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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %WORSHIP FALSE GODS IDOLATRY GOLD SILVER TECHNOLOGY+940324 %ADDICT OBJECTIVITY SCIENCE FIX WRONG EVIL SAVED 940324 Modern technologically sophisticated people are prone to regard the ancient injunction against bowing down before false gods as quaint and irrelevant---because they have a limited conception of the nature of false gods. They imagine that the false gods can only be quaint images made of wood, stone, iron, copper, bronze, brass, silver, gold or some other chosen objective substance. Anyone who wishes to see can recognized that false gods of all kinds have been worshipped: perfectionism, idealism, legalism, morality, technology, science, scholarship, research, technologies, etc. How are we to distinguish between false gods and the God of love, truth, honesty, integrity, health, wholeness, etc? The worship of false gods promotes: dishonesty disintegration manipulation violence arrogance defensiveness insecurity fear injustice imbalance exclusivity judgment We can tell what kind of gods a person or community worships by what fruits they bear. We need to be fully open minded to recognize which of the above (or other) objects of worship leads people to behave in ways which bear the bitter fruits which are often born of the worship of false gods. The focus of their services may be highly respected and yet bear very bitter fruit. We need to transcend traditional conceptions of respectability and attend closely to the taste of the fruits which are born. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================