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|Lesson 8: We Must Only Worship God|
Jesus said in Matthew 4:10, "You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve." If we worship God in spirit and in truth, we cannot worship anyone or anything else. Anything we worship, other than God, is an idol. According to Webster, an idol is "an image used as an object or instrument of worship."
God forbids us to make and worship idols. God says in Exodus 20:4-5, "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." We see we are not to make any image whether it is a statue or any likeness of anything in heaven or earth to worship them. But this is done today when people worship icons. People bow down and pray to these statues and painted pictures whether they be the supposed likeness of Mary the mother of Jesus or one of the many other dead people who are called saints. This is in direct disobedience to the command of God.
In 1 John 5:21 we read, "My little children, guard yourselves from idols." When I see people bowing down, burning candles, praying, and worshipping an icon image of a saint, my heart bleeds for them because they are putting their souls in jeopardy of being lost. We are warned in Colossians 2:18, "Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worshipping angels." We can loose our reward in heaven if we worship someone other than God. He is the only one we are to worship because He is a jealous God. God will not allow us to worship anyone else other than Himself. Revelations 21:8 tells us that "idolaters shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." We must only worship God and our worship must be in spirit and in truth if we expect to be with Him in heaven when this life is over.
Questions Lesson 8
We Must Only Worship God
1) (Matthew 4:10) We shall worship and serve
The Hindu gods.
Only the Lord our God.
2) God wants us to worship Buddha.
3) (Exodus 20:4-5) People who bow down, worship, and pray to images whether carved or painted pictures of Mary or one of the saints
Are doing the will of God.
Are in direct disobedience of the command of God.
Are excused by God.
4) God forbids us to make and worship idols, including the pictures and statues of Jesus' mother Mary or one of the saints..
5) (Colossians 2:18) If we worship anything or anyone other than God
God is well pleased.
We will be cheated of our reward in heaven.
If God does not see it we can get by with it.
6) God wants us to worship someone else other than Himself.
7) (Revelation 21:8) What will happen to idolaters in eternity?
They will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.
Since God is a loving God, He will excuse them.
They will go to heaven since no one will be lost.
8) We must only worship God in spirit and in truth if we expect to go to heaven.
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