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Opinion

Regarding idolatry & the Sto. Niño

READER'S VIEWS - Len Hummel, Clearlight Ministries -

What are the simple facts regarding the controversy surrounding the Bible, religious icons and idolatry?

Actually, there should be no controversy at all if one (truly) accepts the clear biblical concept regarding the making and use of religious images attempting to depict or represent Deity:

The Bible clearly commands that we are NOT to make (create or fashion with our hands) ANY religious images that represent (and consequently distort, and often severely distort) the Majesty and glory, the transcendent holiness and OMNIPRESENCE of GOD.

Take, for instance, the exhortation in Acts 17:29, here quoted from The Amplified Version of the Bible, illuminating the original Greek and Hebrew:

“Since we are God’s children we ought not to suppose that Deity is like gold or silver or stone or ANY representation by human art or craft or imagination or anything constructed or invented by man.”

Then there are these important scriptures, which EVERY serious Bible student should be familiar with:

•Deuteronomy 4:15,16,23; 7:26; 8:6; 16:22; 27:15.

•Leviticus 26:1. * Isa.40:18-25; 44:9-20; 46:5-7.

•Psalm 115:3-8. Psalm 135:15-18.

•Jeremiah 10:14,15; 16:10-21.

•Acts 15:19; 17:24.

•I Cor.6:9,10; 10:14.

•Galatians 5:19-21. I John 5:21.

And many others I could cite. Please take time to look them up and see for yourself.

The Encyclopedia Britannica describes Marcus Terentius Varro (116-27 B.C.) as “Rome’s greatest scholar.” He wrote more than 600 books on many subjects. Among his insightful writings is found this statement:

“They who first introduced images of the gods removed fear and added error.”

This is most certainly a correct observation and helps us understand why Moses clearly reminded the children of Israel at Mount Sinai, “You saw no form (or image) when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire.” (Dt.4:15). It also underscores the reason behind God’s definite command prohibiting ANY physical representations of Him.It is an automatic distortion of His infinite glory and eternal Godhead.

Q: Would the Jews (who know more about the biblical concept of idolatry than any other people on earth) consider the Sto. Niño and other traditional practices that center around religious images and icons to be a form of idolatry?

I know for A FACT that they consider it idolatry. And it is based entirely upon their knowledge of the commandments of GOD.

Something to think about the next time you see someone kneeling before, waving to, speaking to, lighting candles to, or offering flowers, food, etc. to various religious images.

AMPLIFIED VERSION OF THE BIBLE

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ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA

GREEK AND HEBREW

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MARCUS TERENTIUS VARRO

MOUNT SINAI

WOULD THE JEWS

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