Tag Archives: Idolatry

Seven Deadly Sins: Idolatry

Just as Nature abhors a vacuum, so does the spiritual realm. “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get … Continue reading

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“Is there no God in Israel?”

II Kings 1 Ahaziah’s reaction to his accident was typical of his family: ignoring Yahweh, who was nominally his own God, he sent an embassy to a pagan deity to make an offering on his behalf (verse 2). Baal-Zebub’s shrine … Continue reading

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Duel of the Deities

I Kings 18:21-39 Popular religion sees no problem with worshipping several gods. In Elijah’s time, the Israelites naturally assumed that Baal was the god for blessing agriculture, but still reckoned that Yahweh might be a better bet for warfare. In … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a legalist?

Matthew 19:16-21 Many Christians find this incident confusing. When the rich young man asks how to gain eternal life, why does Jesus tell him to keep the Law (verse 17)? Is Jesus implying that we can be saved by obeying … Continue reading

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Link of the month: The precipice

This article is from Australia. Although I’m not familiar with the details of the same-sex marriage debate there, the issues have been pretty similar throughout the Western world. Everywhere, the concept of same-sex marriage (as distinct from civil partnership, which … Continue reading

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Verse of the month: July 2017

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25) Can water that is stagnant and filthy be made clean – clean enough … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Idolatry again

Numbers 25 Finally the Israelites come to the east bank of the River Jordan, on the border of the country of Moab and within a stone’s-throw of their goal. And at this point, at the very end of their long … Continue reading

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