The Presumption of Idolatry: Thoughts from Deuteronomy

I’m reading through the book of Deuteronomy and came upon Moses’ repetition of the Ten Commandments. The prohibition against idolatry has always fascinated me because it is so tempting to preach/teach the law with the “an idol can be anything” approach. That’s certainly true.

But what is the heart of idolatry?

I believe that God despises this sin so because those of us who commit it unconsciously presume to know enough of all that is God to the extent that we can duplicate His essense—immanence and immenence (sp?)—using temporal objects and a finite brain.

Yuck.

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