Daily Strength – Is it wise to kneel before a statue

   I have been brought up in an environment where there was no place for superstition, we were taught that if we move along with God nothing shall harm us.  I remember when we occupied a new house, it had a very old tree.  On every Thursday superstitious people used to come and light oil lamps over this tree and used to pray for fulfillment of there desires and unfulfilled wishes. My father decided to get this tree removed. Many people advised that the removal of this tree may bring bad luck. The tree was removed and nothing happened.

Prophet David categorically threw light about his vision towards the idols in Psalm 115, he also challenges the wisdom of those who first create or construct it and than kneel before them and start begging from them for mercy or bounty. Prophet David says:-

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

        They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

           They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

I often think, I am an engineer and everyday I am engaged in construction of a new item, should I start worshiping it . Would be it wise to worship a residential commercial or service structure,  since it is useful for a class of people. I fail to understand the psyche of these  people, since I have never worshiped a stone or animal but perhaps these people are insecure and try to find some security in any thing that they feel have some value.   I agree with David and strongly believe that statues, buildings, animals, graves, trees etc should not be worshiped, rather people doing that should use their brain. I think society, family, friends, social network may be stopping them from diverting them from these practices otherwise  a person of average intelligence can understand and remain away from all these useless activities.


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