Idolatry

Exodus 20: 3 – 6 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 shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

The 2nd commandment of the 10 commandments that the Lord wrote with His own hand on the tables of stone, not once but twice. We all know that the commandments of the Lord are important, not just important but essential to the Christian walk. If we break even one of the commandments just a little bit, we will not be in heaven.

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There is a problem in today’s society, we like to look at the surface and just read what is necessary. There are people who take God’s Word and twist and turn it to suit their own purposes, they add and take away from the Bible. People only know versions of the truth because they are being deceived into believing a certain way by the leaders. They call these twisted lies, truth, and encourage people to read from these false books and dare call them a Bible such as the NIV, NKJV and quite frankly every version out there besides the KJV.

 
With that being said we aren’t here to discuss the different versions of the Bible and why those other “Bibles” are corrupt. Although it does fit in with our topic which is why I bring it up in the first place. You see in other versions of the Bible they take out the 2nd commandment, the commandment that says you shouldn’t worship idols. The verse I put up at the very top of this blog. We were told this would happen in the Bible.

 
Daniel 7:25 – And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

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You see this verse doesn’t just refer to the Catholic Church trying to change Sabbath to Sunday. If you notice the verse says laws, which is plural. The Catholic church took out the 2nd commandment and split the 9th commandment into 2 commandments so that there would still be 10 Commandments. You can see for yourself in the Bible the Catholic church has, they completely took that commandment out.

 
Because they did that, it is another sign that the verse that I put above is talking about the Catholic church. They are the only ones who have had the audacity to change God’s Holy law and deceive many people as a result of it. Now you may ask, why would the Catholic church want to get rid of that commandment?

 
As I’m sure most of you know the Catholic church worships many idols, although they don’t call them that, they call them Saints and they pray to the mother of Jesus, Mary. They have all these statutes of these “Saints” in the churches and they pray to them! This is an abomination on several levels.

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The first is the Bible is very clear that we are only to pray and bow down to the Lord and no one else! We have examples in the Bible where the men and women have been visited by angels and they went to worship before them but the angels reprimanded them and told them to get up because they were not to be worshipped and that only the Lord is worthy of being bowed down to. Gideon is one of those examples.

 
Other times in the Bible when the men and women did bow down to worship and the Holy Being didn’t reprimand them it was because it was the Lord that was before them.

 
The second reason why bowing to these statues is an abomination is because of what the Bible says about the state of the dead. If any of you have read my previous blog, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ you will know already what I am talking about. For those of you who haven’t, I encourage you to read it. I shall say this though, the Bible is very clear the dead know nothing, and are not in heaven, hell, or purgatory like the Catholic church would have you believe. The dead are in the ground asleep waiting for the resurrection when Jesus comes back, whether to life or eternal death.

 
The third reason is that it is totally unnecessary to go through these “Saints” in order for the Lord to hear our prayers. We can go directly to our Father in heaven, Jesus gave us an example of how to pray with the Lord’s Prayer as it is more commonly known.

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Matthew 6: 7-15 – But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 
Jesus said to not use vain repetitions, what does that mean exactly? It means that we don’t need to repeat 20 hail Mary’s and all that other nonsense, we don’t need to say over and over again in prayer the same thing. Now that doesn’t mean that we can’t pray for something again and again, for example, if we are putting out a fleece or praying for healing or something like that, we can pray for it every day but we don’t need to repeat it over and over again in the same prayer. We can ask for the Lord’s will to be done each and every day concerning the matter, whatever it may be and then wait for the answer. Whether we like the answer or not, or whether we have to wait awhile.

 
Originally the “Saints” and even Mary mother of Jesus statutes that the Catholics worship and pray to were all pagan deity’s and made for pagan worship. When some of the pagans converted into Christianity, they didn’t want to give up their idol worship, so they changed the idols of the sun god and all the other pagan deities into the apostles and other “saints” that did good deeds.

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Mother and child worship were the basis of the ancient religions. In the various religions of the world, the same system of worship was perpetuated under different names. In Egypt, the mother and child were worshiped as Isis and Osiris or Horus, in India as Isi and Iswara, in China and Japan as the mother goddess Shing-moo with child, in Greece as Ceres or Irene and Plutus, in Rome as Fortuna and Jupitor-puer, or Venus and Adurnis, and in Scandinavia as Frigga and Balder. The mother and child were worshiped in Babylon as Ishtar and Tammuz, and in Phoenicia, as Ashtoreth and Baal.

 
As you can see it was all pagan and some of the early Christians changed it so that it would be appealing and so that they would have a clear conscience bowing down to these pagan idols.

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With all that being said, how in all good conscience can anyone bow down to these idols when the Bible is very clear on this point.

 
Idolatry isn’t just about bowing down to statutes though, it goes deeper than that. Remember we can’t be surface readers, we must dig deep and see what the Lord would have us know.

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Anything can be an idol, anything that we place above the Lord is an idol. It could be how you eat, dress, speak, how you act, what you put on your body or in it; friends, family, entertainment and everything that goes along with that. If anything in your life is taking precedence over the Lord than it is an Idol, if it takes away from your reading, praying, and studying the Bible than it is an idol.

 
If you love someone more than you love the Lord than that person can be an idol. The world has made many people into idols. All the famous people in the world today, people go crazy about them and worship the ground they walk on, literally. THIS IS AN ABOMINATION! The Lord is not pleased with that.

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We are not to be putting another man or woman up on this pedestal. Asking for their autographs and asking for a picture to be taken with them, and anything else that may go along with that. This is not what we should be doing, and we should not encourage that for ourselves either. We can ourselves into our own idol as well.

 
Men and women of the Lord will not be putting another man or woman in an honored station. That is not how we are to act as children of God. This doesn’t just go for the celebrities of the world, we must be careful not to put any person up and think of them as a celebrity. We are all important in the Lord’s eyes’, we all have talents and abilities that the Lord has given us to be used for His glory and honor not to make ourselves famous.

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This is very important because I know I used to put some people up high and thought they were so great until the Lord showed me the error in my ways and I had to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness. When I was younger, I didn’t realize what I was doing, I thought it was ok because everyone else was doing the same thing, but that is not a reason to do it. I was so used to how society viewed things that I didn’t even take the time to think about what the Lord might have thought. I am so thankful that the Lord brought it to my attention and that I learned the truth on the matter.

 
I know I have things in my life that I need to work on, I am by no means perfect. I just pray continually that the Lord continues to lead, guide, and direct me. That I may grow in Him and that I may leave the worldliness behind and that I may grow to hate the sin that I once may have enjoyed. I pray the same for all of you.

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There has been very little deep piety and wholeness to God. When the spirit of Christ takes possession of the heart, then there is a missionary for God. The most grievous sin of idolatry exists in the church. And he who interposes between the professed Christian and his wholehearted service to God, takes the form of an idol, and the most grievous sin of idolatry is idolatry itself. {12MR 330.2}

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Speaking of Satan, our Lord says that “he abode not in the truth.” He was once the covering cherub, glorious in beauty and holiness. He was next to Christ in exaltation and character. It was with Satan that self-exaltation had its origin. He became jealous of Christ, and falsely accused him, and then laid blame upon the Father. He was envious of the position that was held by Christ and the Father, and he turned from his allegiance to the Commander of heaven and lost his high and holy estate. Though the angels had a knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, though they were happy in the glorious service which they did for the King of heaven, yet, through his crooked representations of Christ and the Father, the evil one deceived a great company of angels, drew them into sympathy with himself, and associated them with himself in rebellion. Satan and his sympathizers became the avowed antagonists of God, established their own infernal empire, and set up a standard of rebellion against the God of heaven. All the principalities and powers of evil rallied to the work of overthrowing the government of God. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 1}

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Satan accomplished the fall of man, and since that time it has been his work to efface in man the image of God, and to stamp upon human hearts his own image. Possessing supremacy in guilt, he claims supremacy for himself, and exercises over his subjects the power of royalty. He cannot expel God from his throne, but through the system of idolatry, he plants his own throne between the heaven and the earth, between God and the human worshiper. He intercepts every ray of light that comes from God to man, and appropriates the worship that is due to God. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 2}

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Satan has wrought with deceiving power, bringing in a multiplicity of errors that obscure the truth. Error cannot stand alone, and would soon become extinct if it did not fasten itself like a parasite upon the tree of truth. Error draws its life from the truth of God. The traditions of men, like floating germs, attach themselves to the truth of God, and men regard them as a part of the truth. Through false doctrines, Satan gains a foothold, and captivates the minds of men, causing them to hold theories that have no foundation in truth. Men boldly teach for doctrines the commandments of men; and as traditions pass on from age to age, they acquire a power over the human mind. But age does not make error truth, neither does its burdensome weight cause the plant of truth to become a parasite. The tree of truth bears its own genuine fruit, showing its true origin and nature. The parasite of error also bears its own fruit, and makes manifest that its character is diverse from the plant of heavenly origin. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 3}

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It is through false theories and traditions that Satan gains his power over the human mind. We can see the extent to which he exercises his power by the disloyalty that is in the world. Even the churches that profess to be Christian have turned from the law of Jehovah, and have erected a false standard. Satan has had his hand in all this; for by directing men to false standards, he misshapes the human character, and causes humanity to acknowledge him as supreme. He works counter to the holy law of God, and denies God’s jurisdiction. It is at his throne that every evil work finds its starting-point and obtains its support. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 4}

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Satan has charged injustice upon God, and at various times has set in motion all his supernatural agencies, in order to cut off from men the knowledge of God, to turn their attention from the temple of God, and to establish his own kingdom in the earth. At different times he has almost succeeded in spreading idolatry throughout the world. The history of the past shows that he has striven to obtain the mastery upon earth, and that his strife for supremacy has seemed to be almost wholly successful. He has worked in such a manner that the Prince of heaven has seemed to be lost sight of. It has seemed that the confederacy of idolatry has borne supreme sway, and that Satan had indeed become the god of this world. But the only begotten Son of God has looked upon the scene, has beheld human suffering and misery. With pity he has seen how his human agencies have been blinded by the deceptions of the enemy, and have become victims of Satanic cruelty. He has seen how Satan has exalted men simply for the purpose of casting them down, how he has flattered them, in order to draw them into his net and destroy them. He looked upon the schemes by which Satan works to blot from the human soul every trace of likeness to God; how he led them into intemperance so as to destroy the moral powers which God gave to man as a most precious, priceless endowment. He saw how, through indulgence in appetite, brain power was destroyed, and the temple of God was in ruins. He looked with compassion upon men who were becoming corrupted, ruined, murdered, and lost, through choosing a ruler who chained them to his car as captives, and yet these slaves were so bewildered, so beguiled and deceived, that they were actually pleased with their slavery as they moved on in gloomy procession toward eternal ruin,–to death in which is no hope of life, toward night to which comes no morning. He saw human beings possessed by devils, saw Satanic agencies incorporated with men, saw the bodies of men become the habitations for the degrading indwelling of demons. Man, made for the dwelling-place of God, became the habitation of dragons. The senses, the nerves, the passions, the organs of man, were worked by supernatural agencies in the indulgence of the grossest, vilest lust. The very stamp of demons was impressed upon the countenances of men, and human faces reflected the expression of the legions of evil with which they were possessed. Such was the prospect upon which the world’s Redeemer looked. What a horrible spectacle for the eyes of infinite purity to behold! Wherein can he behold his image? And yet God, the infinite One, “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son [for such a world!], that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 5}

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Christ came to our world, sent of God to take human nature upon him. The mysterious union was to be formed between human nature and the divine nature. Christ was to become a man, in order that he might unfold to men as fully as possible the mysteries of the science of redemption. But the scheme of redemption far exceeds the comprehension of the human mind. The great condescension on the part of God is a mystery that is beyond our fathoming. The greatness of the plan cannot be fully comprehended, nor could infinite Wisdom devise a plan that would surpass it. It could be successful only by the clothing of divinity with humanity, by Christ becoming man, and suffering the wrath which sin has made because of the transgression of God’s law. Through this plan the great, the dreadful God can be just, and yet be the justifier of all who believe in Jesus, and who receive him as their personal Saviour. This is the heavenly science of redemption, of saving men from eternal ruin, and can be carried out through the incarnation of the Son of God, through his triumph over sin and death. In seeking to fathom this plan, all finite intelligences are baffled. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 6}

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Before the world was created, infinite Wisdom provided for the terrible possibility of man’s disloyalty. Though man transgressed God’s law, yet the law was not weakened in the slightest particular. It stands fast forever and ever as his eternal throne. No hope could be found for man through the alteration of God’s law, but God so loved the world the he gave himself in Christ to the world to bear the penalty of man’s transgression. God suffered with his Son, as the divine Being alone could suffer, in order that the world might become reconciled to him. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 7}

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