“To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?” – Isaiah 46:5
All throughout the Bible, there are passages in which God and his prophets emphasize that no other god exists except for Him. Even when the Israelites create their own god or idolize something or someone and therefore make it a god, it isn’t actually real. It doesn’t challenge the real God on any level. And for those who do not believe in God, the Bible asks, “Then who is left to give you hope or a purpose and who can do what God can do?” The answer is no one and that’s actually incredibly comforting.
Here is a worldwide fact: All humans believe in something. Whether it is science or alternate forms of spirituality, there is something that they regard as the standard of truth. Therefore, in this argument against idolatry, God is asking what he is competing with and how it compares.
Take a look at a couple more verses that rhetorically ask “what else out there even compares to the God of the Bible?”
“To whom will you compare Me, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.” – Isaiah 40:25
The prophet asks: “To whom will you liken God? To what image will you compare him?” – Isaiah 40:18
“You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 26:1
When we speak of “idolatry,” it doesn’t mean we are talking about a golden calf or a stone monolith. An “idol” or “idolatry” can be anything we put most of our focus on. A hobby can become an idol if that’s the only thing one ever focuses on.
The first of the Ten Commandments tells us: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). This means that anything that we put before God is considered idolatry and sin. Idolatry is substituting something else for God. These substitutes can be people, objects, interests or other spiritual beliefs.
“Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” – Romans 1:25
For those who don’t believe in God or religion, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have some kind of belief system. People also “idolize” things they own (or want to own), things they are interested in or other people.
Just look at how many people today follow so-called “influencers” on social media. It’s a multimillion-dollar industry. Followers mimic the things that these influencers do, purchasing brands and products that these “idols” use and support.
And yes, just spending all your time addicted to video games or social media can be idolatry.
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” – Psalm 115:4-8
The New Age and humanist movements are a clear sign that people yearn for something spiritual. They just don’t want the spirituality being offered by the Bible. These two movements offer a strong focus upon positivity and love which people connect with.
Secondly, these movements focus on doing everything according to our own will. Unlike the Bible, no one is telling us what to do and when we are wrong for doing something.
While the Holy Scriptures are filled with Bible verses about love and positivity, conversely, the Bible offers a lot of condemnation as well. Many scriptures are very critical, pointing out human error and undesirable traits.
Again, some people don’t like being told what they are doing may be wrong. They want to live by their own will and not according to God’s. In part, such factors may be a strong reason we’re seeing a growing rejection of the Bible.
Jesus said, while there will be a falling away from the faith that will come in the latter days, that, too, will change. Christ’s people will once again follow the true God.
“But the hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” – John 4:23