They don’t worship the statue more than Jesus himself, but some people would come to pray in the church facing the statue of Jesus and praying to him as if he was there listening. A very large part of Catholics also prays in front of the Virgin Mary statues or to a whole bunch of different Saints.
The same goes for Christian relics scattered around the world. They are praying to the godly entity, but they like to do it in front of a statue or relics. In truth, as it spread around the globe, Christianity took over several pagan religions and cultures that would pray in front of statues of Gods
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