What is idolatry?


#1

Is idolatry to study fake gods, reading about ancient myths, liking them? What about making fictional stories about made-up gods for your and others entertainment? Purely fictional? What is the Church stance about that?


#2

Idolatry is the worship of an object (like a statue, money, or other material things) or a creature (like a cow, tree, or a person) as a god who has unearthly and spiritual powers.

Our living God forbids us to do so. He is our one and only living God.


#3

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Is idolatry to study fake gods, reading about ancient myths, liking them? What about making fictional stories about made-up gods for your and others entertainment? Purely fictional? What is the Church stance about that?

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Modern Catholic Dictionary:

IDOLATRY. Literally "the worship of idols," it is giving divine honors to a creature. In the Decalogue it is part of the first commandment of God, in which Yahweh tells the people, "You shall have no gods except me. You shall not make yourself a carved image [Greek eidōlon, idol] or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them" (Exodus 20:4-5).

The early Christians were martyred for refusing to worship idols, even externally, but practical idolatry is a perennial threat to the worship of the one true God. Modern secularism is a form of practical idolatry, which claims to give man "freedom to be an end unto himself, the sole artisan and creator of his own history." Such freedom, it is said, "cannot be reconciled with the affirmation of a Lord who is author and purpose of all things," or at least that this freedom "makes such an affirmation altogether superfluous" (Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Church, 51).

Idolatry is always gravely sinful. Even under threat of death and without interiorly believing in the idol, a Christian may not give divine honors to a creature, thereby violating the duty of professing faith in God.


#4

I wouldnt consider it so unless you begin believing in these fake gods in your heart or find yourself becoming obsessive but I would not bring any art work of fake gods or eastern gods into my home as demons tend to dwell in such cursed objects


#5

[quote="Timi_Celcer, post:1, topic:337541"]
Is idolatry to study fake gods, reading about ancient myths, liking them? What about making fictional stories about made-up gods for your and others entertainment? Purely fictional? What is the Church stance about that?

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If it is then I'm in serious trouble. ;)

Seriously, these things are not remotely idolatrous. Idolatry basically means giving to creatures the worship (adoration) which is due to God alone. In the case you are talking about, studying mythology and writing fantasy fiction and so forth, these pagan gods are not even believed in much less worshiped.


#6

My BA is in Literary Studies which included reading a lot of early world literature about the Greek and Roman gods. Though I found it fascinating that people of that time actually believed such things, it never gave me a desire or encouragement to believe those stories as truth.

My Truth is in the one and only living God. My suggestion to you is to keep it that way for yourself while indulging in some interesting and fun reading.:shrug:


#7

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