The absolute desire of 'having more' encourages the selfishness that destroys communal bonds among the children of God. It does so because the idolatry of riches prevents the majority from sharing the goods that the Creator has made for all, and in the all-possessing minority it produces an exaggerated pleasure in these goods.— Oscar Romero
Relaxing Idolatry quotations
Either you allow Holy Scriptures to change you, or you will normally try to use it to change--and clobber--other people. It is the height of idolatry to use the supposed Word of God so that my small self can be in control and be right. But I am afraid this has been more the norm than the exception in the use of the Bible.
If you want to follow Jesus because He'll fix your marriage, if you want to follow Jesus because He'll give you a better life, that's idolatry. Follow Christ for the sake of Christ; He is worthy!
To have a faith, therefore, or a trust in anything, where God hath not promised, is plain idolatry, and a worshipping of thine own imagination instead of God.
If anyone does not refrain from the love of money, he will be defiled by idolatry and so be judged as if he were one of the heathen.
The whole imposing edifice of modern medicine is like the celebrated tower of Pisa - slightly off balance.
True religion is not about possessing the truth.
No religion does that. It is rather an invitation into a journey that leads one toward the mystery of God. Idolatry is religion pretending that it has all the answers.
Not only the adoration of images is idolatry, but also trust in one's own righteousness, works and merits, and putting confidence in riches and power. As the latter is the commonest, so it also is the most noxious.
For what is idolatry if not this: to worship the gifts in place of the Giver himself?
Why do we idolise Christian singers and speakers? We go from glorifying musicians in the world to glorifying Christian musicians. It's all idolatry!Satan is getting a great victory as we seem to worship these ministers on tapes and records and clammer to get their autographs in churches and concert halls from coast to coast.
Modern medical advances have helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives. We owe these improvements to decades of investment in medical research
If I put things between me and Christ, it is idolatry.
If I put Christ between me and things, it is victory!
Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?
The opposite of Christianity is not atheism, but idolatry.
I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily. Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.
We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government.
It was my Uncle George who discovered that alcohol was a food well in advance of modern medical thought.
Earthly goods are given to be used, not to be collected.... Hoarding is idolatry.
It is time to cease to argue about God , and instead to unite in the unmasking of contemporary forms of idolatry.
Attention-deficit disorders seem to abound in modern society, and we don't know the cause.
I call that church free which enters into the covenant with the ultimate source of existence. It binds together families and generations, protecting against the idolatry of any human claim to absolute truth or authority.
When something becomes so important to you that it drives your behavior and commands your emotions, you are worshipping it.
Idolatry is when you become the source of your own joy. Poverty of spirit is a wonderful thing.
The ultimate goal of theology isn't knowledge, but worship.
If our learning and knowledge of God do not lead to the joyful praise of God, we have failed. We learn only that we might laud, which is to say that theology without doxology is idolatry. The only theology worth studying is a theology that can be sung!
The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art.
Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition;
so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.
I loathe nationalism. It is a form of tribalism--the idolatry of the 20th century.
When your thoughts and opinions become intellectual gods in rebellion against the Word of God, you are in idolatry.
Those who lapse from the Gospel to the Law are no better off than those who lapse from grace to idolatry.
The opposite of theism is not atheism, it’s idolatry
Science can purify religion from error and superstition.
Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
The idolatry the exists in a man's heart always wants to lead him away from his Savior and back to self-reliance no matter how pitiful that self-reliance is or how many times it has betrayed him.
The world has not gone one step beyond idolatry yet.
Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry.
We make a god out of whatever we find most joy in.
So find your joy in God and be done with all idolatry.