greeney2 wrote:The bottom line is that the concept of Idolatry varies in many different religion cultures from Christianity, Catholicism, HIndu, Buddism, and Islam ,
My bottom line is, I don't care what these other religions have to say about idolatry. My only concern is, what does the bible say.
greeney2 wrote:It just becomes another religion theology difference, "we are the ones right, and the rest of you ALL have it wrong".
Keeping the debate within Christianity excludes "the rest of you". Keeping the debate within the family means the theological difference can most likely be resolved. But even if it can't be resolved, the family will still remain united.
greeney2 wrote: In other words intolerance for others religion, with a judgmental attitude.
We are told to judge with "righteous judgment". You can't be a fruit tester without using judgment. When it comes to the basic fundamentals of the faith
, we need to be intolerant of any error trying to creep in. We can debate the secondary issues and the Lord will bring us together.
greeney2 wrote:A kid with a rabbits foot is not worshiping a false idol, anymore than a good luck horseshoe, or 4-leaf clover is, but convincing some is impossible. Some think just the statue of Mary alone is a false idol, let alone praying at it, so those might think a Nativity scene is the same. It that is all true, a lot of people will be in trouble over the Christmas Tree.
All of that stuff can be, or may not be. That rabbits foot could be an idol for some kid, and the kid right next to him with the same rabbits foot it isn't. It depends on the individual.
Here is what is important. What does the Bible say and what is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about it. I'm saying "you" in the general sense as it pertains to the brethren.