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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:05



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not make any idols…” (Deuteronomy 34:17, the Holy Bible).


THE FOLLY OF HAVING IDOLS: A 2014 column worth re-reading: “For whatever it is worth, and just so a Biblical perspective is added to the raging, never-ending, and on-going debate about religious practices revolving around images, idols, pictures, may I share this part of the Bible (from its Isaiah 44:9-20) on the matter:

“ `All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing? People who do that will be put to shame; such craftsmen are only human beings.

“ `Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame. The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.


IDOLS CANNOT SEE, CANNOT THINK:  “ `The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.

“ `It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, `Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.’

“ `From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, `Save me! You are my god!’ They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.


DETESTABLE TO GOD: “ `No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, `Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?’ Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say,  `Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?’ ”


TEN COMMANDMENTS PROHIBIT IDOLS, IMAGES: “And, in the Ten Commandments, particularly in Exodus 20:1-5, we find the following admonition against images from God Himself: `And God spoke all these words: `I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.

“ `You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me’…”


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