From the very beginning God hated the people for turning to idolatry. Idolatry has several meaning in the Bible It not only means other gods, but any images created by man either with the used of woods, carvings, etc. It also means things that man focus himself to except God.
Here are several verses from the scripture about idolatry. You could find almost every thing about idols and idolatry in the words of God to the Prophets.
Deut 4:15” You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire: male or female. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, So, God did not show any images of Him.
Deut 6:10“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
7 “You shall have no other gods before me.8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments- This is the very first commandment of God Almighty.
Ezekiel 14: 3-4“Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests?
Isaiah 45:20″Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.-Catholic do this
Isaiah 46:7″They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Though one cries out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save him from his troubles.-Catholic do this
Isaiah 65:2-4“All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick; who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;-Catholic, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism do this: in short these are pagans practices
Jeremiah 2:25″Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, ‘It’s no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.‘-these are gods aside from the Almighty God.
Exodus 20:4″You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.– These are practices of the Pagans. Catholic does this-they create images of Jesus Christ, angels. Most people do believe in astrology such as: Chinese, Koreans, etc.
Jeremiah 8:2″ They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.-these are for people who refer to Horoscope, astrology, tarot reading, etc.
Habakkuk 2:18 “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.
Jeremiah 17:5″ This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.-this also implies you can depend on God for any illness in the body if you just trust the Lord and always depends on God for any help. Some men would refer to herb doctor or faith healer for the healing of illnesses.
Act 17:29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill.-See, people make images from gold, silver and or decorations of gold, silver, etc. on their idols.
Let me ask you some question? Are you sure that the image you are venerating which you kneel down in church or at home where you made altar is really Jesus Christ? Let me tell you this word of God in Isaiah 53:2-3 He grew up before him like a tender shoot and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
So, the picture of Jesus Christ we are seeing all the while was exactly the opposite of what He really looks like. I believe that the picture of Jesus Christ came about from the Shroud of Turin, which man created out of imagination and technology. I think the one reason why God doesn’t want us to kneel, pray before idols, because Satan can use these idols. Remember Satan can also make miracles in 2 Thess2″9-10 the coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
While being under the influenced of these idols you will never find the real path to the true God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, I could say religion can never save us, because these are part of religions practices. See this message of God to the people who idolize or who are into idolatry-“They perished because they refused to love the truth to be saved in 2 Thess2:10 (I was before) Now, I know I am walking the truth in Jesus Christ which I know is the true path. It is no a religious group, but a fellowship of knowing Jesus as our true God and only Savior.
Those are only a few examples. There are lots of them of which God spoken to His prophets about idolatry. You see the very first commandment of God was “Love your God above all things”. Our God is a jealous god that doesn’t want to share His glory to anybody. Therefore, believing in idols and other forms of idolatry is abominable to Him. Recently, a Sto Niño from Romblon which they called “Sto Niño de Romblon was given honor by the people. If you just look at the procession in honor of that idol, you will be disgusted on how they honor it. Can you really feel that that idol is God? Take heed from the Words of God for you not to be deceived and not be separated from the true God. Let’s not also venerate Mother Mary or any saints. Mother Mary did not tell us to venerate her. Mary was blessed because she was chosen by God; however, she did not come from Heaven. She was a woman on earth that God created. God, the Father did not give any authority of His glory to anybody except, Jesus Christ. He neither gave authority to those saints who were canonized by the Vatican. There was no such authority from Father in heaven for people to do such things. These dead people were not resurrected by God, while Jesus Christ came from God and was resurrected by God. Remember those important things for you not to be deceived. Therefore, it’s only accepting Jesus as your Savior is the true path to God.
To God Almighty Father, All glory, majesty, honor , power and authority through our Lord Jesus Christ, through all ages now and forevermore. AMEN.