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Scripture: Idolatry & Images of God

Idols Pretend to Serve God But Do Not

Second Commandment Forbids Any Images of God in Your Heart or Mind

“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” —Romans 1:23


  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Christmas symbols
  • Christmas trees
  • church buildings
  • crosses of all kinds
  • dove pictures
  • dove symbols
  • Easter decorations
  • Easter symbols
  • expensive bibles
  • fish as decorations
  • fish as special pictures
  • fish as symbols
  • lambs as symbols
  • Nativity scenes
  • old bibles
  • paintings of crosses
  • pictures in bibles
  • pictures in churches
  • pictures of crosses
  • pictures of doves with halos
  • pictures of Jesus
  • pictures of lambs with halos
  • pretty bibles
  • pretty pictures in church propaganda
  • religious markings
  • religious symbolism
  • special banners, posters, and signs
  • special church lights
  • special church ornaments
  • stained-glass windows
  • statues of Jesus
  • varied symbols used on cars or elsewhere to signify being a Christian


Hindus say their idols are not idols. Muslims say their idols are not idols. Buddhists say their idols are not idols. Christians say their idols are not idols.

  • Simpler forms of idols are still idols.

Idols claim to point to, represent, signify, or symbolize God. That is why they are idols because things cannot point to, represent, signify, or symbolize God.

  • Follow the commandments of God or don’t claim to follow God.


  • God must be worshiped in Spirit, not in thought or things.


“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” —John 4:23

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:24

“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” —Philippians 3:3


“For she is the brightness of the everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness.” —Wisdom of Solomon 7:26

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” —II Corinthians 4:4

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” —Colossians 1:15


Old & New Testament Scripture on Idolatry

Quotations Are Listed in Biblical Order

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 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 20:4-5

“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

“Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.” —Deuteronomy 4:23

“When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:” —Deuteronomy 4:25

“The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.” —Deuteronomy 7:25

“And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.” —Deuteronomy 12:3

“Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.” —Psalms 97:7

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:24

“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” —Romans 1:23

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” —2 Corinthians 10:5

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” —Revelation 15:2

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” —Revelation 20:4

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