‘INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE’ – ANOTHER JESUS!
If you have been a Roman Catholic long enough you would have surely heard of the miraculous “Infant Jesus of Prague” and the supernatural powers attributed to this deity and the testimonies of health, wealth, prosperity which followed those who venerate, honour and worship this Infant. But where did all this begin? Here’s a brief summary from a Roman Catholic Website –
“Special devotion to the Divine Child originated with the Carmelites in the city of Prague, Bohemia, in the beginning of the seventeenth century. Princess Polyxenia of Lobkowitz had received as a wedding gift from her mother a statue of the Divine Child, previously brought from Spain.
It was a small statue, just nineteen inches tall, made of wood, wax, and cloth. It represented the infant Jesus dressed in royal robes and wearing a king’s crown.
After the death of her husband, the princess devoted herself to works of charity and was particularly helpful to the Carmelites in Prague. In 1628, when the Carmelite Monastery had been reduced to poverty, owing to the ravages of war, the princess gave her precious statue to the Carmelites, saying, “I give you what I prize most highly in the world; honor and respect the Child Jesus and you shall never be in want.”
Her gift was placed in the Carmelite oratory. The words of the princess proved prophetic, for as long as the Carmelites kept up their devotion to the Divine Infant of Prague, everything prospered with them.
The Carmelites were later forced to flee from the city, and in the confusion of the war, they were unable to take with them their miraculous statue. The invaders seized it and threw it into a pile of rubbish.
In 1635, peace came to Prague and the Carmelites returned. One of them, Father Cyril, who had previously received great spiritual help through his devotion to the Infant of Prague, sought the statue and found it amidst the rubbish.
Overjoyed, he again placed the statue in the oratory. Father Cyril knelt in prayer before the small statue. Gazing upon the simple statue of the Child Jesus, he contemplated the most marvelous even in the history of the world, the Incarnation. He was filled with awe and wonder has he prayed to the God who became a child because of his love for us.
Suddenly, the statue spoke to him. Father Cyril was stunned as he heard these words of promise:
HAVE MERCY ON ME AND I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU.
GIVE ME HANDS AND I WILL GIVE YOU PEACE.
THE MORE YOU HONOR ME, THE MORE I WILL BLESS YOU
Startled by these words, Father Cyril examined the statue, and upon drawing aside the mantle covering it, he found that both hands of the statue were broken off. The hands were later restored to the statue through the generosity of a devotee of the Divine Child.
St. Therese, the Little Flower, was also a most fervent venerator. For more than three centuries, this promise has inspired a worldwide devotion to the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague. The original statue is still preserved in the church of St. Mary of Victory in Prague.
Today, replicas and models of the small statue are honored in every part of the world. The list of blessings attributed by devotees of the Infant Jesus is endless: health restored, financial problems solved, gifts of peace of mind and soul, and innumerable healings, both physical and spiritual. God has been astonishingly generous in blessing those who have been devoted to his Infant Son.”
How ‘Scriptural’ is all this? The Bible does speak of ‘Another Jesus’, ‘another spirit’ and ‘another gospel’! [2Cor 11:4] And THAT is exactly what ‘Infant Jesus of Prague’ is!
“From the very earliest days of the church there has been a tradition whereby images of our Lord, His holy mother, and of the saints are displayed in churches for the veneration of the faithful…this practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they can be venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. (Vatican II)
“The images of Christ and the Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints, are to be had and to be kept, especially in Churches, and due honor and veneration are to be given them.” [Council of Trent, 25th sess. (1563).
The Roman Catholic church divides the first two commandments and combines them into one in Exodus 20. In doing this they end up dividing another commandment into two so they can still have ten. The commandment of idols and images is INTENTIONALLY IGNORED AND EVEN PROTESTED.
The ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ states – “The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, “the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype.” And whoever venerates an image venerates the person behind it”.
If one has an image of Mary then it is Mary who is venerated, just as much as an image of Jesus. Nowhere do we see this practice in the New Testament, but we do have many warnings about it. Nowhere does God approve of any type of worship toward objects that are even of Himself, neither the tabernacle which housed His presence, nor the ark which had the tablets, were to be worshiped. Yet these were some of the most sacred objects used toward God.
Remember when Moses lifted up the Brazen altar in the wilderness for people to be healed by the bite of the serpents. Later when the Israelites entered the land of Canaan, they brought the bronze serpent with them and turned it into an idol. It was used until King Hezekiah finally destroyed it (2 Kings 18:4). We see that something that was used even by God can be turned into a superstitious idol.
THIS IS WHY PAUL STATED THAT TO WORSHIP AN IDOL IS PAGAN BECAUSE BEHIND EVERY IDOL IS A DEMON.
Every now and then you will hear of instances where a Crucifix of Jesus was seen bleeding, or a Statue of the Mother Mary weeping, etc. Are these manifestations of God’s Spirit? Oh No! They are DEMONIC manifestations, brought about by demon spirits to further bind the blinded Roman Catholic to have faith in the worship of the Idol, which God so explicitly forbids!
Paul states in 1 Cor. 12:2, “You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led.” He does not give any precedence to the biblical way to use idols for the simple reason THERE IS NONE!
In Ex.20:4-5 God FORBIDS anyone who follows Him to make images for use in their worship. Within this context they are also not to bow down to them or do any reverence to them. The Hebrew word for worship is to kiss toward or bow down.
Idolatry is described by God as an abomination (Ezek.16:36), no matter who makes them or is worshipping them . “Cursed is any man who makes any graven image or molten image it is an abomination to the Lord” (Lev. 26:1, Deut.27:15). While Catholics ACCEPT THIS PRACTICE of bowing in front of statues of Mary or saints God does not accept it, HE FORBIDS IT!
Deut. 12:3-4: “And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place.”You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things.”
The biblical prohibition against having images for religious purposes and bowing down before them (and God’s abhorrence of this pagan practice) is clearly set forth in the second of the Ten Commandments and in numerous other passages of Scripture. For example: “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image.. TO BOW DOWN UNTO IT…. Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord” (Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 27:15).
But Vatican II commends images in churches and says they are to be “venerated by the faithful.” However it is those faithful to their ‘church’ NOT THE SCRIPTURES who bow down, God says not to! In Catholic churches and cathedrals around the world one sees their faithful on their knees in front of images of “saints,” “Jesus, “and more often “Mary.”
Catholics justify themselves saying that they are praying to the spirit behind the statue, not to the statue itself. These statues or icons are of Jesus , Mary or saints and angels, so that makes it okay, right?! WRONG!
THERE IS MORE TO THIS PRACTICE THAN MEETS THE EYE!
I Cor. 10:19-20 says: “What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, THEY SACRIFICE TO DEVILS, AND NOT TO GOD: and I would not that ye SHOULD HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH DEVILS.” Paul states that the idol is nothing, just as Psalms 115 said. THE TRUE SPIRIT BEHIND EVERY IDOL IS A DEVIL. So the Catholic unknowingly is praying to devils as he prays before an image made by men’s hands!
Ps. 115:1-8 “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” But our God is in heaven; he does whatever He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; feet they have, but they do not walk; nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.”
What of the ark of the covenant or the bronzed serpent? The ark was NEVER worshipped neither was the brazen serpent! Neither one of these were objects to worship. The bronzed serpent was used once, and when Israel later used it later as an object of worship (a number of times) they were punished.
2 Kings 18:3-4 Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord… He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until then the Israelites had burned incense to it; but he called it Nehushtan (Amplified Bible). The very thing God had Moses make for the people to look upon to be healed, in time became a idol so that it was kept venerated. God used it for a single event but the people kept it as a souvenir.
In Deut.12:3-4 Israel was told to break down their carved images and not to worship this way. They were to be different from the nations around them. The reason is because GOD IS SPIRIT AND THEIR IS NO IMAGE THAT CAN HELP LEAD ONE INTO HIS PRESENCE OR HELP ONE IN A WORSHIPFUL ACTIVITY. It actually leads them to the OPPOSITE. God knew the heart of man and that we are weak always looking to the outward which destroys faith; true faith is not what one sees but comes from within and toward God, it is inside what one really believes but is also shown by our actions.
Today we see the promotion from the Pope to thank the pagan religions and that we can even learn from them. The very ones that promote idolatry he finds unity with.
God is invisible and has become visible by the man Jesus Christ, a living temple not made with hands. The scripture says he does not dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 7:48) nor does he approve of mans attempt to give him a means to be seen. It is mans fallen nature that leans toward making the invisible visible. When one has a relationship they don’t need the pictures or statues to remind them of who they love. The Bible teaches us that we WALK BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT. [2Cor 5:7]
The second tablets of the Ten Commandments God gave Moses after they built a golden cow and danced and enjoyed themselves silly around it. The law states: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath…. Thou SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, nor serve them” (Exodus 20:4,5; Deut. 5:8,9).
How can the Roman Catholic Church get around this clear prohibition of Scripture ? They don’t ignore it; in some instances the church hides it from the people and openly promotes it in others. They change the meanings by adding traditions. Take for example Mary, she is now prayed to and statues are made and adorned with flowers each week. It resembles more of a Hindu shrine than anything Christian.
This not only forbidden in the Ten commandments but its prohibition continues throughout the Bible. In the Bible the word “abomination” is a spiritual term associated with idolatry for those who leave God. God condemned Israel for the “idols of thy abominations” (Ezekiel 16:36). This has not changed and God is still a jealous God wanting our heartfelt devotion.
I know that it may not be your intention to participate in idol worship, and you may not even consider it to be idol worship. It doesn’t matter what YOUR opinion or MINE or anyone else’s is. WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS WHAT GOD HAS SAID ABOUT THIS.
“They that observe lying vanities (worthless idols) forsake their own mercy..” [Jonah 2:8]
If you believe all that is written above to be true and see the need to repent, then you need to repent and start worshipping God in Spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship Him! God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. [John 4:23,24]
And in order to do that you need to COME OUT of the Roman Catholic Church which is an abomination to God!
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” [Rev 18:4,5]