Anything that takes the place of the one real God in our lives is referred to as an idol. It could be anything that appeals to our own hearts more than God and takes up a substantial portion of our time, leaving us with little or no time to spend with Him. While the Bible expressly forbids idolatry (Jeremiah 25:6; Exodus 20:5), many Christians today worship idols without realizing it.
Unlike in the past, when idol worship entailed kneeling down to statues and items associated with pagans in many societies, modern idol worship entails a variety of insatiable desires and appetites fueled by man's sinful nature. This focuses everyone's attention on him, excluding God from the equation (Isaiah 42:8).
It can also be expressed by describing and painting God in ways that are opposed to clear and complete biblical doctrines, but that show Him in ways that suit personal beliefs and ideologies (2Timothy 4:3). Self-worship manifested via relentless pursuit and realization of goals and desires in which God is excluded is a common kind of modern-day idolatry.This may also include ‘materialism' – a high or excessive respect for worldly belongings (1Corinthians 7:31; Colossians 3:5); and ‘pride and ego,' which typically takes the shape of an obsession with careers, business, or employment in order to elevate social status (1Corinthians 7:31; Colossians 3:5). (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23; Proverbs 8:13).
‘idolizing fellow humans' – this clings to the illusion that man is the lord of his world due to scientific and technological breakthroughs, e.g. music stars/actors, footballers, ministers of God, politicians, spouses, and so on; ‘naturalism and the power of science' – this clings to the illusion that man is the lord of his world due to scientific and technological breakthroughs; ‘naturalism and the power of science' (2 Peter 3:10-13). Alcohol, narcotics, excessive television viewing, excessive and abnormal use of social media (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, etc. ), clubbing/partying, pornography, and gambling are examples of ‘self-indulgence' (1Corinthians 10:31).
Modern-day idolatry, like traditional idolatry, will bring a divine curse onto the perpetrators (Daniel 4:30-33). It frequently results in disobedience to the Lord's commandments and teachings (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 3:1-4) and a loss of passion for God's things (2Timothy 4:10). Other implications to be aware of include generational separation from the one true God (Hosea 4:17) and eternal separation from God (1Samuel 2:29-36).
All modern idolatry is based on the adoration of one's own self. It is forbidden by God (Exodus 20:3). It is a life-long war that must be fought in the Christian life (Ephesians 6:11; 2Timothy 2:3).
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