Exodus 20:1-15And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the Lord your God,who brought you out of Egypt,out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worshipthem; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousandgenerations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
This is what i observed i notice in my wife"s country the catholic"s have a lot of statues of Jesus in their homes for a nation that proclaims its a christian nation which worships the lord and fears the lord i began to go over the verse i had left and what i was taught on what is an Idol
Their are stores that sell either paintings off Jesus or statues of Jesus every single home has either a statue or painting of Jesus our family home does not my mother in law knows its wrong to have these symbols in the family home
Also what i had observed is the fiestas and the festivals we have a fiesta just after my wife"s birthday and each year it gets bigger with people from other Provinaces attending
one festival i went to was this one which is held in Cebu Sto. Niño prominent in many PHL festivalsThe Holy Child Jesus is believed around the world to be a miracle worker, and devotees can be found in many places, including Spain, Mexico and Peru. In the Czech Republic, there is the Infant of Prague, a statue believed to have been brought as a wedding gift to a Spanish woman who married a Czech nobleman. In Mexico, the Holy Child has many titles, the most famous being El Santo Niño de Atocha. In Rome, there is the Santo Bambino di Ara CoeliIn the Philippines, the year begins with a month-long tribute to the Holy Child Jesus. All over the country, devotees to the Sto. Niño carry images in processions, offer flowers and dress the statue. The celebration peaks around the third Sunday of the month, which marks the Feast of the Sto. Niño in the Philippines
what i saw blew me away huge crowds and its at a crawling pace people every where street closed down
i also witnessed this festivalDinagyang Festivallloilo CityJanuary 20-22This festival held in honor of the Sto. Niño sets itself apart with excellent folk choreography and a grand display of Ilonggo heritage and culture. According to the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. website, the , Tahoma] include a fluvial procession along Iloilo river, where devotees bearing images of the Sto. Niño ride on motorized bancas. Another attraction is the theatrical Kasadyahan, a cultural parade held before the next day's Ati-atihan contest. Originally a parish church festivity celebrating the feast of the Sto. Nino, the religious event has evolved to become a tourist destination as well.
this is another festival i was asked to go toEvery January 9 at Quipo Church in Manila, The Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, "Viva Señor, while huge crowd tries to touch the statu. The statue was bought by a priest in Mexico and brought it to Manila in 1606. Since 1787 the statue has been housed at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo. For more than 200 years the church has been placing the statue on a gilded carriage every January and pulling it through the streets of Quiapo. People who touch it are reported to sometimes be healed of diseases. Catholics come from all over Manila on the chance that they will be able to get close enough to touch the image and perhaps receive a miracle. They also throw towels to the police who guard the statue and ask them to rub the towel on the statue in hopes of carrying some of that power away with them...http://www.philippin...renereplica.jpghttp://www.philippin...cknazarenes.gifhttp://www.philippin...cknazarene2.jpg
the people love these festivals and fiestas i still am learning about the other festivals a lot of idol worship from what i see they even worship the saints