The purest idolatry of all?
“Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.” (Lev.26.1)
is famed as a strictly iconoclastic faith, in which idols or
associations of created beings or objects with the ever Blessed
Creator are shunned with righteous hatred. In many ways, Islam may be
seen as a Divine judgement
on apostate icon-worshipping Christians, who
having slipped back into their pagan ways had provoked God to anger.
No better example of this may be found than in fall of
Yet ironically, for all their stringent rejection of the human and animal form Muslims are themselves given over to an ancient form of pagan worship.
It is one they most horribly and improperly attribute to Abraham, namely the worship of the Ka'bah five times a day. Islam is at essence submission to the black rock, in devoted prayer and ritual, and ultimately the once a lifetime duty of circling the rock in pilgrimage, often still resulting in the deeply pagan practice of kissing the old idol.
Abraham turned his back on idols and the
moon god Sîn as he left
An image of the cresecent moon god Sîn/Nanna of Ur,
and his high priest, c.2100 BC, taken from Wiki.
a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast
brought me forth,”
The Ka'bah at
Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. (Hab 2:19)
'In their visionary dreams shall they be
impious and superstitious, lying in all their actions, and worshipping
a stone.' (the uninspired and apocryphal work of Enoch
formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable
“Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?”(Isa 44:10)
feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart
hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my
“He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?”(Isa 44:20)
It was of course pre-Islamic pagan custom to
prostrate at the Ka'bah, as Bukhari
It was of course pre-Islamic pagan custom to prostrate at the Ka'bah, as Bukhari (Vol 6, Bk 60, No. 385) bears witness with respect to another event.
A sacred touch (from
A sacred touch (from this site)
To which Scripture also bears oblique reference,
“And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?” (Acts 19.35)
According to Bukhari,
even loyal ‘Umar blushed at the
eagerness of his prophet to engage in pagan worship.
All idolators, even Hindus with
their manifold deities, claim that the image or statue they prostrate
or pray to is just an aid to worship of the substantial reality. The
scriptures categorically reject this excuse. Any bowing down to a
stone or image is spiritual adultery, blinds the eyes and hardens the
is an extremely serious breach of God’s second commandment, weak Muslim excuses nothwithstanding, it is
something God hates intensely and will earn eternal wrath unless
Confounded be all they that serve graven
images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? Isa 44.20
'...idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:' Col. 3.5b-6
Little children, keep yourselves from idols! Amen (1 Jn.5.24)