Why do you have idols? - There are forbidden to you

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If you ask a Hindu or a Buddhist, why do you worship Idols/Images/Icons? They will say “We do not worship the Idols/Images/Icons or pray to it.
It is only there to remind us and it is only a representation of god. We do not bow down to the idols or images, but we worship at the altar of the god.”

If you ask a Christian why do you worship Idols/Images/Icons? They will say “We do not worship the Idols/Images/Icons or pray to it.
It is only there to remind us and it is only a representation of god. We do not bow down to the idols or images, but we worship at the altar of the god.”

Reverend Charles Elliot states ”The pagans made gods of silver, gold, wood and stone; they believed that what was thus consecrated (made holy /sacred) still retained its former nature and substance, and was no more an object of their worship, except as it was a representation of the god whom they worshipped or became his receptacle.” 8

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or 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.”  Exodus 20:4 KJV

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”  Exodus 20:5 KJV

Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 26:1 KJV

“Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,”
lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female,
”the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,”
“the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth.” Deuteronomy 4:15-18 RSV

9168314_xxl_resize.jpgTake heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you.Deuteronomy 4:23-24 RSV

“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”  Corinthians 10:14

Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.”   Deuteronomy 27:15

“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”   Isaiah 42:8

The idols cannot save themselves; they are captured and carried away. This is the end for Babylon's gods!” Isaiah 46:2 GNT