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What is Idolatry?

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What is Idolatry? During a four way phone conversation with my friends, we began questioning what idolatry really was. Idolatry is considered a major sin by Christians. It is defined as the worship of an image, idea or object as opposed to the worship of a superior being. Some of my friends though fail to understand what idolatry is about. They considered idolatry to only be about the image that was portrayed by the Bible of the Israelites adoring the golden calf. They fail to understand that there are many different forms of idolatry. Idolatry is not only about worshipping a golden calf. An obsessive desire to earn money is idolatry; egocentrism and greed (strong desires for sex, money, fame and recognition) ...read more.


We are fooled by all the hype to be thin like many of our favorite celebrities. As a result, we end up starving ourselves in the hopes of fitting into a size zero jeans or we pump our bodies with steroids to attain rock hard abs. These anorexic, bulimic and bigorexic behavior has forced many of us to be hospitalized. Eating Disorders are not glamorous, but very dangerous. Some teens imitate celebrities because they lack confidence. Teens who are shy and lack personality may find that imitating their favorite star or their favorite star's performance in a movie as an escape for their boring lives. Some of us will even take it to a whole other extreme, by going under the knives to have some resemblance of their favorite celebrity. ...read more.


We do not get long- term guaranteed satisfaction out of these things. Unlike God, these things are not here to say; they will come and go as quickly as you can snap your fingers. Vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. In religious teachings, vanity is considered a form of self-idolatry, in which one rejects God for the sake of one's own image. Many of us, like the story of Narcissus, find ourselves being trapped as we attend to a pernicious aspect of vanity. Like John Lennon who cited that the Beatles were more famous than God or when we cover our bodies with tattoos and piercing. Idolatry is the universal human tendency to value something or someone in a way that hinders the love and trust we owe to God. p.s question 2 (b) ...read more.

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