According to the Bible, which relics cured people?

a.     Elisha’s bones

b.     Peter’s shadow

c.     Face cloths that touched Paul

d.     None of the above

e.     All of the above



2 Kgs 13:20-21  “Elisha was dead and buried. At the time, bands of Moabites used to raid the land each year. Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied sucha  raiding band. So they cast the dead man into grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. .But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.”

Acts 5:15-16 “Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.”

Acts: 19:11-12  “So extraordinary were the deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.”

St. Jerome (340-420 A.D.) tells us we should venerate relics but we should not worship them (which of course is what the Catholic Church teaches): "We do not worship, we do not adore [non colimus, non adoramus], for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the Creator, but we venerate [honoramus] the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are.”  ("Ad Riparium", i, P. L., XXII, 907)

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12734a.htm (Catholic Encyclopedia on Relics)

http://www.interx.net/~mbrumley/relics.htm (What’s a Relic)

http://ic.net/~erasmus/ERASMUS8.HTM (sacramentalism)



On a related topic, some Protestants object to images of God.

A thorough reading of the Bible shows the Bible speaks badly of images only in the context of worshipping images or making idols. The Bible never speaks badly of having objects or relics that represent God or saints. Worshipping images and objects is of course prohibited by the Catholic Church.

Some anti-image people even try to use Exodus 20:3-5 as a proof of their belief:

“You shall not have other gods besides me.

You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;  you shall not bow down before them or worship them.” (Exodus 20:3-5)


IF one desires this verse to mean that you can’t have images of God, then logically, one also cannot have images of ANYTHING in heaven OR ON EARTH OR IN THE WATERS.


This would include the sculptures in the city…. pictures of people or flowers or fish or houses or stars… crosses… carvings… photographs…definitely television….and forget the movies!

Fortunately, we are only commanded not to worships objects.


Romans 1:22-27 also warns us against worshipping idols. Obviously, if we see a status of Jesus, we are prohibited from worshipping the metal or plaster from which the image is made. We may only worship what it represents: Jesus Himself.


Even the earliest Christians painted Jesus in murals called frescoes on the catacomb walls. The scenes included Jesus raising Lazarus, Jesus with the Woman at the Well, the Nativity Scene, Jesus being adored by the Magi, and Jesus and the Samaritan Woman.


http://www.catholicapologetics.net/apolo_14.htm (to read about images, scroll down to #6)

http://www.catholic.com/library/Do_Catholics_Worship_Statues.asp (statues)

http://www.catholic.com/library/Saint_Worship.asp (saint worship?)


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