Second Commandment = Idolatry
Is this 2nd command about Idolatry now obsolete because it has been changed or dropped out by some who claim to be Christian?
Some may see the above as a pretty silly question, assuming they know we still have to keep all of the Commandments today. At the same time, millions around the world either believe they have all been done away or may at least be confused about this one, because they have never been taught it and certain Commandment “lists” do not include it! This will be shocking to some and others already know where I am going with this, because they study their Bibles on a regular basis.
Here is a list of supposed commandments taken from an internet site over a year ago.
Latin Catholic listing:
[1. Thou shalt not have other gods besides Me 2. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain 3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day 4. Honor thy father and thy mother
5. Thou shalt not murder 6. Thou shalt not commit adultery 7. Thou shalt not steal 8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor 9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods]
So now can YOU see why there may be confusion in the public spectrum and recognize what is missing in that list? Exo.20:4-6 "You shall not make for yourself a carved 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; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (NKJ)
That would include just about anything man could dream up to make, especially statues of various people who may be called saints or even a crucifix with an image supposed to be Jesus! If the idea is to bow down to worship it or pay homage on a regular basis—it would be sin and violate this Commandment. So the setting up of something, anything in fact that consumes our time and effort, thoughts and even desires, above God in our lives can be or become an idol. Things that we may allow into our lives, or even thoughts and actions that would lead us in a wrong direction or to violate any of these Commandments of God, can become an idol. This would not just be a violation of the 2nd Command however, but also of the 1st & 3rd, if we claim to be Christian—but it would also break the tenth one as well and really, ALL of them, as we will see. (The Bible list, of course) Notice what Paul wrote about this; Col 3:5 “Therefore put to death your members (Physical desires that go against Godly principals.) which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Connecting breaking the tenth with the 2nd.)
It is also clear when reading the works of the flesh (Gal.5:19-21) that idolatry is one of those named there, so it works the opposite effect in us as the Holy Spirit will do. So, as anyone who really studies the Bible knows, to understand what God wants of us to be working in our lives, it is to be KEEPING all ten of the Commandments. (John 14:15 & 15:10) Christ did not come to do away with them or make them of no affect, but to show us how to let Him, through the Holy Spirit in us fulfill them, in our lives. (Gal.2:20)
We find the evidence of the Commandments not being done away in Matt 5:17-20; "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, (Even by example or practice) shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, (By their example and practice) he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (In other words; will not be made Spirit nor given eternal life, in this time or in the judgment, unless repentance is evident in the heart!)
So each Commandment is given for our benefit and in love, but as the book of James reveals, to violate one is to have in fact broken them all. (James 2:8-11) People who choose to ignore the Commandments and go their own way are in fact setting their own choices above God’s Commandments and this becomes an idol to them. When that happens, all sense of right direction to obey God is lost, if not seen and repented of quickly. For example, the newly elected pope Francis, who is supposed to be “in place of Christ” (By Catholic claim) has stated “who am I to judge” when dealing with homosexuality! It is clear that God who became Christ (John1:1-3, 14) and the writers of the old and NT did not hesitate to judge such matters. (Lev.20:13 & Rom.1:22-32) God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for that very abomination! It is also alleged that this man (pope Francis) has prayed to Mary several times since becoming pope and encourages others to do so.
To pray to someone or thing (A dead body) is to acknowledge the thing or person being prayed to as being superior and is a form of worship, (John 4:22-24) yet nowhere in the Bible is any command to pray to anyone (Dead or alive) or thing but God and in the name of Christ. (Those long since dead and buried know nothing and could not possibly have any response to give answers to prayer. ECCL.9:5-6) So this would also be a form of idolatry for people today, according to the Bible. The Catholic church itself is patterned after the old Roman Empire with its emperors (Rev.13:11-16) and not the functions of the early COG or the Bible’s examples. It has all kinds of images and statues, basically wherever you look, which also violates this 2nd command. To choose to worship on any day of the week God has not commanded, (See the 4th Commandment—Biblical list) is also putting that choice before obedience to God and becomes idolatry.
The bottom line is this; anything that we allow to become more important to us, causing us to break any commandment, even momentarily in order to get something for ourselves, is coveting and as Paul wrote—it is Idolatry. If we are really wanting to live Spiritual lives and build a true and lasting relationship with the creator of the entire universe, then we will want to be obeying, not compromising the 2nd Commandment, as well as all the others! We also should take the time to read of the Commandments in the Bible and memorize them in order to keep from being deceived.
(Editor for tcogmso)