True meaning of Idolatory

Many of us practise idolatry in our life even without our knowledge. Surprised? Lets take a look at a couple of definitions:

Creation: Anything that is created by the Lord God

Idols:  Anything that is Created by His creation (Man). There are two types of Idols in a man’s life.

  1. Physical Idols

  2. Spiritual Idols

Physical Idols:

These are the idols that man creates. He takes sand, moulding agent and paint, which might have been once stamped upon by others and creates an image after his own thoughts or according to standards given to him. Nowadays idols are created mostly to depict the so called gods of this world. This is a much debated topic in the Christian world today and this post does not cover the biblical reasons behind it.

But the one thing that we need to understand is that – God is totally against creating and worshipping them.

Exodus 20: 4-5

 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them. – Psalm 115:4-8

“To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike? – Isaiah 46:5 

I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. – Isaiah 42:8

Spiritual Idols:

Many of us get away with the accusation that only those who worship physical idols practise idolatry. But in our everyday life and inside our churches, we have created many such idols for ourselves. I came to know in depth about this when I was talking to our pastor.

Examples of such idols:

  • When you are so dedicated to your studies that you want to skip Sunday services for it that same education becomes your idol.

  • When you have any other commitment that you place above God, that becomes your idol.

  • Even inside the church, when you become men-pleasers instead of God-pleasers , that person becomes an idol in our life.

 Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen – Romans 1:25

Anything and everything that takes the place and time of God in our life becomes the Idol of our life.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. – 1 Corinthians 10:14

Author: Compiled by Hepsibah Rachel (NLF Baroda) from the following sources:-

  • Teachings of Pas Roy Philip (NLF Baroda)
  • Bible Reading and Meditation
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