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The words altars and idols bring to mind stacked stones or stone-carved idols. The idea of ignorant people bowing down in front of altars and idols is quite prominent in many people’s thoughts. The consensus is that we live in a modern world, yet many bow down in front of idols today. Therefore, is this truly what altars and idols mean in the scriptures?
This post intends to show a deeper understanding of altars and idols and to sacrifice thereon. As with many precepts, this is no exception to its importance in understanding the word of God.
God made it clear through Jeremiah that Israel walked after other gods, served them, worshipped them and forsook him by not keeping his laws. Whose instructions you follow is the one you serve—your god.
They forsook the laws of God, which is what it means to worship, serve and walk after other gods. God takes his instructions seriously, which we see in the following passage.
Altars & Idols
The parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-17) provides interesting insight into what altars are. As always with the scriptures, the passage below is cunningly written in literary artistry with a puzzle laid out in an array of voices.
Looking deeply into the meaning of the deceptively telling phase, the care, gives insight into the heart of the matter. The things that entangle and distract people away from God.
Biblical Translation, Current & Historical Definitions
The phrase “the care”, from the Greek word μέριμνα (mérimna) and pronounced mer’-im-nah means:
The care phrase encapsulates activities that disturb, cause trouble, create anxiety, harass, and even provoke. Cares are the altars and idols in this world which distract and dominate our time and lives. They keep us engaged in the sins of the world.
Root of all evil
The altar that powers all sin is money which everything in this world is measured against.
Altars and idols established, aroused, disturbed, and occupied the people by removing their attention from God and allowing unrepentant sin to dominate their lives.
Altars and idols are those things which dominate your life outside of God, allowing unrepentant sin. Some common examples of these idols are:
- Social media (content)
- Films & TV (content)
- Books (content)
- Sexual immorality
- Uneven balances in business (buying and selling)
- Alcohol consumption
- Usury & debt slavery
- Obsession with money
- Sports & games
- Pornographic content
- Sexually explicit clothing