Idols are such things as books, crosses, jewelry, paintings, scrolls, pendants
churches, and even words such as God, Lord, Jehovah, Jesus, Buddha or
Mohammed. Anything that cannot be experienced directly must be symbolized, and as such is conceptual. From the Proto-religious perspective, all symbols that represent spiritual deities are idols and all idols are dead and only exist as concepts. If the expression 'Thou shalt have no other Gods before me', where the meaning of 'me' was nature, or any given present circumstance, then this would mean, 'no idols, symbols or representations before the direct, everyday experience of the present reality of the natural world'.
Belief in religious idols have a controlling affect upon the individual. This means
that dead inanimate entities control one's activity, behavior and conduct, and
are an aspect of what is commonly called superstition. Idols are a separation between the individual and actual Spirit. Thus the individual may not have to be and may not actually be Spiritual, nor do they necessarily live a Spiritual life. This is a great convenience. In this way the individual can lead a dual existence, or for most of the time live a non-spiritual life and for an hour or so be a weekend worshiper. The advantages of this is greater freedom without the many Spiritual restrictions such as the freedom to
accumulate material assets regardless of the consequences to the environment
from whence the resources are derived or where these commodities eventually end up. This is usually a completely unconscious mechanism because the individual may not be aware that there is such a thing as direct Spirituality, in
the form of a Spiritual State, as
the experience of any given moment of the Given Existence. The idol also acts
as an excuse and a means in which the individual does not have to accept true responsibility for one's own actions or even lead one's own life. Ultimately responsibility lies with entities to which the idol represents, and the responsibility of the individual is to only obey the given precepts or follow orders.
Idolatry and Religion are defined as
synonymous. Religion is distinguished from Spirituality primarily by the difference of the ability of the individual, to verify through the senses, the existence of spirit and and a spiritual realm which exists co-existent with the planetary plane.
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