In planning for a trip to visit a cousin in Indonesia I suggested a sightseeing trip to Bali. She expressed reluctance on the grounds that idolatry is rampant there and thus not a safe place for a Catholic to go. Not physical safety but spiritual safety.
I never heard this before. Can there be anything to this? We are both strong in our faith and I don’t get it. Thanks.
If that were really a concern, you should move from America immediately! Idolatry involves more than gods carved of wood or stone, or molded out of precious metal.
Idolatry occurs anytime we place love or adoration on, or we work to serve, anything other than God. This includes money, sex, power, material possessions…a rampant reality in America (and to be fair, the world).
So, no, my own thoughts are that if you have not succumbed to temptation of idolatry right here, you are unlikely to fall prey to it in Bali.
For crying out loud. She’s not going to lose her soul or religion by going to Bali. Should Catholics not travel to places where Christianity is not the primary religion? Should we not tour the temples of Japan? The Forbidden City in China? The Pyramids of Egypt?
Go to Bali and enjoy - it’s one of the most stunningly beautiful and friendly places in the world. You’ll love it.
I have been to Bali many times. There is nothing spiritually unsafe about it. Your cousin is being ridiculous.The main religion there is Hinduism. If you were to avoid such places then you would never visit India.
There is a Catholic Church in Bali.
Thanks all. You confirmed what I thoought. When it comes to threats to our faith, I live just outside San Francisco and I’ve survived that. Maybe I should bring my cousin here and show her the Castro district. Nno, she might have a heart attack! So off to Bali I go.