Just what is Idolatry?

statue in Europe ©j. salzano
Humanity from the beginning has wanted some thing greater than themselves to worship and believe in. Many who never even heard of the one true God would worship the stars, the sun, the moon, and any creature they made from rock or wood.  They would have many "gods". One for the god of water for they needed water, a "god" of the harvest, or a "god" of war so they would win the wars. Not knowing and not wanting to know in many cases of the One true God who through the word made and created all things.  It is amazing the length of worship some people would go through as they truly believe this man made god hears them and can do something for them.  How dedicated they are to serving these masters, and how much they were ready to sacrifice for to appease or get what they needed, wanted from them.  When in fact they can do nothing.  Worshiping the creation but ignoring the creator.  Satan has worshippers too.  However Satan has one objective and that is the total destruction of humanity.  He is more than happy to have worshippers help him do this as they are lead blindly by him to their own doom.  They are unaware who satan really is. That he was created by God and turned from his great purpose to evil jealously and hate toward mankind because they, the humans of this world,  are to become God's family.  His own children and heir to the kingdom of God to come.

Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,  
Envying's, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.Gal 5:19-21

Throughout the Holy Word of God we find that Idolatry is against God. When I was young and learning God's ways, I thought what is it for us today?  Most who call themselves christian do not have little sculpted images of things and bow down and worship them as we see in movies or read about.  Do not offer sacrifices to them or spend most our time thinking about them as if they were a god. Which by the way, Angels are not to be worshipped, or any person like Mary the mother of Jesus Christ or the rock where Christ was buried!   God clearly is very angry with idol worship for His people! (Do your own study of idolatry or idol worship.)
When we put anything before God it is making that item more important than God.  It is even called IDOL worship to some types of music or musicians, singers, artists, movie stars.  Though not called it, we worship many other things and mostly we worship our own efforts , the things we make, what we accomplish.  All with the "me, myself, and I" greatly used.  we think "I did it, look at what I have done etc.in great pride) and pride is not a good thing either!  We  worship things.  Our grown up "toys" like houses, boats, cars, or our money.  
When in fact, we own nothing but what God has given us at any given time. 
One might even worship their own church building and pastor over God. Giving it more of our time, or influence than we allow God to have in directing our paths.   We seem to be really into "doing" a lot.  What we do.  We give money to the poor, we serve at church, we go to some distant land and help the poor yet at home we yell at our family, we put our money first for ourselves, or we ignore the poor down the street.    Some of the these things are not bad in themselves but may be idolatry in our heart and intent. Trying to look good for others.  When in reality we need to be doing them for God and because we do have love for others. Those people do not do things to be seen by man but do them as much as possible in secret. 
Food can be our idol or even the medical profession!  When we put all our faith and trust in something or someone over God it becomes our god.  

It is a daily evaluation of ourselves to see where we might be idolizing something other than God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord.  The battle is won first in our minds. Thus the constant taking stock of what we think about.  What are you thinking about all day the most?  When you find that out you will know what your God is .......

But instead we shall........
Gal 5:22-26  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another
Here is a beautiful statue to granite. A nice rock and it took a lot of effort but def. not to be worshipped.  A person created it out of materials God created.  Thus only God should be worshipped.  No I do not think anyone worships this statue but the point is it was created by a human being that God created thus is lower than God.  

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