Monday, May 25, 2009
Dumb Idols, Dumb Idolaters.
Psa 135:15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
Psa 135:16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
Psa 135:17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
Psa 135:18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
Notice that verse 18 says that the people who make the dumb idols and the ones who trust in them are just like the idols themselves - dumb!
I don’t mean to be unkind to simple and ignorant people who have been fooled by false religions, but rubbing the Buddha's belly is a futile practice that defies sensible faith. And yet how manifold are the idols made by hands?
Why anyone would bow to an unspeaking, unseeing, unhearing, non-breathing statue is beyond me. And yet hundreds of millions of poor dumb souls do it each day.
Tell me how some person, who no longer lives, can broach the span of this life and the next to hear a prayer, receive adoration or any other such foolishness.
Let's take Mary for instance. Mary, Jesus' mother was a great lady in every sense. God chose her to birth His Son, she was highly favored, greatly esteemed, pure, passionate in her faith. And yet, how embarrassed must she be up yonder in heaven when fooled adherents bow in front of her statue or picture, light candles to her, ask her to plead to her son to assuage His anger against them.
She is not supernatural. She cannot hear prayers of devotees from all over the globe simultaneously. Mary needed a Savior just like the rest of us. That’s why she ‘rejoiced in God her Savior.’
How simple can these superstitious idolaters be to think that some patron saint, whom not even their own religion can confirm whether they be in heaven or purgatory, can, by virtue of paying a few centavos so that a candle may be lit, and then they could protect the petitioner?
And so we are told in the following verses to simply "Bless the Lord." Forget statues, put aside the candles, ignore artist's renditions and bow before the living Christ Who speaks, hears, breathes and works miracles.