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  Idolatry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Idolatry is the worship of an image, idea or object, as opposed to the worship of a supreme being.
According to the Hebrew Bible, idolatry originated in the age of Eber, though some interpret the text to mean in the time of Serug; image worship existed in the time of Jacob, from the account of Rachel taking images along with her on leaving her father's house, which is given in the book of Genesis.
Furthermore, being an admittedly polytheistic religion, a criticism on grounds of idolatry is a non sequitur.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Idolatry   (4157 words)

The specific note of idolatry is its direct opposition to the primary object of Divine worship; it bestows on a creature the reverence due to God alone.
Even the simulation of idolatry, in order to escape death during persecution, is a mortal sin, because of the pernicious falsehood it involves and the scandal it causes.
The guilt of idolatry, however, is not to be estimated by its abstract nature alone; the concrete form it assumes in the conscience of the sinner is the all-important element.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07636a.htm   (2645 words)

 Idolatry 2
Idolatry is defined as attributing the ability of change in the world to something other than God or the laws of nature He created.
If one even suggests that "nature" is God, he thereby commits philosophical idolatry as he believes nature functions outside of its laws by saying that nature is a creator, and not simply a creation.
Idolatry, as all Torah definitions, are non changing, as their ideas are fixed and accurate.
www.mesora.org /idolatry2.html   (478 words)

 Theology-Idolatry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In light of this radical antithesis of covenantal faith and idolatry it is not surprising that both torah and the prophets invariably identify forgetfulness of covenant with idolatry.
Idolatry assumes that land and fertility is not a gift received from the loving and gracious hand of a covenant-keeping Creator but a scarce and fickle commodity to be controlled and manipulated through sacrifice to the gods of the land.
Idolatry, claims the Scriptures, goes against the very grain of the creation and distorts the nature of humanness together with any proper accounting of what is of value in human life.
crc.sa.utoronto.ca /articles/Jubilee.html   (2998 words)

 IDOLATRY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Idolatry is a term used by many religions to describe the worship of a false divine entity rather, which is an affront to their understanding of divinity.
The commandments in the Hebrew Bible against idolatry are rejoinders to the beliefs and practices of the ancient polytheistic religions of the ancient near-east and middle-east.
In this case, it seems just to say that the term idolatry is a misnomer in that even a simple interpretation of Exodus makes it clear that it is not so much the graven image or idol, but the worship of anything other than YHVH which is condemned.
www.yotor.org /wiki/en/id/Idolatry.htm   (2753 words)

The source, or psychological need which acts of idolatry strive to satisfy, are primal in nature.
This in short is the cause for all forms of idolatry.
Therefore, idolatry - the projection of powers onto anything except G-d - ends up to be not only incorrect regarding the projected object, but the worst sin, as it is the abandonment of the true idea of G-d.
www.mesora.org /idolatry.html   (527 words)

 Knowledge - Idolatry
This is talking about idolatry, and teaches us that anyone who subscribes to idolatry denies all that the Torah and Prophets say and all that is commanded from [the time of] Adam until the end of the world, for it is written, "...from the day that the Lord gave command and forthwith throughout your generations".
Idolatry and blasphemy are equal in severity, for it is written, "But the person that acts brazenly, whether he was born in the land or is a stranger, dishonours the Lord".
It is a commandment to pursue idolaters and idolatry in Israel until they are totally eradicated from our land, but we are not commanded to pursue them outside Israel, but from any place which is conquered [by us] we have to eradicate idolatry, for it is written, "...and obliterate their name from that place".
www.panix.com /~jjbaker/MadaAkum.html   (16411 words)

 CHURCH FATHERS: On Idolatry (Tertullian)
For since even without an idol idolatry is committed, when the idol is there it makes no difference of what kind it be, of what material, or what shape; lest any should think that only to be held an idol which is consecrated in human shape.
Hence idolatry is "all attendance and service about every idol." Hence also, every artificer of an idol is guilty of one and the same crime, unless, the People which consecrated for itself the likeness of a calf, and not of a man, fell short of incurring the guilt of idolatry.
Idolatry is condemned, not on account of the persons which are set up for worship, but on account of those its observances, which pertain to demons.
www.newadvent.org /fathers/0302.htm   (8680 words)

 Idolatry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Idolatry is a sin that recurs throughout the history of God’s people.
The first story recorded in the Bible in which Israel as a whole engaged in idolatry was the worship of the golden calf while Moses was on Mount Sinai (Ex.
Though there is no evidence of idolatry during the time of Saul or David, the latter years of King Solomon set in motion a consistent pattern of idolatry in Israel (1 Ki.
www.monthly-messenger.org /Topics/TOPIC_June01.HTM   (7251 words)

 CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 2113   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God.
Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, "You cannot serve God and mammon." Many martyrs died for not adoring "the Beast" refusing even to simulate such worship.
Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.
www.scborromeo.org /ccc/para/2113.htm   (85 words)

 Secular Idolatry: The Modern Worship of Idols   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Although stone and wooden idols are one form of idolatry, a person does not need to bow down before them to be an idolater.
Idolatry ultimately boils down to using one's belief system to live for self.
Since idolatry is the attempt to save one's own life by pushing what are considered to be the right buttons that will take care of me, every time an Israelite sacrificed to Baal he was depending upon Baal to provide what he wanted and believed he needed in order to live.
www.sjchurchofchrist.org /godidol.shtml   (464 words)

Idolatry is all manner of seeming holiness and worshipping, let these counterfeit spiritualities shine outwardly as glorious and fair as they may; in a word, all manner of devotion in those that would serve God without Christ the Mediator, his Word and command.
In Popedom it was held a work of the greatest sanctity for the monks to sit in their cells and meditate of God, and of his wonderful works; to be kindled with zeal, kneeling on their knees, praying, and having their imaginary contemplations of celestial objects, with such supposed devotion, that they wept for joy.
For all idolatry in the world arises from this, that people by nature have had the common knowledge, that there is a God, without which idolatry would remain unpracticed.
www.godrules.net /library/luther/NEWluther_c4.htm   (1553 words)

 Sample Chapter for Batnitzky, L.: Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered.
Rosenzweig's view of idolatry is a distinctly modern one in that it also offers a criticism of "religion." Rosenzweig's effort to think about idolatry as a modern possibility takes the form of a Jewish critique of modernity and some of its views of religion, ethics, national identity, art, and language.
Rosenzweig's notion of idolatry cannot be assimilated under any of these three categories, although his view of idolatry has some affinity with a number of thinkers whose views can be categorized according to this schema.
Tillich's notion of idolatry is not confined to the epistemological realm, as is Wittgenstein's.
www.pupress.princeton.edu /chapters/i6834.html   (4206 words)

 The Passion of Christ":  Mel Gibson's Vivid Deception
Idolatry was abandoned, marriages repaired, drunkenness practically disappearedÂ….Their communities were filled with love." The witness of this testimony must not remain unheeded if we are to receive the blessing we long for from On High, for "what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?"
The uniqueness of Christ Jesus coupled with the command not to practice idolatry is given in the strongest terms in the New Testament.
From God's perspective idolatry is spiritual adultery, so with the indignant reaction of a betrayed husband, He continues, "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."
www.bereanbeacon.org /articles/idolatry_in_the_chruch.htm   (4249 words)

 The Creed of Noah: Idolatry (Moshiach.com)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The commandment prohibiting idolatry teaches that one should serve no created thing ‑ no angel, no plant, no star, nothing of the four fundamentals, earth, water, fire, and air, nor anything that is formulated from them.
It is idolatry to consume a food or a drink with the idea that it is the substance of a god and that the person consuming them is therefore assimilating the substance of the god into his own being.
The space that remains between his house and the house of idolatry he should fill with thorns or fertilizer in order that the house of idolatry not be enlarged to encroach on his territory.
www.moshiach.com /action/morality/idolatry.php   (8760 words)

 Idolatry (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net
In Scripture, idolatry is regarded as of heathen origin, and as being imported among the Hebrews through contact with heathen nations.
The first allusion to idolatry is in the account of Rachel stealing her father's teraphim (Gen.
Its inhabitants and all their cattle were put to death." Jehovah was the theocratic King of Israel, the civil Head of the commonwealth, and therefore to an Israelite idolatry was a state offense (1 Sam.
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/idolatry.html   (415 words)

 Why God Still Hates Idolatry : Deaf Indian Woman Healed by a Miracle of Christ
And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars, all the heavenly array, do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all nations under heaven.
That which purports to be the 'Church' today is rampant with idolatry, exemplified by American 'Christians', drunk with the wine of spiritual adultery.
Her face shone with a mixture of amazement and gratitude, as the Lord made a powerful point about His abhorance of all forms of idolatry, and its awful consequences.
www.born-again-christian.info /idolatry.htm   (1775 words)

 Soul Idolatry
For the apostle, who here makes covetousness to be idolatry, considers voluptuous people to be idolaters also, where he speaks of some who make their belly their God (Phil.
Idolatry is to give that honor and worship to 'the creature', which is due to the Creator alone.
This is the idolatry of the heathen, and in part, the idolatry of papists.
www.gracegems.org /SERMONS/Clarkson_soul_idolatry.htm   (2257 words)

 The True Nature of Spiritual Idolatry, by Steven Lambert, ThD
Contributing to the prevalence of idolatry within Christendom, no doubt, is the common perception by many that idolatry is something that occurs only in underdeveloped, far-away, foreign lands, or that it is something relegated mostly to ancient civilizations of past ages, while nothing could be further from the truth.
At bottom, all idolatry is "mind-idolatry," for it is primarily in the mind that all idolatry exists.
Idolatry always has associated with it some form of false teaching, and false teaching is always an ilk of idolatry.
www.slm.org /trtdigst/articles/idolatry.html   (1989 words)

I say then, that Idolatry is a worship, in which the honor due to the Triune God, and to God only, is given to some of His creatures, or to some invention of His creatures.
That idolatry would arise, seems to have been the expectation of the Apostles, even before the canon of the New Testament was closed.
That there is a distinction between a mediator of redemption, and a mediator of intercession, which clear the church of the charge of idolatry.
www.biblebb.com /files/ryle/WARN8.HTM   (8043 words)

 Ikons or idols
The Council finally settled the issue from the theological point of view, and defined the way in which ikons were to be used, and carefully distinguished between the proper use and the misuse of ikons (which would be idolatry).
Idolatry, on the contrary, is offering worship (latria) to something other than God, to something that is a substitute for God in our mind.
Idolatry is when we worship and serve creatures rather than the creator (Romans 1:25), the gift rather than the giver.
www.orthodoxy.faithweb.com /ikonidol.htm   (1164 words)

 John Wesley, Sermon 78: Spiritual Idolatry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The second species of idolatry mentioned by the Apostle is, the desire of the eye: That is, the seeking happiness in gratifying the imagination; (chiefly by means of the eyes) that internal sense, which is as natural to men as either sight or hearing.
And this is a species of idolatry distinct from all the preceding; and indeed, the lowest, basest idolatry of which the human soul is capable.
Break loose from this miserable idolatry, and "choose the better part!" Steadily resolve to seek happiness where it may be found; where it cannot be sought in vain.
gbgm-umc.org /umhistory/wesley/sermons/serm-078.stm   (3313 words)

 Ask Noah - The mistakes that first led to idolatry.
The big mistake of the descendents of Adam, the faulty reasoning that eventually evolved into full-fledged idolatry and the denial of the existence of G-d, began with the careless deduction that it was G-d's will that they praise the stars and the constellations.
So too, it is not fitting to praise the heavenly bodies as if they were forces in their own right for the tremendous feat of ministering over the world, when it is really the power of the Alm-ghty that animates them.
The sin of idolatry is connected primarily with the faulty thinking of man, the false belief that a created being, an angel, or a constellation, etc., is a deity - a being that exists in its own right - or an agent between man and G-d.
www.asknoah.org /HTML/big_mistake.html   (905 words)

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