JOEL E HARRIS SAYS: What's the difference between a Catholic kneeling in front of the statue of Mary, offering flowers to it, burning candles in front of it and even kissing it with those other believers in other religions doing the same thing in front of their idols?
LEONARD ALT SAYS: To begin with statues and photos of saints are not idols. Statues of Saints being referred to as idols are anti-Catholic teaching not to be confused with Catholic teachings.
Exodus 20:4-5 makes it clear that we cannot carve idols and bow down before them. However, these are not symbols of the saints and angels. In verse 3 we find these symbols are OTHER GODS and not the one true god. Other Gods in Exodus 20:3, do not point to Jesus. However the Saints and Mary do point to Him. Mary said; "Do whatever He [Jesus] tells you."
We honor the saints (dulia) a higher honor is given to Mary (hyperdulia) and the greatest honor or worship is given to Jesus (latria). Any and all attempts to use Exodus 20:4-5 against Christian symbols of saints angels and Jesus will fail, because in verse 3, the context says clearly, OTHER GODS. "You shall not have other gods beside me" (Ex 20:3). And so to take this and apply it to the Christian saints, when it is very clearly other gods is deliberately and maliciously taking Exodus 20:3-5 out of context.
JOEL E HARRIS SAYS: Whatever! it is idolatry!
LEONARD ALT SAYS: Your false teaching; your problem!
What part of OTHER GODS, don't you understand?