The Futility of Idols

This is an apologetics post.

Meditating on Psalm 115.

Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk; (Psalm 115; 4-7)

During the only one pre-natal check-up I had when I was pregnant with Tim, my ob-gyne, whom I have known since before I got married, and I had a very long discussion about our lives during the years that we had not seen each other. I shared to her why I was in a wheelchair and how we received salvation from the Lord Jesus Christ and that we were born-again Christians, and my partial healing from the illness that almost took my life. It saddened me to also learn that her husband, an anaesthesiologist whom I also knew personally, had passed away.

When she was checking me and the baby, she was in deep thought. Then, she said that the Lord spoke to her heart that, had I received His mother also (meaning, Mama Mary) and worshiped her (words to that effect), I would have received complete healing.

I smiled faintly to that but remained quiet. I had known the Truth and there was no way I was ever going back to false worship, by the amazing grace of God.

She had big graven images of supposedly Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus on the shelf behind her table. I had always known that she was a devotee of Mama Mary and very religious. But, please don’t get me wrong. I love her, my ob-gyne, like an extended family. And I know she cared for me, too, sincerely.

In our country, the images of Mama Mary, all the known saints, and the Lord on the cross are worshiped and prayed to. There is a movement all over the archipelago of devotees bringing the image of Mama Mary from house to house. Our family was very into it when my siblings and I were young.

Sis. Anna Marie de Luna testifies that, while her husband was hooked on drugs and other women leaving her to tend their family alone, she would kneel before the image of Mama Mary which she set up, and beg her to help. There was no help until her husband himself found the Lord or was found by Him. You can read the rest of Sis. Anna’s testimony here.

Bro. Louie Angeles would be ordered by his mother to kiss the image of Sto. Nino (supposedly a risen Jesus in a child’s form) in their vegetable stall in the market before he could start work. But he needed to look for the head which he supposed was stolen by rats, return it onto the headless image and then kiss it. When Bro. Louie finally graduated from college, he found out he had leprosy. And within two years, it became worse. You can read the rest of Bro. Louie’s testimony here.

O Israel, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield.
11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
He is their help and their shield. (vv. 9-11)

How can something made of wood, stone, or metal bless?! Oh, the foolishness and futility of trusting in idols!

I pray, with all my heart and soul, that God will take away the blindness of the people and they will embrace the Truth and worship only the One True Living God!

May the Lord give you increase more and more,
You and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. (vv. 14-15)

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Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Candace says:

    Thank you for a wonderful post about idols! I have struggled with this throughout my life, even turning my children, food, friends… into idols. We have to be careful and remember, as you so beautifully stated, to “embrace the Truth and worship only the One True Living God!”

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, there’s a danger that we could also turn the people and things around us into idols when our passion and devotion to them exceed that which belongs to God and take up so much of our affections.

  2. I know exactly what you are talking about. Having been born and raised in Latin America, most of my life was spent among religious statues, and although people won’t admit that they are worshiping the image, the superstition that comes with that whole system of idolatry is hard to miss for the outsiders. I join together with you in prayer for those who are seeking God in the wrong places, for the truth to touch them and the veil to be torn. Thanks for your post

    • RinaPeru says:

      We have the same history and heritage, Gisela, for our country was colonized by the Spaniards for more than three hundred years.

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