Catholics are often told that why they have statues and figurines inside their homes and chapels because they are not the true faces of the Lord. Catholics are often called idolaters because they have images and figurines of Jesus and the Saints but this is a misunderstanding of what the bible says about the purpose and uses of statues.
“You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Exodus 20:4–5).
Although catholic icons and figurines have existed for centuries, they are becoming more popular as a tool for remembering and honoring specific elements of faith.
Catholics have figurines and statues of Jesus, Mary, and the Saints in our churches, to honor and remember them. The images and statues of saints are used to make people remember the saints so they can imitate their obedience and their love for God.
To put it briefly, the images, figurines, and statues are not gods but reminders of the things God has done that we Christians should remember. The use of statues, figurines, and images of Jesus and Saints are to preserve their memory, just like what every country does with statues of presidents and war heroes. This isn’t much different today. We have photographs of our parents, grandparents to remember them by, and share stories about who they were with our children.