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Roman Catholicism #9: Idols

 “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the Heavens. He hath done whatsoever He hath  pleased.  Their idols are silver and gold,  the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not.  Noses have they but they smell not. They have hands, but they handle not.  Feet have they but they walk not; neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them  and so is everyone that trusteth in them.”Psalm 115:2-8 

What does the Bible say about idols and idolatry?

Take a Bible concordance and look up the words idol, idols, idolater, idolatry, image, images.  You’ll find almost 200 references to them in the Bible.  God has nothing good to say about idolatry. Rather He condemns those who worship idols and images. Here are a few examples.

The first of the ten commandments says, “I am the Lord thy God which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.  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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I  the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep my commandments.”   Exodus 20:2-6

“Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods:  I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 19:4

“Then said I unto them,  Cast away every man the abominations of his eyes,  and defile not yourself with the idols of
Egypt.  I am the Lord your God.”    Ezekiel 20:7

“Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: and the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.  And the idols He shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty when He arises to shake terribly the earth.  In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks,  and into the tops of the ragged rocks,  for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.”  Isaiah 2:8-9,  17-21   Read more about this coming event in Revelation 6:12-17

Should we trust the presence of idols in our homes and in our cars to keep us safe?

“What profiteth the graven image that the maker of it hath graven it; the molten image, the  teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein to make dumb idols? Woe unto them that saith to the wood, ‘Awake’;  to the dumb stone, ‘Arise, it shall teach!’  Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver,  and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.”  Habakkuk 2:18-20

“As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and there is none other God but one.  For though there be that are called gods,  whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father,  of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.”  I Corinthians 8:4-6

“Little children,  keep yourself from idols.”  I John 5:21

Certainly, idolatry is not limited to bowing down to idols of wood, stone,  plastic, silver and gold.  We are idolatrous when we put any person before God.  We are guilty of idolatry when we put money, our work, sports, hobbies, or any other  interest or passion before God.

Worshipping creatures;  including the sun, moon, stars, mountains, or anything else God has created  rather than the Creator is heathenism and God will judge it. Romans 1:20-25 God must be first in our lives. We make Him first by spending time in His Word and by praying to Him and seeking to please Him in all that we do.

Anything that distracts or hinders  us from our worship of  God  is idolatry.

How can we  worship the invisible God without the aid of visible idols?

Do you need help in focusing your attention on God?  Turn from idolatry and spend time reading and meditating on God’s Word. There you will  discover who Jesus is.   In Colossians 1:15 Paul speaks of Jesus as “the image of the invisible God”.   In  I Timothy 2:5 we read that Jesus is the one and only mediator we need to know and worship God. 

When you know  the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, God’s Spirit will come to live within you and  He will teach you spiritual truth and draw you into fellowship with Christ Himself. Christ will become more real and precious to you than anything tangible that you could hold in your hands or see with your eyes.

Read what Paul told the  idolatrous Athenians in Acts 17:22-31. If you are serious about seeking the truth about idolatry,  DON’T MISS READING THIS PASSAGE!  May God enable you this day to  repent of your idolatry and turn to Christ Himself.  Then as you read the Psalms and other Scriptures, you will be enabled to worship God in Spirit and in Truth without the aid or distraction  of idols and images that are so abominable to Him.   

April 22, 2006 - Posted by | Roman Catholicism

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