What Is Idolatry? Sight Some Examples Of Idoatry In Today's World.

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Idolatry is the worship of false gods, but often we do not recognize false gods in our life. In ancient times people worshipped the sun, moon and stars. They also worshipped trees, animals, serpents and even kings and emperors.

Some the Israelites became angry with God and melted down all their gold and made a golden calf, which they began to worship. .

Today we have created new forms of false gods like money, power over others, materialism, even sports can become our false god. When we become consumed by our desire to own, or possess something causing us to turn away from God, and His command to Love Him, and our neighbour as our self we are creating our own false god.

Other forms of false worship are astrology, Satanism, witchcraft, and other forms of worship, which undermine our faith and cause us to turn away from God our Creator.
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An idol is any physical representation of a thing we covet after in our heart. The idol can be any person, object, position, relationship or experience that we imagine will provide what our heart is coveting. The idol itself need not be corrupt but our coveting corrupts our relationship to it. An idol symbolizes and epitomizes for us what it takes to feel secure, loved and accepted, significant and fulfilled. Idolatry begins with this conceptual idolization but then drives us to work, sacrifice and make compromises in order to possess or model ourselves after the object of our affection. Our consumer driven, materialistic, entertainment saturated, pleasure driven culture is full of idolatry. Idolatry is a vain pursuit, a long dead end road, groped along by the blind and ignorant that only leads to disillusionment, desperation and despair.
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Giving worship to anyone or anything other than the True God mentioned at Psalms 83:18.

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Idol  For types of biblical idolatry, see: Idolatry. Idols mentioned in the Bible:    1.Hebrew: Teraphim, plural, meaning: “images;” “a family idol”. These were family gods (penates) worshipped by Abram's kindred (Josh. 24:14 - "put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt"). “Teraphim” are mentioned by name six times in the Bible: Judg. 17:5; 18:14, 17,18,20; Hosea 3:4. Michal put one in David's bed (1 Sam. 19:13).    2.Hebrew: Matztzebah, meaning: Something stationed, i.e. A column or (memorial stone); a “statue” set up (Jer. 43:13); a memorial stone like that erected by Jacob (Gen. 28:18; 31:45; 35:14, 20), by Joshua (Joshua 4:9), and by Samuel (1 Sam. 7:12). It is the name given to the statues of Baal (2 Kings 3:2; 10:27).    3.Hebrew: Chamman or Hammanim, meaning: “sun-images” or “sun-pillars.” Hamman is a synonym of Baal, the sun-god of the Phoenicians (2 Chr. 34:4, 7; 14:3,5; Isa. 17:8).    4.Hebrew: Aven - idol, meaning: “nothingness;” “vanity” (Isa. 66:3; 41:29; Deut. 32:21; 1 Kings 16:13; Ps. 31:6; Jer. 8:19, etc.).    5.Hebrew: 'Elil, meaning: “a thing of naught” (Ps. 97:7; Isa. 19:3); a word of contempt, used of the gods of Noph (Ezek. 30:13).    6.Hebrew: 'Emah, meaning: “terror,” in allusion to the hideous form of idols (Jer. 50:38).    7.Hebrew: Miphletzeth, meaning: “a fright;” “horror” (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chr. 15:16).    8.Hebrew: Bosheth, meaning: “shame;” “shameful thing” (Jer. 11:13; Hosea 9:10); as characterizing the obscenity of the worship of Baal.    9.Hebrew: Gillulim, (a word of contempt), meaning: “dung;” “refuse” (Ezek. 16:36; 20:8; Deut. 29:17, marg.).    10.Hebrew: Shikkuts, meaning: “filth;” “impurity” (Ezek. 37:23; Nahum 3:6).    11.Hebrew: Semel, meaning: “likeness;” "a carved image" (Deut. 4:16).    12.Hebrew: Tselem, meaning: “a shadow” (Dan. 3:1; 1 Sam. 6:5), as distinguished from the “likeness,” or the exact counterpart.    13.Hebrew: Temunah, meaning: “similitude” (Deut. 4:12-19). Here Moses forbids the several forms of Gentile idolatry.    14.Hebrew: 'Atsab, meaning: “a figure;” from the root “to fashion,” “to labor;” denoting that idols are the result of man's labor (Isa. 48:5; Ps. 139:24, “wicked way;” literally, as some translate, “way of an idol”).    15.Hebrew: Tsir, meaning: “a form;” “shape” (Isa. 45:16).    16.Hebrew: Maskith, meaning: “device” (Lev. 26:1; Num. 33:52). In Lev. 26:1, the words “image of stone” (King James Version) denote "a stone or cippus with the image of an idol, as Baal, Astarte, etc." In Ezek. 8:12, “chambers of imagery” (maskith), are "chambers of which the walls are painted with the figures of idols;" compare ver. 10,11.    17.Hebrew: Pesel, meaning: “a graven” or “carved image” (Isa. 44:10-20). It denotes also a figure cast in metal (Deut. 7:25; 27:15; Isa. 40:19; 44:10).    18.Hebrew: Massekah, meaning: “a molten image” (Deut. 9:12; Judg. 17:3,4).

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