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Originally posted by Colonel
I think that people disobey because they don't bother to read the Bible and claim that they are holy at the same time.
Originally posted by kinglizard
I can’t say that I agree with you. Idolatry is the worship of a physical object as a god. When people of faith hang a cross around their neck or on a wall it’s simply a symbol of their faith, a reminder of what Jesus Christ sacrificed for all of mankind. If you created a golden calf and worshiped it as its own all powerful God separate from Jesus it would be considered Idolatry. It can also be argued that anything that consistently takes you away from your worship of the Lord is idolatry. When we look at the cross or paintings of Jesus it isn’t taking our minds away from God, they are simply symbols of our faith. I continually see people confusing symbology with idolatry. When people of faith get baptized they aren’t worshiping the “water God”, they are worshiping Jesus by this symbolic act of faith.
Originally posted by meddled
Idol - 2. An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an object of worship; a similitude of a false god.
That is from www.dictionary.com...
Idols were not the actual gods themselves. They were representations of that god which acted as a medium through which they could worship. Is not the same thing done with many of today's Christian artifacts? It seems to be that many people use objects in Christianity in the same way that people used idols to worship false gods. It is a medium through which they can worship God or Jesus. Since there is no way for you to know what Jesus looked like, many people must turn to these objects to provide realistic representation. Whether this is right or wrong, I'm not to say.