This is something I still struggle with in the Catholic faith. Mostly I think because that’s what “I’ve been told”….
I have heard over and over again that “God has forbidden the use of images in worship”… but all I am able to find in His word is His forbidding the worship of statues. Israel was forbidden to make any depiction of God. I can understand that given the pagan culture surrounding them. But then God revealed himself under visible forms as in Daniel 7:9. I have seen plenty of depictions made of the Father in the form this verse depicts. The Holy Spirit Himself represents Himself as a dove and tongues of fire…. and I have my entire Protestant life used these visuals as reminders. Fish, crosses etc., all seem to be acceptable. I’m not understanding why it is harmful to make representations of God in Christ. In fact every year at Christmas I put up a nativity scene full of little statues…. is that idolatry?
From everything I have read, the Catholic Church has always condemned idolatry. I am not seeing where the line is drawn and distinctions are made, with Catholics being idol worshippers because they have different things to remind them of the things of God than Protestants. Regardless of if it is a stone, a cross, a sticker, a t-shirt, a picture or a statue, if it is not being worshipped, I don’t see the harm. I don’t know, I’m still out on this one and am going to do some more reading…..