The Scripture tells us that God has laid a solid foundation that cannot be shaken, and that on this foundation is written these words: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Those who say that they belong to the Lord must turn away from wrongdoing” (2 Timothy 2:19). This means, those who claim that they serve God or that they call on the name of Christ must depart from evil or iniquity and live a life of purity. They must not bow down and worship idols because idolatry is foolishness; it is vain.
God is our Creator and also our Father in heaven. As Scripture reveals, He loves us so much—with an everlasting love (Exodus 34:6; Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:8-11). However, His love for us does not tolerate partial loyalty or the rivalry of other gods or objects of worship. Because He has a zeal for the truth that He alone is God, the Lord demands our complete loyalty and obedience. He is jealous of any rivals, and for this reason, He has commanded that we worship no “god” but Him, and that we make for ourselves no “images” of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth, or bow down to any “idol” or worship it. The failure to heed this warning brings His judgment upon us. He promised to bring punishment on those who hate Him and disobey Him and on their descendants, and to show His love and mercy to those who love Him and obey His laws (Exodus 20:3-6).
As His children, we must not turn away from God and go after serving or worshiping false gods or idols that cannot help us or save us. These are empty things which cannot profit us and neither can they deliver us when we are in trouble. They are not real—they are nothing. This is the reason why the Lord made this His first commandment and emphasized on it more than the others.
Since our Lord Jesus has satisfied the justice of God by paying the penalty of sin (our sin) in full by His death, why then should we take pleasure in disgusting ways of worship and bring disaster upon ourselves? Why should we bow down and worship or serve the gods that are made of silver and gold, that are formed by human hands?
Of course, these so-called gods have mouths, but they cannot speak; and eyes, but they cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear; they are not even able to breathe. They are lifted to shoulders and carried about and put in a place where they stand, unable to move from where they are. If any pray to them, they cannot answer or save them from disaster (Psalm l35:15-18; cf. Isaiah 46:6, 7).
It is unfortunate that in our societies today, many of us unknowingly allow many things to become gods to us. For example, many of us have allowed money, fame, work, or pleasure to become our god, because we concentrate too much on them for our personal identity, meaning, and security. Though no one sets out with the intention of worshiping these things, but by the amount of time we devote to them, these things can grow into gods that ultimately control our minds and thoughts and energies. The only way we can keep these things from turning into gods is by letting the God, our Creator, hold the central place in our lives.
Scripture is clear on this issue! It tells us that all those who make idols are worthless, and that the gods they prize so highly are useless. Not only that, it also tells us that those who worship these gods are blind and ignorant; that the people who parade with their idols of wood and pray to these gods that cannot save them, know nothing at all—that they will be disgraced. Thus, it does no good for anyone to make a metal image to bow down and worship it as a god, because everyone who bows down and worship it will be humiliated (Isaiah 44:9-11; 45:20).
Regardless of anyone’s opinion, the Bible clearly teaches that God created the heavens; that He formed and made the earth, a place for people to live. He is the One who made the sun, the moon, and the stars and hung them in space. He made the waters, the skies, animals and fishes and all vegetation that grows on the face of the earth. He climaxed His creation by making mankind (human being) and breathed into him the breath of life and mankind becomes a living soul (Genesis 1:1-2:7).
What a mighty Creator! His name is Elohim—meaning God, the Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1). It is this Creator who placed mankind in the Garden of Eden to keep it and dress it, to love and obey Him, and to serve and worship Him as the Only True God (Genesis 2:8). It is He who set before mankind the power of choice (Genesis 2: 15-17). It is He who says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other god” (Isaiah 45:18). It is also He who says, “I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6).
Since the Lord God is our Creator, we should then demonstrate our love and obedience to Him by having and worshiping no false god(s). As His children, we must not make for ourselves carved images, statues, or any visible representation of Him and bow down and worship them—for God is Spirit (John 4:24), and no image or visible material representation of Him is possible. We should not suppose that God’s nature is anything like an image of gold or silver or stone, shaped by human art and skill (Acts 17:29).
In the past, God allowed all people to go their own way—to do whatever they like and want (Acts 14:16). In fact, He was patient and overlooked people’s sins. But this was the times of ignorance, when people did not know Him. Now—in the present time—He commands all people (that is, all of us) everywhere to turn away (to repent) from our wicked ways, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the whole world with justice by means of a man He has chosen—Jesus. The Lord now deals with our sins in order to demonstrate His righteousness. In this way, He shows that He Himself is righteous and that He puts right everyone who believes in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:25-26).
If we claim that we are children of God, and that we love Him, then, we must forsake our wicked ways of life. We must change our ways of thinking, and completely surrender our lives to Him, who is merciful and quick to forgive. No more participating in demonic activities and the worshiping of spiritual powers which are not from God. No more practicing sorcery, divination, witchcraft, or consulting with mediums and psychics; and no more worshiping of angels and humans and other things created by God.
As God’s children, we must acknowledge Him as the Only One True Living God—there is no other God besides Him (Deuteronomy 4:39). We must get rid of all those idols—all those false and foreign gods that we have in our possession and worship. These are the same gods that our ancestors worshiped in the past. We must get rid of them and pledge our complete loyalty to the Lord, the Creator of the universe, who rules our life and everything in heaven and in earth and below the earth. He is unique, He is a holy God, and He loves us. However, He tolerates no rivals.
Do not ignore this message. As you read, please think of anything that you have placed first in your life before your Creator God. Think of anything that has been standing between you and God, pray and confess it and give it up, then God will show mercy to you. Keep in mind, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
May those who are wise understand what is written here, and may they take it to heart. The Lord’s ways are right, and righteous people live by following them, but sinners stumble and fall because they ignore them (Hosea 14:9). It is vain to worship idols!
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