The Roman Catholic Catechism (ISBN 0-385-47967-0) not only takes away the second commandment in its 'A Traditional Catechetical Formula', it also justifies the use and veneration of images/idols/icons

There are several main points in this article (emphases ours).

  1. Point 1: The Bible says to not make images unto ourselves, but the Roman Catholic "Church" allows and justifies the use of images/idols in its religion.
  2. Point 2: Roman Catholic listings of the ten commandments take away the second commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." See an example of this practice taken from a Roman Catholic school textbook.
  3. Point 3: More proof: The Catechism of the Catholic Church itself takes away the second commandment by joining it to the first commandment (not listing it as the second commandment) and then explaining why it is okay to venerate images. When it lists the Ten Commandments in "a traditional catechetical formula" on page 551 (after #2051), the second commandment is not there just like in the Catholic school textbook in Point 2 above.
  4. Point 4: More proof: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a table entitled "The Ten Commandments" that has three columns--two with scriptures and one with "A Traditional Catechetical Formula" of the ten commandments where the second commandment is taken away and the last commandment is made into two commandments just like in the Catholic school textbook.
  5. Closing Considerations: More proof as well as blasphemy found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. #2131 says that the Son of God (the Lord Jesus Christ) himself "introduced a new 'economy' of images"--this is wrong. The Lord Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. He DID NOT bring in idol worship. Idols are prohibited in both the New Testament as well as the Old Testament.

*** Point 1: The Bible says to not make images unto ourselves, but the Roman Catholic "Church" allows and justifies the use of images/idols in its religion. ***

An excerpt from The Roman Catholic "Church" is not Christian"--

CATHOLIC TRADITION - Venerating/worshipping images. Pope bows to statues of Mary, Catholics worship the eucharist and have statues, candles with images, etc. in their homes and churches.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS - It is idolatry to venerate images. We are not even supposed to make them.

Exodus
20:4 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.
20:5 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 is the second of the ten commandments found in Exodus 20. Roman Catholics often learn the ten commandments, not straight from the Bible, but from another source like a poster or a workbook. This Roman Catholic "traditional way of enumerating the ten commandments" ACTUALLY TAKES AWAY THE SECOND COMMANDMENT!!!!! CLICK HERE FOR PROOF! (tencomma.htm)


*** Point 2: Roman Catholic listings of the ten commandments take away the second commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." See an example of this practice taken from a Roman Catholic school textbook. ***

To see this point, read the article, The Roman Catholic "Church" takes away one of God's Ten Commandments. It shows how the Roman Catholic institution (1) takes away God's commandment about NOT making images and (2) how the Roman Catholic "Church" still lists ten commandments even though they take away one of the ten commandments.


*** Point 3: More proof: The Catechism of the Catholic Church itself takes away the second commandment by joining it to the first commandment (not listing it as the second commandment) and then explaining why it is okay to venerate images. When it lists the Ten Commandments in "a traditional catechetical formula" on page 551 (after #2051), the second commandment is not there just like in the Catholic school textbook in Point 2 above. ***

The "Complete and Updated" Catechism of the Catholic Church (Imprimi Potest +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Interdicsaterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ISBN 0-385-47967-0) takes away the second commandment by (1) placing the second commandment under the first commandment (see numbers 2084-2141, pages 561-574) and (2) JUSTIFYING THE VENERATION OF "ICONS" [IMAGES/IDOLS] OF CHRIST, "THE MOTHER OF GOD, THE ANGELS, AND ALL THE SAINTS" making reference to the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (2131). Number 2131 goes on to blasphemously and heretically say, "BY BECOMING INCARNATE, THE SON OF GOD INTRODUCED A NEW "ECONOMY" OF IMAGES." As if the Lord himself introduced their abomination--he did no such thing. The Lord Jesus Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it (reference Matthew 5:47). In the New Testament, we are told to keep ourselves from idols. God's children are prohibited from worshipping idols--

I John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

In number 2132, the Catechism of the Catholic Church boldly contradicts the word of God--

"CHRISTIAN VENERATION OF IMAGES IS NOT CONTRARY TO THE first COMMANDMENT [1] WHICH PROSCRIBES IDOLS" (emphases ours).

It is the second (not the first) commandment that says, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image."

The Mother, on the other hand, says "Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the...commandment which proscribes idols."

So she says that the first commandment proscribes idols--but it is actually the second commandment which proscribes idols--but she puts the second commandment as a fourth subheading under the first commandment...THAT is the obfuscation system in action.

There is no such thing as Christian veneration of images, but there is a such thing as "heathens", "Gentiles", "idolatry", and "worshipping devils". Idolatry is the way of heathens, not Christians.


*** Point 4: More proof: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a table entitled "The Ten Commandments" that has three columns--two with scriptures and one with "A Traditional Catechetical Formula" of the ten commandments where the second commandment is taken away and the last commandment is made into two commandments just like in the Catholic school textbook. ***

The table has the following headings--

Exodus 20:2-17
Deuteronomy 5:6-21
A Traditional Catechetical Formula

As noted elsewhere, even Roman Catholic Bibles have something that approximates the second commandment. This can be seen in the above-referenced table under the Exodus heading, BUT IT IS NOT SEEN IN THE ROW ENTITLED, "A Traditional Catechetical Formula." They skip the second commandment and then make the tenth commandment into two, "You shall not covet's". See below.

Authorized Version of 1611
Exodus 20:1-17
  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
  10. Thou shalt not covet.
A Traditional Catechetical Formula
(as found in Catechism of the Catholic Church (pages 551-552)
  1. I am the LORD your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of LORD your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the LORD'S Day. [our note: this is supposed to say "sabbath day". It says that in the Authorized Version of the Bible of 1611 and also in the Catholic Bible listed in the Catechism's chart--it says, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." That passage of scripture reveals that the sabbath day is the seventh day of the week. [This does not mean go and join the cult founded by Ellen White, the Seventh Day Adventist church.]
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

*** Closing Considerations: More proof as well as blasphemy found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. #2131 says that the Son of God (the Lord Jesus Christ) himself "introduced a new 'economy' of images"--this is wrong. The Lord Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. He DID NOT bring in idol worship. Idols are prohibited in both the New Testament as well as the Old Testament. ***

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church there is an obfuscating dissertation of the ten commandments that begins after #2082. The dissertation on the first commandment runs from page 560 to page 574. On page 573, there is the number IV subsection for the first commandment which says "You Shall Not Make for Yourself a Graven Image..." (which is actually the second commandment that they have made into a subsection of the first commandment). After this title follows numbers 2129-2141--





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[1] Actually it is the second commandment that men are not to make unto themselves graven images. They attach the second commandment to the first commandment and then basically step over it the second commandment and justifying the "veneration" of images. See Catechism of the Catholic Church numbers 2129-2132, 2141 (it appears that these numbers are basically paragraph number which number the paragraphs from the beginning to the end of the document (1-2865)).