1/31/2014 2:55:53 PM
God Hates Idolatry
God Hates Idolatry
Many Roman Catholic traditions find their origin in paganism, but none as obvious as the use of statues, icons, relics, and images in worship. Historians report that statues of the Egyptian goddess Isis, with her child Horus, were renamed Mary and Jesus by pagan Rome. Today, shrines of the Black Madonna and Child are the holiest shrines in Catholic Europe. It should not surprise us that some of the titles and honor given to Mary by the Vatican such as: "Our Lady", "Eternal Virgin" and "Madonna", were the same titles attributed to Isis. Whether the idolatry is pagan or religious, the principle is the same. The veneration and honor that is due to God alone is turned away from Him, and given to that which is not God.
On a missionary trip to Mexico several years ago, I went into the Cathedral of Acapulco to share the Gospel with Catholics. The idolatry I witnessed there was so nauseating that it has grieved me to this day. In a transparent glass coffin, there was a statue of Jesus lying face up with wads of pesos in his hands. In front of the coffin was an offering box with the words in Spanish: "For the holy burial of Jesus." I wept as I watched poor Mexican peasants kneel down and offer what little money they had so that Jesus could be buried (again).
The first two commandments of God clearly forbid two things: 1) creating and worshipping an image of the true God and 2) worshipping anyone other than God (Exodus 20:1-5). In other words, our worship must be directed only to the true God and not through any object. Thus to worship, venerate, kiss, adore, lift up, pray to, speak to, or make religious use of man-made images of God and saints is a sin of the most serious kind. God could not have made this any clearer when He commanded: “You shall not make for yourself and idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God" (Exodus 20:4-5). Yet the Roman Catholic Church has laid aside this commandment of God, teaching instead the traditions of men (Mark 7:8). This is a most deliberate and willful defiance of God's holy law. The one who refuses to listen to the law must know this: "Even his prayer is an abomination" (Proverbs 28:9). God has made it clear that those who continue in the sin of idolatry will not inherit His kingdom (1 Cor. 6:9-10). "Their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Rev. 21:8).