puritanism and Pornography that these unique depictions of the Virgin Mary are sure to be found embarrassing, unsettling, or even disrespectful. However in other cultures that can still venerate femininity without declaring it evil or reducing it to sexuality alone, there stands Our Lady of Milk or La Virgen de la Leche y Buen Parto. There is even an entire Facebook group dedicated to the image. The following is a sampling of “Our Lady of Milk.”

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View an entire gallery of Our Lady of Milk statues and icons at Our Lady of Milk: 20 Images of Mother Mary Nursing.

  • Pam Sargent

    I have knelt in front of many images of our lady but Our Lady of the Angels as shown here does not inspire love of Our Lady. There are too many instances where the altars are stripped bare taking away the sacred mystery, the wonder and the magnificence of our God. This statue has done the same with Our Lady. Mary is unlike any woman on earth. She is the Mother of our God, she is the Queen of us all. We have got to stop trying to elevate ourselves as equals to God and Mary.
    Our Lady of Milk makes me uncomfortable but no more than seeing any woman breast feeding her child. She is beautiful. Our Lady of Nagasaki is haunting and beautiful. She was there with those people as she was at Breezy Point.

    • Redentor Salas

      My sister-in-law prayed to our Lady of Angels. A few months later her prayer was granted. A young mother gave up her newborn for adoption to my sister-in-law. Each time they visit L.A., they visit our Lady of Angels and thank her.

  • Mary Sorensen

    Our Lady of Milk: We are foolish to ignore the reality – the very humanity of our Lord! – that He suckled at Our Lady’s breast. He became one of us in every way, but sin. Our culture doesn’t like to acknowledge this natural, loving, motherly act, but none of us would have survived infancy without it.

  • Cathy Rund

    While nursing my three babies, I always marveled that God created woman with the ability to fully nourish an infant from her very body alone. That He who created food and feeds the world should be a hungry babe at Mary’s breast is awe inspiring. That Mary should feed God with her very self is a foreshadowing of Jesus giving of Himself as food in the Eucharist. I find Our Lady of Milk to be one of the most beautiful of all representations of her.

  • frank

    How can she nurse? I have never even seen a hint of breasts on her images.

    • Bill M.

      How can she nurse? How does ANY mother nurse?

  • Kate

    I love our lady so much! If only people knew how much she loves us. People look at her as though she is insignificant! Imagine how pure of heart she was to be chosen to carry Jesus. I say thank you to her for healing me of my depression. She truly does intercede for us! Jesus said ” anything we ask of his mother he will grant it” thank you my precious mother of Jesus for all the undeserving blessings you have given me!!

  • johnpaul

    its wrong….we all of us know that mother Mary loved us more then anything else in the world. but the way you have portrait its against Christianity, humanity and nature. our mothers also loved us will we drew or create image how she has fed us, so even this not same but more than that. mother Mary loved us that’s she has sacrificed her only son according to will of God.Ave maria…..,,,,,,,,

  • Shay

    Every Bible Prophecy that leads us into The Great Tribulation, but one,
    has been fulfilled. YOU live in the End Days and everything wrong will
    seem right. The POPE is twisted off wrong and so are some of these
    statues. If John Kerry sets this peace pact for 7 years, that the last
    prophecy and the @end of the world as you know it. READ The Harbingers
    by Rabbi Cahn. We have 4 Blood Moons coming and 1 Solar Eclipse. This
    happened on Earth 3 other times,1492, 1948 Israel became nationstate,
    1967 Jerusalem controlled again by Jews and now ALL falling on Passover
    and Sukkot. GOD is talking to America to come back, we need to listen
    and stop making excuses for almost everything wrong.

  • Domer

    The LA Cathedral statue should be retired to basement storage somewhere; it is that bad. The Our Lady of Peace statue is dearly beloved to the masses of faithful that come to the shrine in Santa Clara. The photo here actually improves on the rendering of Our Lady’s face. In actuality, it disappoints me because it doesn’t convey facial beauty. Perhaps the artist was thinking of Our Lady of Sorrows? Or perhaps a stainless steel face cannot easily show tenderness — I don’t know.

  • Lisa

    There’s nothing wrong with a breastfeeding mother or the understanding that Our Lady breastfed Baby Jesus. That has nothing to do with images or statues depicting her bare breast. There is no legitimate reason for Our Lady to be exposed in that manner. Nor should any woman need to do the same. Any woman can carry a blanket or any cloth covering and discreetly breastfeed anywhere. Those who talk about ‘shame’ and denying natural beauty are missing the point. It IS beautiful, the body is sacred, the temple of the Holy Spirit. We veil things that we hold sacred and a woman’s body is to be COVERED … Our Lady most of all.

  • as a Catholic sculptor of religious images, I am not sure if I have the right to comment; As I don’t know what the artists shown here were thinking or what kind of briefing they had from their patrons. I do feel that the statue of ” Our Lady of the Angels” is a beautifully executed sculpture, but it fails as a Marian image. Its subliminal effect is to present her in the guise of an androgynous angel figure. It detracts from her elevated humanity under the title of “Queen of angels.” If you care to google images ” Ely Cathedral Madonna” you will find a depiction of the Blessed Virgin Mary which gets my all time vote for why Catholic sculptors should be employed for Catholic structures, and not Pagan artists, as was used here.

    • jp

      Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

      Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

      Matthew 12:46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, [his] mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

      Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

      Matthew 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

      Matthew 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

      Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

      John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

      John 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

      John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

      John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

      John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

      Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

      Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

      as you can see by HOLY Scripture Mary is just like us in that she was a sinner just like all of us and needed a Savior. Jesus Christ is the Saviour to those who put their 100% trust in him for salvation.

      Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

      Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

      Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

      Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

      Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

      Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

      Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

      Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

      i love all Catholic people :) I left the Catholic faith because of doctrine. The teaching of the Catholic Church is contrary to the Holy Scripture. please read the King James Bible it is the only bible without a copyright. All others have to have man’s permission to make copies by the way. This is and was a red flag to me. Please consider

  • In addition to the statue Our Lady of Peace Parish in Santa Clara has had 24/7 Eucharistic Adoration for decades beginning in the 1970s to the consternation of many “modern” diocesan elements at the time. The parish continues to thrive and is a must-visit for any Catholic in the area

  • I visit the LA Cathedral a number of times each year often praying in the main Blessed Sacrament Chapel. I walk under this statue each time I enter but never have I been inspired by it to prayer. I think the statue itself blends in well with the architecture which no one would ever know what it was unless they already know what it was. Same with this statue. No one would ever know who it was unless they already knew who it was.

  • JP

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    Catholics Remove The 2nd Commandment!

    by David J. Stewart

    Acts 13:10, “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”

    This is unbelievably! How low will the Catholics stoop in order to deceive their followers. No wonder the Bible warns us about false prophets who creep into the Church, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Mark 7:6-13), having their conscience seared with a hot iron (hard-hearted) and teaching doctrines of devils (1st Timothy 4:1-3).

    Kindly said, the Roman Catholic Church is straight from the pits of Hell. I say this kindly as a friend who cares for your soul. Oh, how I wish the one billion members of Roman Catholicism cared MORE about truth and principle, than about family and relationships. That’s what has cursed Catholics, that is, family tradition. Since grandma was a devout Roman Catholic, and since uncle Joe is a Catholic, and since cousin Janet is a Catholic—that makes it next to impossible for a son or daughter to go become a born-again Christian who doesn’t need religion. From the cradle-to-the-casket—the Vatican has a religious package for you!

    Ten Commandments (KJB)

    Roman Catholic Catechism

    Exodus 20:1-3, “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

    ARTICLE 1 – THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

    I. “YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND HIM ONLY SHALL YOU SERVE”

    II. “HIM ONLY SHALL YOU SERVE”

    III. “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME”

    IV. “YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF A GRAVEN IMAGE . . .”

    Exodus 20:4-5, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

    As you can see in the right column, the Catholic church has some very good reasons for getting rid of these Scriptures, which forbid bowing to Statues. Notice that even bowing is a sin!!!

    Where did the 2nd Command go not to bow to idols?

    Catholics bowing to an idol. It’s IDOLATRY!Do you see how evil and sneaky the Vatican is? They totally removed the 2nd Commandment from the Bible forbidding BOWING to statues and idols.

    Instead, they’ve buried it in their Catholic Catechism out of sight for worshippers to see. Hence, when the Catholic Church posts their Ten Commandments, the 2nd is gone, gone, gone! No wonder they worship devils through idols!

    Exodus 20:7, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

    ARTICLE 2 – THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

    I. THE NAME OF THE LORD IS HOLY

    II. TAKING THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN

    Exodus 20:8, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

    ARTICLE 3 – THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

    I. THE SABBATH DAY

    II. THE LORD’S DAY

    Exodus 20:12, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

    ARTICLE 4 – THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

    I. THE FAMILY IN GOD’S PLAN

    II. THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY

    III. THE DUTIES OF FAMILY MEMBERS

    IV. THE FAMILY AND THE KINGDOM

    V. THE AUTHORITIES IN CIVIL SOCIETY

    Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.”

    ARTICLE 5 – THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

    I. RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE

    II. RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY OF PERSONS

    III. SAFEGUARDING PEACE

    Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

    ARTICLE 6 – THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

    I. “MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM”

    II. THE VOCATION TO CHASTITY

    III. THE LOVE OF HUSBAND AND WIFE

    IV. OFFENSES AGAINST THE DIGNITY OF MARRIAGE

    Exodus 20:15, “Thou shalt not steal.”

    ARTICLE 7 – THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

    I. THE UNIVERSAL DESTINATION AND THE PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF GOODS

    II. RESPECT FOR PERSONS AND THEIR GOODS

    III. THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

    IV. ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

    V. JUSTICE AND SOLIDARITY AMONG NATIONS

    VI. LOVE FOR THE POOR

    Exodus 20:16, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”

    ARTICLE 8 – THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

    I. LIVING IN THE TRUTH

    II. TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH

    III. OFFENSES AGAINST TRUTH

    IV. RESPECT FOR TRUTH

    V. THE USE OF THE SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA

    VI. TRUTH, BEAUTY, AND SACRED ART

    Since the Catholics eliminated the 2nd Commandment, it threw the Catechism’s list out of whack in comparison to the Biblical Ten Commandments.

    The fact that the Vatican had to fabricate something for the 9th Commandments, clearly evidences that something is very wrong.

    Woe unto the Catholic Church and their false plan of salvation! Sacramental salvation is a road to Hell forever.

    The old man cannot be changed, educated, rehabilitated, nor reformed. You need the new birth, that is, a spiritual birth—by receiving Christ’s payment for your sins. The Gospel is defined in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 as Christ’s DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION. If you receive the Gospel as payment for YOUR SINS, then you are saved.

    ARTICLE 9 – THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

    I. PURIFICATION OF THE HEART

    II. THE BATTLE FOR PURITY

    Here the Vatican makes up their own commandment to compensate for the missing 2nd Commandment.

    I don’t recall anything in the Ten Commandments about having a pure heart!

    Certainly, God wants a pure heart, but that’s not one of God’s Ten Commandments!

    Priests are LIARS!

    Exodus 20:17, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”

    ARTICLE 10 – THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

    I. THE DISORDER OF COVETOUS DESIRES

    II. THE DESIRES OF THE SPIRIT

    III. POVERTY OF HEART

    IV. “I WANT TO SEE GOD”

    SOURCE

    Here’s a link below to the Catholic Catechism used for this chart…

    http://www.christusrex.org/www1/CDHN/part3_2.html

    Please notice that they’ve removed the 2nd commandment which forbids anyone from “bowing” to any graven image. It’s clearly obvious that the Catholic Church is trying to hide their sin of idolatry. There is NO Biblical teaching to honor Mary nor the saints by bowing to them. God strictly forbids bowing to the likeness of anyone or anything in Heaven or earth. Exodus 20:4,5, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou SHALT NOT BOW DOWN thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God.”

    In the Catholic Catechism (part 3) you’ll read the following words of blasphemy…

    2132 The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, “the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype,” and “whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.”[70] The honor paid to sacred images is a “respectful veneration,” not the adoration due to God alone:

    That is what Catholic men teach; but it’s not what God says, “THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM.”

    First of all, not bowing to a graven image is the 2nd command, not the first. The evil men who wrote the preceding Catholic Catechism deceitfully split the 10th commandment into two to make up for the missing 2nd commandment. Why are there two commandments telling us not to covet? It seems mighty strange don’t you think? It’s obvious what the Devil has done here. You can’t just eliminate the 2nd Commandment!

    Secondly, the quoted passage I have given you from the Catholic Catechism is blasphemy. God clearly warns us in Exodus 20:4-5 NOT to make unto ourselves ANY graven images.

    Catholics attempt to justify their idolatry by comparing what they do to the brazen serpent in the Wilderness in Moses’ time. The children of Israel had murmured (complained) so much that God decided to judge them with fiery serpents. 16,000 Israelites had already died and Moses pleaded with the Lord to spare Israel. God told Moses to fabricate a serpent made of brass, to hold it up before the Jews, and tell them to look unto the serpent to live. That serpent symbolized Jesus Christ, Who became as sin to save us.

    This is why we read in John 3:14-15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Carefully notice that the brazen serpent was God’s idea, not Moses. God never told us ANYWHERE in the Word of God to make a statue of anyone nor anything. The Israelites were instructed to “look” to the serpent (which pictured Christ) so they could live. The people were NOT instructed to bow, honor, nor pray to the brazen serpent (statue).

    It is sinful for Catholics to attempt to justify their idolatry by taking the incident of the brazen serpent out of context. The entire focus of the brazen serpent is to LOOK TO JESUS TO LIVE. Isaiah 45:22, ” Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” It is a sin to look to Mary.

    The Catholics can devilishly call their idolatry “Respectful Veneration” if they want to, but it’s a direct violation of the 2nd Commandment (which they don’t have in Catholicism). Anything can be justified if one is willing to twist the truth far enough. The FACT of the matter is that neither Jesus, nor any of the Apostles, elevated Mary in any capacity. Yet Catholics have created a monstrosity of adoration toward Mary, refusing to obey the Scriptures. Jesus Christ is magnified in the Word of God, not Mary. A standard Rosary contains 53 Hail Marys. It is sinful idolatry.

    The next time you go to Mass, watch the priest when he prays and you will see that every single word he speaks is read from a piece of paper. There is no heartfelt sincerity or communication with God. It is all formalized religion, preplanned and prewritten, and God is not worshipped from men’s hearts as He should be. Matthew 15:7,8, “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

    Prayer should NEVER be read from a piece of paper, which is really not prayer at all. Catholics recite the SAME dead words over and over and over. I believe most Catholic people are sincere—hearing the pretty music and bells, seeing the beauty of religion and a magnificent worship building, hearing about Jesus’ death and resurrection—but what they fail to realize is that Catholicism officially teaches that a person MUST do good works, get water baptized, go to Mass, keep all the Seven Sacraments, and become a member of the Catholic Church in order to get to Heaven.

    The Word of God teaches you just need to acknowledge your guilt of sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be forgiven. There is NO religion involved, which is very difficult for some people to grasp, because they were brought up in a religious family. The only work which we must do to be saved is to believe on Christ, John 6:29, “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Salvation is not found in ANY religion; but in a Person—the Lord Jesus Christ!

    Note: The teaching not to bow to statues is found BURIED in the Catholic Catechism, but it’s avoided like the Black Plague, and is not mentioned when priests or Catholic speakers recite the Ten Commandments. It is avoided for good reason—because it is an indictment against their idolatry! Catholics DO bow to all manner of statues. If you ask any Catholic to quote the Ten Commandments to you, they’ll never mention anything about not bowing to statues or idols (because that’s the heart of their religious). They bow to Mary. They bow to Our Lady Of Fatima. They bow to idols of patron saints at home.

    “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…” —Exodus 20:4,5

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