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What’s in a Commandment #2 Idols

I’ve always looked at the 1st commandment and seen the 2nd commandment, which speaks of idols, as an extension of the first which says “have no other gods before me.”  As I noted in the first post, there are slight variations in how the 10 Commandments are listed.  You have a couple of different renditions of them in the Bible, in Exodus and Deuteronomy.  However, they match up.  It’s our human opinions that give us the slightly different interpretations.

So on to the second commandment!

2. 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. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them

Literally, this means to not make yourself something that you intend to worship!  Buddha or other religious statues for example could fall into this category.  Certain monuments could fall into this category.  For instance, there are various churches around that have stripped out old statues of important biblical figures and even statues and images of Jesus because of the potential for worshiping this “idol”.  You have to admit that a statue is NOT the real thing.

So, we have this fine line of our humanity to consider.  Our humanity often demands that we “see” something.  Don’t we have some need to view what we are worshiping?  I would argue that we do.  HENCE, the need for this commandment; a reminder to be vigilant regarding what we are worshiping.

Recently, on Facebook, a friend posted a really cool link to photos of an apartment stocked with tasteful Star Wars memorabilia.  It was slick.  Could the contents of this person’s apartment be considered idolatress?  I contend there is a fine line between an “idol” and having another “god before you”.

I would love to hear opinions on this!

In the end, most of us don’t willingly bow down and worship our TV, the ability to win a football game with only 15 minutes of offensive time (Peyton Manning), favorite toy, gold, or our car.  But our actions surrounding these “idols” may be akin to bowing down and worshiping.  Are you skirting the line?  Are there idols of your own creation that take the place of the rightful One who should be worshiped?


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