An idol is a "graven"(made into) image. Idolatry is anything that is worship in substitution to God.The bible is an idol to many that believe it is
"the word of God". and extrapolate that to the gospel of John 1:1..in the beginning was the "word" and the word was with God and the word "was"
John was not writing of the scriptures as "the word",that isn't what John meant at all.God is not words in a book.Yahoshua is the "living word" of
God.Yahoshua did not compel anyone (including the disciples) to "study" the scriptures to "know" the creator God.His stance on it is clear. When he
told the pharisees ."you search the scripture thinking that IN them you have life yet you fail to come to me whom they are written of that I would
save (deliver) you.
The religious Jews clearly worshipped a false idol believing the Torah(and the Talmud and, and...) was the "word of God" yet very few of them ever
"heard" from the creator God.Yahoshua said "hearing"(not physical ears) is the only way to "know" the fathers will ...not studying scripture.
Yahoshua asked the disciples "who do the people say I am" they said John the baptist or a prophet ..then he said who do "you" say I am.Peter said you
are the christ (the anointed one) the Son of God.Yahoshua said blessed are you Simon because flesh and blood (nor the scriptures) DID NOT reveal it to
you but my Father who is in the heavens (your heavens)....then he said what has been twisted into the foundation of Christianity..
...And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock [revelation from the Father] I will build my church; and the gates of hades shall not
prevail against it.
He wasn't' saying "Peter" was the "head rock"(Simon means little stone) of the church (he definitely wasn't in his time because there was no "church"
as we know today). Church means ecclesia ..the called out ones.The rock that the "called out ones" are "built on is revelation...hearing from the
Father.He was expounding on Matthew7 about a house built on rock.It was a metaphor of salvation is a continual process where man "hears" (communes)
with the creator God.
When he said the gates(what something is entered through) of hades will not stand against it he was saying "death" does not "end" the process of
salvation.Hades(poorly translated as hell) means the grave, the realm of the dead, the realm of imperception.
This scripture is the foundation for the Christian religion all built on a false premise and in effect and irony of what Yahoshua said.The "church of
Christianity" didn't "hear" revelation from the father as Peter did or they would not have formed a religion called Christianity.Yahoshua never said
to do that yet from a few verses a religion was born....that is idolatry.
Idolatry isn't about graven images of Jesus on a cross or religious iconography..it is false worship of God.Christianity is an idolatrous
religion.They do not believe in the creator God..they believe in Christianity.The God of Christianity is a false idol made up by the traditions of
men just as Judaism is. Unfortunately no one who believes in Christianity (or any religion -religion) know they believe in a false God.This is the
main symptom of idolatry.Their God is the only God and they are the only ones that worship the True God.
It is the nature of man to worship "a" God falsely. All of mankind was born religious.They believe in "My God"..which is themselves. A new born baby
worships only one thing... themselves.Their whole world revolves around them...idolatry..believing in a false God.Some things change very little.
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