What Does The Bible Say About Idolatry?

What Does The Bible Say About Idolatry?

Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims

Psalms 96:7 – Let them be all confounded that adore graven things, and that glory in their idols. Adore him, all you his angels:

Wisdom 14:12-27 – For the beginning of fornication is the devising of idols: and the invention of them is the corruption of life.  For neither were they from the beginning, neither shall they be for ever.  For by the vanity of men they came into the world: and therefore they shall be found to come shortly to an end.  For a father being afflicted with bitter grief, made to himself the image of his son who was quickly taken away: and him who then had died as a man, he began now to worship as a god, and appointed him rites and sacrifices among his servants. Then in process of time, wicked custom prevailing, this error was kept as a law, and statues were worshipped by the commandment of tyrants.  And those whom men could not honour in presence, because they dwelt far off, they brought their resemblance from afar, and made an express image of the king whom they had a mind to honour: that by this their diligence, they might honour as present, him that was absent.  And to worshipping of these, the singular diligence also of the artificer helped to set forward the ignorant.  For he being willing to please him that employed him, laboured with all his art to make the resemblance in the best manner.  And the multitude of men, carried away by the beauty of the work, took him now for a god that a little before was but honoured as a man. And this was the occasion of deceiving human life: for men serving either their affection, or their kings, gave the incommunicable name to stones and wood.  And it was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God, but whereas they lived in a great war of ignorance, they call so many and so great evils peace.  For either they sacrifice their own children, or use hidden sacrifices, or keep watches full of madness,  So that now they neither keep life, nor marriage undefiled, but one killeth another through envy, or grieveth him by adultery:  And all things are mingled together, blood, murder, theft and dissimulation, corruption and unfaithfulness, tumults and perjury, disquieting of the good, Forgetfulness of God, defiling of souls, changing of nature, disorder in marriage, and the irregularity of adultery and uncleanness.  For the worship of abominable idols is the cause, and the beginning and end of all evil.

Romans 1:23-25 – and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.


What Does The Bible Say About The Grace of God?

What Does The Bible Say About The Grace of God?

Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims

Psalms 50:17 – O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise.

Psalms 64:10 – Thou hast visited the earth, and hast plentifully watered it; thou hast many ways enriched it. The river of God is filled with water, thou hast prepared their food: for so is its preparation.

Psalms 71:6 – He shall come down like rain upon the fleece; and as showers falling gently upon the earth.

Psalm 79:4,19 – Convert us, O God: and shew us thy face, and we shall be saved. […] And we depart not from thee, thou shalt quicken us: and we will call upon thy name.

Wisdom 16:25 – Therefore even then it was transformed into all things, and was obedient to thy grace that nourisheth all, according to the will of them that desired it of thee.

Ecclesiasticus 24:25-27 – In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb.

Ecclesiasticus 40:17 – Grace is like a paradise in blessings, and mercy remaineth for ever.

Isaiah 12:3 – With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Luke 12:49 – “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!

John 1:16-17 – And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:4 – I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 12:4 – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 15:10 – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me.

Ephesians 1:3,6 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, […]  to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

1 Timothy 1:14 – and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

What Does The Bible Say About Faith?

What Does The Bible Say About Faith?

Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims

Wisdom 7:14 – for it is an unfailing treasure for men; those who get it obtain friendship with God, commended for the gifts that come from instruction.

Wisdom 7:22-23 – For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.

Wisdom 8:4 – For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God, and an associate in his works.

Wisdom 15:3 – For to know thee is complete righteousness, and to know thy power is the root of immortality.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practice steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the Lord.”

Hosea 2:20 –  I will betroth you to me in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord.

John 17:3 – And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.

John 20:29 – Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

Romans 1:17 -For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.”

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

1 Corinthians 13:12-13 – For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

2 Corinthians 5:7 – for we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Hebrews 11:1-3 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval. By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.

James 2:19 -You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder.