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.

 

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