What is idolatry?

This probably seems like an odd question since the subject of idolatry is one of the most repeatedly covered topics in Scripture.  The question however, is not whether God commands against idolatry, which He most assuredly does, but what exactly is idolatry?  The argument has been made that when praying to an image or a statue, it is not idolatry as long as it’s done in reverence to the person or “saint” the image represents, and as long as you do it in worship of and love for God.

In Ex 20 (the Ten Commandments) God commands against worshiping “graven images or any likeness” stating “You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them.”  God is so adamant about this that it takes three verses to cover this one commandment and He refers to the idolaters as “them that hate Me”.

images of idolatry
Do any of these men hate God?

Webster defines idolatry as “the worship of a physical object as a god.”  This is a very simple and concise definition, but it does not cover the full scope.  What about the worship of God through a physical object?  Does God appreciate your worship even if it comes through a statue or a painting or a “holy” wall or a big black box?  As long as you are worshiping God why does it matter how you do it?

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What exactly about “Good Friday” is Good?

The Friday before “Easter” is celebrated in religious tradition as the day when Y’hoshua (Jesus) was crucified and placed in the tomb.  It is difficult to imagine what sort of mindset would identify the day Y’hoshua was murdered as “Good.”  Some claim that the term “Good” simply means “pious” or “holy” but again, what is holy or pious about the day the “Son of God” was murdered.  Do you think that God considers the day his Son was killed to be Good?  Roman Catholic doctrine considers Jesus to be God incarnate which is even more absurd to think that men not only killed God but celebrate the deed.  What kind of god can be killed by his own creation?  Consider what happened to those who sought to kill God at the Tower of Babel.

The Murder of Y’hoshua – Good or Evil?

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The Pagan Origins of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th

According to Wikipedia, “Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.” This doesn’t really give much information! The truth is the whole tradition of Patrick is nothing but a deception designed to make the Irish people forget their heritage and follow Roman Catholicism. Continue reading “The Pagan Origins of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th”

Is that Lent in your pocket?

During this time of year – some might ask – Why don’t you do lent?  My answer is Why do it?  Anyone who has had a child knows that the number one question asked of a parent is “Why?”  This is a valid question that must needs be answered here.  If you consider God’s Word, there is no mention of Lent the way it is practiced today.  Why?!  Lent is the pre-cursor to the most important “holy-day” according to some, so why is the practice not found in the Word of God?  Did Moses say “thou shalt put ash on your forehead on the Wednesday after Fat Tuesday and give up something for forty days?”  Most definitely-he did not!   Therefore – we can deduce that this practice has It’s roots elsewhere.

According to Alexander Hislop in his book The Two Babylons, the forty days’ abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess (Ishtar – Astarte – the Queen of Heaven) … Among the Pagans this Lent seems to have been an indispensable preliminary to the great annual festival in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Tammuz, which was celebrated by alternate weeping and rejoicing … Continue reading “Is that Lent in your pocket?”

Valentine’s Day? or The god of love?

In 2017 retail spending for Valentine’s day is expected to reach $19 billion.

This is not a “holy” day; It is the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration which eventually was “Christianized” in 496 by a pope – like many other pagan festivals.

This video exposes the origins of this practice used to prosper the merchants of the earth.

“And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of your mouth.” Exo 23:13

 

Is Easter Holy?

Is Easter a true holiday, or holy day, in the eyes of God?  The majority of those calling themselves “Christian” think that they practice the customs of Easter in order to worship God; however, they are dead wrong

Many were brought up to believe that Easter is a magical day celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, which involved painted eggs, the Easter Bunny, and hot cross buns.  It might spoil the fun, but every tradition surrounding Easter has its roots in paganism and, in reality, has nothing to do with Jesus at all.  In fact, if one looks up “Easter” in the dictionary, they will find the word “pagan” in the definition somewhere.  For example, Webster’s defines Easter as “originally a pagan festival in honor of the Goddess of Spring, Eastre, held in April”. Continue reading “Is Easter Holy?”