There are a lot of myths and mis-information about Christianity and the Catholic Church. Catholics DO belief that the Bible is the written Word of God. Many Protestants are taught that Catholics worship statues. They do not. Over 999 out of 1000 Catholics know the difference between a picture or statue and the real person. (Apparently some Christians lie or else have very low IQ's. . . they say Catholics worship statues. )
Yes, some statues on rare occasion manifest supernatural phenomenon. A good example is the 16 foot metal crucifix, that weeps from the knee. . .behind the church in Medjugorje, Bosnia. ** ( I have pictures which document this. ) This does not mean that Catholics worship the statue, they see it as a supernatural sign of God's manifesting power . . . just as he heals miraculously sometimes. ** DNA tests of the weeping knee were diagnosed as a woman's tears. (Medjugorje is a source of reported Blessed Virgin appearances and numerous supernatural phenomenon. )
I cannot imagine the beneficiary of a supernatural healing being worshiped because they “were miraculously healed. " The source of the Supernatural (God) is the subject of worship, not the recipient or subject of the supernatural phenomenon. Even nominal Christians know that you do not worship idols.
Some Christians say that the gifts of the spirit, miracles, discernment of spirits, etc. , (1Cor 12 lists these gifts) stopped with the Apostles. Science and medicine cannot explain the thousands of well documented miracles and supernatural phenomenon that have occurred and are occurring through prayer and faith in God.
Many saints, who died long ago, have uncorrupted bodies. To name a few St. Bernadette, St. Claire (700 years old), St. Catherine of Laborne, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Sylvan Martyr (1700 years old) and numerous others. (I have clear photographs of the last 3)
Clinically dead people have been brought back to life. Rev. Ralph Wilkerson documents several of these in his book “Beyond and Back". I personally talked to one. . . Marvin Ford (now an evangelist) who was clinically dead for 45 minutes.
Many believe that the pope is considered “infallible" in everything. Some are even taught that Catholics believe he cannot sin and is never wrong. Wrong!! He is considered by the Catholic Church to be infallible only on dogma he publishes that was collectively discerned by the Magisterium. . . the body of Godly bishops who are responsible for Catholic teachings.
Incidentally, one of the most respected and holy popes ever, John Paul II, went to confession weekly. . . would he go if he had no sins to confess?
Some say only the written Word of God (Bible) is the only reliable source of Christian teaching. ( Never mind that interpretation of it is far more important) Never mind that the accepted Bible canon, i. e.inerrant, infallible Word of God, came nearly 400 years after Christ. It was declared canon at the Council of Hippo in 393 AD. and Council of Carthage in 397 AD.
Jesus never said only “follow the written Word of God". We have no record of his instructions to even “write down his teachings". . . it was always oral. The now accepted, inerrant, “Word of God" says in II Thess.2:15 . . . “hold firm to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. " 1 Tim 3:15 says: “. . . you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the CHURCH of the living God, the PILLAR AND FOUNDATION OF THE TRUTH. "
Denis Van Loan DDS. . . More comprehensive, valuable, free information on Christianity can be found at http://www.christian-spiritualwarfare.com