God Does not Share His Praise with Images

I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.

Isaiah 42:8

God is jealous and does not share His glory or His praise with sculptures or images. The Bible establishes very clearly the rejection of God towards all cult to images and sculptures. It is not necessary to be a gifted genius to understand this because everything is written in a plain language that does not require the interpretation of a scholar. The Scripture leaves no doubt that God and the images are incompatible. There are those who deceive themselves by saying that they do not worship images but admire them. By Isaiah 42:8, it is established that a simple eulogy to a sculpture is already rejected by God.

The prohibition of all kinds of worship, praise and adoration of images and sculptures is established in the second commandment of the Law of God. Exodus 20:4-6 says, You shall not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

For God all image and sculpture is an abomination. Deuteronomy 7:25-26 says about it, You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing. That means that even having images and sculptures in our house is a curse.

In Micah 5:13 we are again commanded not to bow down before the images, I will cut off your carved images and your sacred pillars from among you, so that you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. Sculptures and images are useless, as Habakkuk 2:18 says, What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, the molded image, a teacher of lies, that the maker of its mold should trust in it, to make mute idols? And if sculptures and images do not work, why worship them?

The images produce anger and jealousy to God. Psalms 78:58 says, For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, and moved Him to jealousy with their carved images. If we really love God, why make him angry by practicing what He hates? But if that does not matter to you, look at what Leviticus 26:30 says about what will happen to the image worshipers, I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you.

Serving images is a shame, as Psalms 97:7 says, Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods. Only before God should we prostrate ourselves and only to Him we will praise, He who does not share His praise with sculptures. Let us not be confused, according to what Isaiah 42:17 says, They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, who trust in carved images, who say to the molded images, ‘You are our gods.’ Let us not waste time keeping honor to objects that have absolutely nothing of sacred according to the Bible. God bless you.

Who Do Sacrifices Go?

Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

1 Corinthians 10:20

What says 1 Corinthians 10:20 can be seen from different angles. If we look at the time, there is a direct message to the Christians in Corinth to warn the pagan practice of sacrificing to false gods. At present, although the cult of Zeus or Apollo is discontinued, there are people who still offer sacrifices and promises to saints, which somehow make them idols. On the other hand, you should always see the spiritual aspect of the Scriptures. Try to make a sacrifice, yet it is to the true God, it is to subtract validity to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

In ancient times it was common to offer blood sacrifices to the deity in which they believed. The Bible itself review the animal sacrifices demanded by the true God to the people of Israel. In the ancient pagan world, every people offered blood sacrifices to their gods. In some cultures these sacrifices included human beings. What Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:20 that the sacrifices of the Gentiles were directed to test the hell that the devil has always tried to imitate the things of God and the blood sacrifices to idols were part of his imitation of sacrifices God gave to His people.

In modern times, who openly worship Satan are the ones who continue to practice blood sacrifices. This practice is very common among followers of Santeria and voodoo and other manifestations of demon worship. However, since such sacrifices are not practiced within Judaism, mainly because there is no temple since almost two thousand years ago. Other religions today not make them.

Although within call themselves Christians who have never performed blood sacrifices, yes there are certain practices that fall well within what Paul had admonished the Corinthians. Trying to repeat the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, either through an authorized by a church or by common practice in places like the Philippines to hang on a cross at Easter rite are not sacrifices directed to God but to demons who seek to steal the glory of God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Other common sacrifices especially in some Latin American countries practiced by followers of traditional religion are offering promises to images in paid for alleged miracles. Such promises include, among others, wear a certain color for some time, stop eating any food at a specific time, give special alms to the image, bring candles, walking barefoot or on their knees to the shrine of the image, etc.  All these practices will never sacrifice addressed to God but the devil behind every image, which robs His glory to the Most High.

Finally, certain “Christian” churches practice a kind of sacrifice frankly as demonic as above. These are called “covenants with God,” which usually involve the provision of a sum of money, which supposedly God will multiply a hundredfold. Indeed this kind of sacrifice is not directed to the true God but a demon named Mammon, the god of money. The real sacrifice as Jesus did on the cross of Calvary in atonement for the sins of all. Right there He sealed with His blood the new covenant through which we receive forgiveness when we acknowledge His Lordship in our lives. To do anything else is nothing but a mockery of Him. God bless you.