Ex 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Ex 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God Why do Catholics ignore God's command not to bow down to statues of Mary and Saints and even Jesus Himself? 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus Why then is Mary referred to as the mediator? Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Why do Catholics call priests father? Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. If Mary is the queen of Heaven, who is this verse from the Old Testament referring to? 1 John 1:7 the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Why do Catholics believe that a person's sins are cleansed in purgatory by fire? Is the blood of Jesus not powerful enough for Catholics? Mark 2:7 who can forgive sins but God only? Why do priests then claim to be able to forgive sins?