Idols in the Bible Are More Than Statues

Jamin Bradley

We moderns tend to think that the people of Bible times were idiotic enough to believe that they could create their own gods by melting a bunch of gold together and bowing down before it. But this kind of thinking makes no sense for people of any time. If ancient people thought they were slaves to the gods, how could they build a god? Wouldn’t that make them superior to the god they had just created? Furthermore, who in their right mind would look at a statue and decide to give their lives to serving it?

“Well they’re ancient people,” we might say. “That’s just the way they thought back then.”

But that logic continues to fall flat, especially when we look at the Israelites, whose chief sin throughout the ages was to turn away from the one true God and go on to serve the false gods over and…

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