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Bible Study Topic: Idolatry

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So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.
Genesis 35:2
 
"You shall have no other gods before me.
"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.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
Exodus 20:3-5
 
Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.
Exodus 20:23
 
"Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips. The Three Annual Festivals
Exodus 23:13
 
He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."
Exodus 32:4
 
" 'Do not turn to idols or make gods of cast metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 19:4
 
" 'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 26:1
 
so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,
Deuteronomy 4:16
 
And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars,all the heavenly array,do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.
Deuteronomy 4:19
 
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.
Deuteronomy 4:28
 
"Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol,a thing detestable to the LORD, the work of the craftsman's hands,and sets it up in secret." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"
Deuteronomy 27:15
 
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."
1 Samuel 15:23
 
He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan. )
2 Kings 18:4
 
But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see;
Psalms 115:4-5
 
But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,' will be turned back in utter shame.Israel Blind and Deaf
Isaiah 42:17
 
"Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.
Isaiah 45:20
 
All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.
Isaiah 47:13
 
You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; you sacrifice your children in the ravines and under the overhanging crags.
Isaiah 57:5
 
For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned sacrifices in it to gods that neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.
They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal,something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.
Jeremiah 19:4-5
 
for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them.
Ezekiel 23:37
 
You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
Acts 15:29
 
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
Acts 17:22-23
 
"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone,an image made by man's design and skill.
Acts 17:29
 
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Romans 1:22-23
 
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator,who is forever praised. Amen.
Romans 1:25
 
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
 
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
But the man who loves God is known by God.
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.
For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"),
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.
But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?
So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.
When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
 
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry."
1 Corinthians 10:7
 
Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
1 Corinthians 10:14
 
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.
1 Corinthians 10:20
 
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.
1 Corinthians 12:2
 
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
Colossians 2:18
 
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do,living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
1 Peter 4:3
 
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 John 5:21
 
Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
Revelation 2:14
 
Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
Revelation 2:20
 
The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood,idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
Revelation 9:20
 
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars,their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Revelation 21:8
 
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