Idols have no power; "Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands, have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not, have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not; They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk, do not talk to their throats. Like them are those who make them, and anyone who trusts in them. "Psalms 1154-8
Idol: Image of a false god, person or thing loved to excess. Idolatry: Worship of idols. Before the advent of Christ, most of humanity was idolatrous. It was definitely the oldest form of worship prior to the invocation of benign or malignant spirits to which they attributed the things that could not be explained. Idolatry in the Hebrew people was opposed by Moses, David and Solomon. The idolatrous cult had its greatest development in Egypt, Greece and Rome. It was also generally among American Indians.
"Part of it he burns in the fire, with half he eats meat, roasts, and is satisfied: then heated and says: Oh! I am warm, I have seen the fire and makes the remainder a god, his idol. Prostrates himself before he adores, and begs saying, Deliver me, for You are my God. "Isaiah 4416-17
An idol is a person or thing that takes the place of God in the life, home and hearts of men and women. An idol, besides being people, artists and celebrities, is far beyond that. An idol can be demons lair. For objects of wood, stone or plaster used in cults Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, which some are still used today, can accommodate demons that divert the love and devotion that people should have the one God of Israel, the God we serve.
Idols are an abomination to God, and we must not engage in any form of worship or veneration to images, pictures or representations of the divine. Even the dictionary describes idols as false gods. Some churches accept and hold that the idols to callers images serve to sustain the faith of the faithful. But God's word contradicts this teaching for faith is:
"It is therefore, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
The word of God defines faith as being sure of what to expect in our requests for prayer to God, believing what is not. Everyone who needs an image to have faith, not having the faith to be saved. Your faith depends on images, and the images do not hear or see or save. True faith in God is heard, not seen.
"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17
The Word of God is very clear about it. If we accept that an image can be an object of faith, we are taught that faith comes from seeing, and hearing the word of God. It also denies the evidence of things not seen. Idols are not pleasing to God, for His word says are an abomination to God.
"They do not know or understand, because shut their eyes to see, and heart to not understand. It runs for, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say: Part of it I burned in the fire, and I cooked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Will I make the residue thereof an abomination? I fall down from a tree trunk? Ash is fed deceived heart hath turned him aside, that his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie I have in my right hand? "Isaiah 44:18-20
The idols, far from increasing the faith of the faithful, the diverted servitude. Believe, offer sacrifices to their saints, bring their offerings of food and drink and money to the holy shrines in all, in the days of patron saints festivities, but this far closer to God, away from God. For it is written that he who puts his faith in them, and bows before them, is deceived and diverted so that his soul is not free. Some churches hold that the images are necessary to sustain the faith and worship them.
They argue that it is necessary to picture images and figures that his faith is fixed on these images and not the idols that we "offer" through images in television, film and newspapers. But that's dangerous, because putting a cover image to another, is like building a cathedral on the ruins of a pyramid in which blood sacrifices, to found the house on the error and deception. And Jesus said fundáramos the house on the Rock, Jesus Christ our savior and nothing or no one else.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
The view of images does not produce faith. Faith, according to the Bible which is the word of God, is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. So I do not need the saint to whom God made miracles to believe that God did miracles. I believe that just as God did miracles in my life because I believed by faith, so does every day around the world to all who believe. God's miracles are not unique to the saints. Salvation itself, through Jesus Christ is a miracle that happens every day around the world, every second one is saved. And those who believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior know that He lives, and we need no image of any saint to believe. Well if he's alive, why look among the dead for the living?
"And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said, Why seek the dead on the living? He is not here, but is risen. "Luke 24:5-6
Some of the saints whom God performed miracles, people who had a personal encounter with Christ, and Christ is the one who did the work on them. Therefore, we should not worship the holy-creation-but the Creator-the works made by the person. Worship God, praise Him, God alone is the miracle worker.
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen "Romans 1:25
Some people say they do not worship images, I pray and believe they make miracles, but do not worship them, but they revere. The truth is that to bow before them, and offer sacrifices, offerings and demands, believing that images are hear and listen to their pleas. They also believe that the saints, even the blessed Mary, make intercession for them.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" 1 Timothy 2:5
GOD'S WORD AGAIN contradict this popular belief: God wants you to look for a picture for you to believe. God wants us to look at him and believe.
"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and no more. "Isaiah 45:22
"Who art like me, and I igualas and compare me, that we may be like? Extract gold from the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, hire a goldsmith to make a god; fall down and worship. Him upon the shoulder, take him, put him in his place and there is no move from its site. They yell and no answer, nor save the tribulation. "Isaiah 46:5-7
The worship of images is not only an abomination to God, but it is a very dangerous habit. The word of God warns us that in the last days the Antichrist will make people worship his image. If you're used to worship or venerate images of saints, virgins and creatures, when he, the antichrist and want to worship his image, are we going to recognize? Or accept it for something good? To find out what pleases God and what does not, he left his word as a lamp to our feet. And the word of God does not lie, nor does shifting shadows.
The origin of the worship or veneration of idols and images is of pagan origin, and behind all pagan worship is Satan. The dictionary tells us that Egypt, Greece and Rome practiced idol worship long before the advent of Christ. And If Christ came to confirm all writing and law as true, we will make us of the "blind eye" on what to idols and images you mean?
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them: for I am the Lord your God. "Deuteronomy ª 5:6-9
The larger of the Bible, like Moses who was standing before God, David, held communion with God and Solomon who built a house for God, we forbade idolatry. If they, who were truly holy, no images or idols in churches, then why accept images of virgins, saints and even children who allegedly had an encounter with God? Why not pray to Moses, or Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon? All were men of God.
Why do not pray to Mary the Blessed Mother of our Lord, or Joseph her husband, or Peter, John, James, James, Stephen or any of the apostles? Because we forbade themselves. With his words and actions, we worship them banned them. Even the angels in heaven forbid us we prostrate to them and worship. Because only God can receive our prayer, listen and act accordingly. And for God to hear us, all we need is Jesus in our hearts, for He is God.
"And the angel said unto me, Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding of the Lamb. And I said: These are true words of God. I fell at his feet to worship. And he said to me, do not do it, I am your fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. "
Revelation 19: 9-10
If it was necessary that an angel appeared to John the apostle and told him not to worship angels or any fellow here, ie those who hold the testimony of Jesus, including Mary his mother, all apostles and all the saints that were to have a personal encounter with the Lord, that preformaran miracles in the name of the Lord, who have the revelation of the Holy Spirit, or Jesus in their hearts.
The angel forbade John, and forbids us to us. The angel confirms the true Word of God, and God in His word tells us that we do not. No worship or worship at us any image, idol, beast or god. Only the Lord of hosts will receive all our worship and praise. Only Jesus Christ His Son. And no one else.
"And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it? Revelation 13:4
"And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship. "Revelation 13:14-15
In Isaiah 44:18-20 God says that those who worship idols are being deceived in their hearts that their souls are slaves. In the book of Revelation or Apocalypse God tells us through the Apostle John that the dragon-Satan is worshiped by deception. In the beginning deceived people to be lost. In the end, kill everyone who does not worship him, or worship his image.
Behind idolatry is Satan, the dragon, who deceives people and churches to worship, revere and believe in images, preparing the way for the coming of the Antichrist. So God told us not to worship any image, including the image of the beast. Because God loves us and wants us to be preventing deceived by Satan.
Only God can show you the truth and only the truth can cast out the spirit of error. But if you believe, scallops or have images in your home, in your church and I pray, will bow down before them and they offer sacrifices of money, viands or offerings, you're one of the millions who are in serious danger of being deceived by the beast, Satan, who in recent times is a man.
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is man's number. And his number is Six hundred threescore and six. "Revelation 13:17-18
Only the inhabitants of the earth whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb will worship the beast and his image. Everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, is baptized and born again, his name is written in the Lamb's book, and not worship any image or be deceived, or be lost. Believe in the Word of God to guide and lamp to your feet to not be deceived. Do not believe in doctrines of pagan origin, even in the most illustrious men tell you to believe, but read the Bible and find God's plan for your life, of his commands and be obedient to His word to live.
"We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us: he that is not of God heareth not us. In this you shall know the spirit of truth, the spirit of error. "
1 John 4:6
"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life: he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. "1 John 5:11
"We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. But we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true, and we are in the true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols "
1 John 5:20-21
Jesus Christ alone be all honor, HONOR, majesty, praise, worship and adoration, FOR EVER AND EVER, AMEN. Praise His name!
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