by John Greene
The modern world has come to trust in self, or at least, what is seen as authority. Many believe in their own power as their own personal creator and sustainer. What do you believe? Your life is your evidence. Others simply look to some kind of governance, religious organization or body of men for their relevance, their sustainance. Where do you place your personal trust? When you claim to worship YHWH, your trust is not in bank accounts, real estate, property, businesses or actions of commerce. Your trust is not in the contrivances and inventions of men or women. Do you actually trust your Heavenly Father more than what you see or what your hands are able to make? (Deuteronomy 5:8-9; Exodus 20:4-5; “Christian: Your Basis of Trust“; “Abiding in Trust“)
According to scripture in the Bible, idolatry is more than simply bowing down to idols. Modern idolatry has even fashioned the corporation, as was done in old Rome, imbuing the corporation with personhood and authority. Modern authority readily creates these temples with the idea of respect and power, that these temples may save them or preserve a way or means of life. (Habakkuk 2:18-20) The sign of authority is where you place your devotion and time. These idols apart from YHWH are silent except for the voices that have been given them by men and women. (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5) Where do you turn for comfort or when you are troubled? Do success, popularity and other factors serve as a substitute for YHWH in your life? (Matthew 6:24; Romans 1:18-25; Galatians 5:19-20; Ephesians 5:5; Isaiah 43:10-12, 44:6-28; Jeremiah 19:4; 2 Kings 17:15; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“; “Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“)
Multitudes believe that many gods or idols add a dimension of magic to life. In the demonic realm of the antichrist (think counterfeit to YHWH or substitute for the Messiah), where counterfeits for Messiah abound, this is more true than is commonly recognized, even by most professed Christians. The magic of man’s kosmos would have you drift from god to god, with a talisman-like mentality that follows whatever appears to be successful. People often seek a magical shortcut, ‘a good-luck charm’, a phantom source of power where they can invest ‘faith’ and ‘hope’. (“Consenting to Fables of Men“; “The Empire Under the Beast“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“)
YHWH had chosen the people of Israel as a kingdom of priests, treasured possessions set apart for Him. He did not seek a casual trust from His people, but total trust through personal covenant. (Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 3:14-15) He wanted relationship, not to be a good-luck charm. Instead, they feared Him, watering down their personal commitment with whatever else interested them. For the most part, the people of Israel did not treasure Him. (Ezekiel 6:9; Deuteronomy 13:6-10) The history of mankind is continually reflected in the relentless falling away of YHWH’s people through the ages. (Joshua 24:14; Judges 17:1-18:31; 1 Kings 14:22-24, 16:31-33; 2 Chronicles 34:1-24; Ezekiel 20:7; “The Great Beast Seduction“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“; “The Reality of the Antichrist“)
“So then, concerning the eating of food offered to idols, we know that an idol is no matter at all in the world, and that there is no other Elohim but one. For even if there are so-called mighty ones, whether in heaven or on earth – as there are many mighty ones and many masters – for us there is one Elohim,1 the Father, from whom all came and for whom we live, and one Master Yahshua the Messiah, through whom all came and through whom we live.” – 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, ISR98
Where do you, will you place your trust?