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Idolatory can mean literally, as in the worship of created physical objects, or metaphorically, meaning giving some other thing or concept priority over God.

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Arguments for and against images of God

I am orthodox christian and on my walls I have icons of Jesus and Saints. But theese days I thought of the stature Christ the Redeemer from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and I remembered some words from a ...
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How do Unitarians understand 1 Corinthians 1:2?

1 Corinthians 1:2 "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ ...
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Whom do Jehovah's Witnesses serve?

In a statement urging Israel to abandon idolatry and return to the Lord (Jehovah) Samuel says: And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your ...
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Whom do Biblical Unitarians serve?

In a statement urging Israel to abandon idolatry and return to the Lord (Jehovah) Samuel says: And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your ...
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Where in the Bible does it show the Israelites worshiping gods on their way to the promised land?

I can't remember where I found such a passage, but it is there somewhere. It even names some of the gods. If I remembered their names, then I could do a search. I need this information for a recent ...
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What is the difference between obeisance and worship? [closed]

After reading the answers to this question, I realized that many do not necessarily see it as idolatry if someone prostrates before someone else (e.g. Jesus), as long as it is done to pay obeisance ...
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Do Biblical Unitarians consider worshiping Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit as God to be idolatry?

Many Christians believe that Jesus is God (it's just a matter of realizing how widespread trinitarianism is, for example). However, there are Christians that go one step further and act on this belief,...
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Is belief or faith the same as idolatry? [closed]

So clearly there are a ton of biblical texts, the most famous being the second commandment against Idols. So given what we know about the nature of our brains today, I have a serious question: Is ...
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Does preaching a message of serving strange gods to the Jews mean preaching a message that was opposite to Torah? If so, who preached such a message? [closed]

It has been suggested, in a thread called "Resurrection and Deuteronomy 13", that Jesus preached a message teaching people to follow unknown gods, to treat Christ as God, to practice idolatry, and ...
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What would be a divine image of a form that is in the water below the earth?

And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am Yahweh, your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of slaves. There shall be for you no other gods before me. You shall not ...
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Does God will the diversity of religion?

According to this article: Pope Francis signed a document stating: The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He ...
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Does Judah's betrayal to Jesus have something to do with Judah's betrayal to Jehovah in OT (Jeremiah 2:23?)

Judah got sold for 30 silver coins and betrayed Jesus Judah (tribe) betrayed LORD by worshipping that false god Baal and other worthless idols Do these both incidents have something in common?
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Why are relics that can perform miracles not idols?

In reviewing the idol vs. icon issue, the top answer to What is the difference between icons and idols in churches that permit icons? defines an idol as "something worshipped as divine under the ...
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How do Catholics answer the question of idol worship within the faith?

I'm in no way trying to be disrespectful or anything like that and please do not take it as such. I would like to know how Catholics reconcile the fact that the Bible states: 4. Thou shalt not make ...
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Which Roman Catholic figure(s) has/have accused the Church of Mariolatry?

I seem to remember hearing that an early R.C.C. leader had accused the church of falling into Mariolatry—the worship of Mary. Have any popes or other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, especially ...
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Are Lutherans comfortable with worshipping a consecrated host or do they consider it to be idolatry?

Lutherans believe in a real, physical presence of Christ in the Eucharist, similar to Catholics. However they also believe that the bread and wine remain as bread and wine even after consecration. ...
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Is it permissible for a Catholic to pray the Salat?

I'm thinking of visiting a mosque on Wednesday. I've done this before a couple of years ago and it was a very valuable experience. The last time I visited I joined in the Salat and thought it was a ...
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Has the prohibition against construction and veneration of statues and images been abrogated?

I'm Catholic, so I subscribe to the idea that constructing and venerating images and statues is permissible and encouraged as a matter of Church dogma. However I must admit that I find it hard to ...
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What is the Christian (or commonly used) term for "god of relativism" (small g) in Tim Keller's book Hidden Christmas?

Tim Keller talks about a god of relativism (small g) in his book Hidden Christmas. This is an interesting phrase that feels familiar but I can't quite tie it down to a common term. (On the tip of my ...
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According to the Roman Catholic Church, is halal meat being offered up to idols?

For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that ye abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things ...
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Why do Catholics consider praying to Buddha to be idolatry and praying to Mary is not? [duplicate]

Mary and Buddha are both human and lived on earth (Mary 20BC and (Buddha 563 BCE). But why is it praying to Mary's statue called veneration and praying to Buddha an idolatry? Why Shadrach, Meshach ...
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Did Tertullian forbid Christians from being school teachers?

While reading Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language, I came across the following quote, in the context of how early Christians separated themselves from the world around them for fear of ...
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Where does the bible reference a pagan sun god that was worshipped by the pagan cultures surrounding Israel? [closed]

Where is a pagan sun god referenced in terms of the sun that was created by God?
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Have any Protestant leaders in Korea expressly supported the destruction of Buddhist statues?

In its discussion of inter-religion relations in South Korea, Wikipedia states: Buddhist statues have been considered as idols, attacked and decapitated. [...] Such acts, which are supported by ...
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Why do Syrian Orthodox churches use only paintings and not sculptures, unlike Catholic churches?

I am an Orthodox Christian, and in our church we don't have sculptures unlike Catholic churches in my area. We only have paintings and pictures. I don't know if this is because of the bull sculpture ...
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Why did Justin Martyr speak so harshly about Christians who ate meat sacrificed to idols?

In his Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter XXXV, Justin replies to Trypho's charge that Christians eat meat sacrificed to idols by saying that such people serve to show more distinctly who are the true ...
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Where does Calmet write when idolatry began?

I saw someone mention that Calmet writes that idolatry was started by Ham or his son Canaan. Where can I find this passage in Calmet's writings?
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Does St. Thomas Aquinas think idolatry is the main cause of homosexuality?

Is idolatry the main cause of homosexuality according to St. Thomas Aquinas? How does he interpret Romans 1:24-25: Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart [because they "...
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Can the Bible become an idol? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a danger that the Bible could become an idol and I might indirectly worship it without realizing it. We say the Bible is the word of God. It is divinely inspired so putting ...
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Is Tim Keller's view of idolatry Biblical? [duplicate]

I just finished reading Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor. In it, he says that in Ezekiel, there is a part where it talks about idols within the heart, "which involves making good things into ultimate ...
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Why was Jehu considered a "bad" king of Israel?

He started off well by killing Jezebel, thereby ridding the country of an evil presence. Where did he go wrong afterward? Did he for instance, adopt her idolatrous practices (or similar ones)?
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What is the Biblical basis for idolatry being "things" we put higher than God?

In at least the Evangelical circles I'm involved in, we often suggest that "modern idolatry" is idols of the heart - things we put before God - and is described as the same as idolatry that is ...
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What are the 'things offered to idols'? [closed]

What are the 'things offered to idols' written about in Acts 15:29 and the 'things polluted by idols' of Acts 15:20? How was this understood by the Apostles and their followers? On what laws in the ...
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Why did God tell Moses to make a bronze serpent on a stick? [closed]

In Numbers 21:4-9, Moses makes a bronze serpent on a stick to heal the Hebrews' snake bites, as per God's instructions. They don't worship it, but they are to look at it in order to live. Isn't this ...
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Are Naaman's actions considered an exception to God's laws? [closed]

2 Kings 5:18–19 (NIV) 18 But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also—when ...
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Can I get some help understanding the exact definition of an Idol, and Worshiping an Idol? [closed]

My definition of and Idol is hyper sensitive. Because at the moment I see it as a thing. Like this laptop for example. I have a great fear of Worshiping Idols. Like for example I am under the ...
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Commandment about idols and idolatry in OT

God continually tells people throughout the Hebrew Bible to not turn to idolatry. Exodus 20:4: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven ...
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What is the basis of the non catholic denominations to hold catholics as Idolaters

I was reading this article on an authoritative bible site . I was wondering what is the doctrinal bases to hold Catholics as Idolaters Here is the excerpt: Life Magazine, reporting the ceremonies ...
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What guidance has Scripture or church fathers offered on how to deal with sacred objects of other religions?

I've heard of a case of a Christian tearing up a prayer booklet of another religion in a somewhat violent manner. Is this action in tune with Christian tradition or conflict with any biblical edicts?
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How does Christianity define idolatry?

How does Christianity define idolatry which is prohibited in the 2nd of the ten commandments? Is there any general consensus among the different branches or are there different opinions? What are the ...
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Were humans worshipped as gods in Biblical times?

Word "god" in Bible is not always interpreted as idols but sometimes they are depicted as humans like in these following verses. Ex. 12:12 I will pass through the land of Egypt in the same ...
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What do churches that prohibit the use of icons think an idol is?

In the Orthodox and the Catholic Church icons and statues are permitted, and members of those churches look at such in much the same way they look at photographs of loved ones. We also talk to people ...
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What is the difference between icons and idols in churches that permit icons?

There are a number of Protestants that say the use of the images and statues in the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is idolatry. I know that these churches call certain images "icons", but I ...
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Idolatry in churches allowed? [closed]

It is very frequent to see idols of Jesus or any biblical entities in a Church , So is such idolatry allowed by the bible,considering the following verses? "You must not make for yourself an idol ...
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"Actor's idolatry" problem - is it a sin? [closed]

Let's imagine an actor, a good Christian. As a part of his role of some pagan, he prays to Zeus or other ancient deity on stage. He just plays the role and there is no inclination to Zeus behind his ...
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Is Catholicism heretical due to perceived idolatry? [closed]

The King James Bible says, Exodus 20:3-6 KJV 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven ...
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Of whom is God jealous?

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate ...
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Christians showing purported satanic signs

I have read about satanic symbols and signs and that made me conscious of people around me doing them. Christians, relatives, people I know who I believe cannot belong to any cult. Here are the common ...
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What's the point of the second commandment? [closed]

If the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" means that God, and God alone is to be worshipped, why do we have the Second Commandment? Aren't idols covered in the First ...
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What is the Catholic position on Exodus 20:4?

This weekend my son and I participated in our Scouting council's annual Ten Commandments hike in which we walked to 10 different churches and heard a short talk on each of the 10 commandments from ...
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