Idolatry is the worship of idols. Idols are images of deity, animals, etc as an object of worship, object of excessive or supreme adulation. Idols are gods.
Although there is only one true living God ‘I AM’, there are also other gods and man can turn anything to be a god; an idol. God hates idolatry; He is a jealousy God and He punishes severely for this sin.
Having occupied Canaan, Israel was constantly tempted to absorb the worship of the Canaanite gods and goddesses. Severally they failed by absorbing and mixing the worship of ‘I AM’ with other gods; bringing the worship of the Canaanites into the worship of ‘I AM’, and in the process they forgot their true God who brought them out of Egypt. In addition, they also made images of ‘I AM’ and they idolized other objects, which is a breach of the law.
In times of Prophet Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Hosea, the worship of other gods was so ripe and pronounced within the children of Israel. God always had to intervene and punished the children of Israel for them to remember that He is the only true living God and to abandon the worship of other gods. Due to their disobedience, in times of Jeremiah, God send the Babylonians and they were carried to captivity for forty years in Babylon.
In the wilderness, those who worshiped the golden calf were destroyed instantly and God had to keep the children of Israel in wilderness for forty years to wipe out that disobedient generation. 1 Cor 10:5: But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. This demonstrates how God hates idolatry and how severely He punishes.
In today’s world and in the churches, the worship of idols is ripe and even being practiced without fear. Like the children of Israel, the church has taken the worship of other gods of the world and mixed with worship of ‘I AM’. Images of God (deity) are everywhere even inside the churches and men have turned these images to be idols of worship; they kneel before them and pray.
Man and the world (Satan) can turn anything to be an idol. As I revealed in the article; you shall have no other god. There are so many gods (idols) now in the world and many men are blindly worshiping them, giving them total allegiance. Money, pleasure, sex, drugs, fame, power, education, knowledge, wisdom, games, electronics and many more are things which Satan has given men as idols (gods) and man has turned her/his life to be dependent and worthy to these worldly perishing things.
Idols enslave their worshipers through lies and blind superstition. Satanic angels (demons) operate through idols making them a positive spiritual menace. Through these demonic spirits, black magic and lies like pharaohs, they hold man captive in belief that they can save her/him but the truth is idols are nothing.
All idols have same characteristics. Check them out in the next article; Characteristics of idols.