• Idolatry by Prof.Sabitu Olagoke

    Prof 4There are three types of perception by the divided opinions of mankind about creation and the source of their existence and sustenance. One school of thought believes in the evolutionary trend whereby matters only evolve perhaps from micro to macro size.

    Most of what the almighty God declares in the Holy Bible and Holy Quran in terms of good conduct are usually visibly displaced.

    The only thing left is to identify with the scripture that represents the voice of God. A belief, therefore, not in the existence of God as the source of all power could be described as idolatry.

    Another set of people that display traits of idol worship are the ones who adopt effigy as their God, some of the times they may regard this god as an interventionist between them and the almighty God.

    They would, therefore, resort to worshipping such effigies and mythically animate it as an object that answers their prayers.


    Whenever there is a problem in the land, they would believe in the atonement of preparing propitiation or using fellow human beings to appease such gods, they would believe he is angry because of some human shortcomings.

    Matthew 4: 10 int the Holy Bible states, ''10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.''

    The Holy Quran 16: 51-52, ''Allah said: Take not for worship two gods: for H is just One God. Then fear Me and Me alone. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and on earth and to Him is the religion always: then will ye fear other,-then Allah ?''

    From the religious perspective, idolatry may reflect not only is lesser gods with God but may reflect when the believers depart from the holistic approach of worshipping God the almighty Allah.

    Such believers would not only be regarded as anti-scriptural but as hypocrites or apostates when they exhibit such characteristics as living by falsehood or telling lies, propaganda that may be attributed to deceiving people from the actual truth of nonperformance. Above all, occultic power is an aberration in every religion of God.

    It is pure idolatry, therefore, when believers take to magical practices, witchcraft, sorcery, as well as dining with groups of people who deal with the worship of idols and source power from the principalities of darkness.

    A situation in which the identity of a particular religious persuasion is taken to gain favor other things of interest when in actual fact the culprit's belief in doubt, may result in non-performance in public offices on assumption.

    Identity theft is not only a sin but also a crime.

    The Holy Quran 6: 108 refers, ''Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they, out of spite, revile Allah in their ignorance. Thus, we have made it alluring to each people its own doings. In the end, will they return to their Lord and He shall then tell them the truth of all that they did.''

    Letus remember that idolatry goes beyond erecting effigies and worshipping the same, it also involves human thoughts, words, acts, and deeds in whatever spiritual state of an individual.

    It is, therefore, imperative for every man to, without ceasing, ask God to reveal the truth of any matter to him for the needed conviction to be able to practice a belief in a sustainable realm.

                                                       Who owns the land?

                                                       Who owns heaven?

                                                       Who owns the stars?

                                                       Who owns the people?

                                                        Everybody wants to know

                                                       to be able to worship God

                                                       aright and to be able to do

                                                       things without adulteration

    Just as the almighty God is all-encompassing, with the creation of the heaven, earth, and all that are therein contained even though we are unable to see Him, He is all-seeing and all-hearing.

    Also, reflect and meditate on Psalm 53: 1, ''1(To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.''

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