Can You Talk To Jesus Through An Idol?

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Who is this man on the picture? I know not this imposter, for my Redeemer lives within me and I follow Him.

Isaiah 46:5-7

5 “Who will you compare Me or make Me equal to?
Who will you measure Me with,
so that we should be like each other?
6 Those who pour out their bags of gold
and weigh out silver on scales—
they hire a goldsmith and he makes it into a god.
Then they kneel and bow down to it.
7 They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along;
they set it in its place, and there it stands;
it does not budge from its place.
They cry out to it but it doesn’t answer;
it saves no one from his trouble.

In verse 5, it is clear that the Lord is against anyone making an idol that represents Him and an image that you believe have the same qualities of the true Living God. If you have done this and are praying to that image, know that you have made your own god.

Imagine your friend has a picture of you in his house. One day you decide to visit him to spend some time together and catch up. While you enter your friend’s house, you see that he has your picture on the wall. He starts to talk to the picture while you look on in bewilderment. Your friend continues to talk to your picture and completely disregards you while you wait for him to finish, so he can come over and talk directly to you. But, as he finishes talking to your picture, he goes to his room and sleeps. 

My friends, that is a depiction of what happens when you pray to an idol in your house or a picture of Jesus hanging on your wall.

In the end, you did not pray to Jesus, you prayed to a demon.

1 Corinthians 10:14-21

14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I am speaking as to wise people. Judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing that we give thanks for, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for all of us share that one bread. 18 Look at the people of Israel. Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in what is offered on the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to participate with demons! 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.

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Jude 1:16-False Teachers Are Never Satisfied

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16 These are murmurers and complainers, walking after their lusts (and their mouth speaks proud things), showing respect of persons to gain advantage.

These false converts to Christ who are teaching false doctrine are never satisfied but are always seeking to have more. No wonder, only through Jesus Christ can a person be fulfilled and have true peace. 

People without the Holy Spirit live only to feed their sinful cravings from a twisted imagination.

“their mouths utter arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage.” The core of their thinking is pride, and they pretend to show others some good qualities [a mirage] for the intention of using it for their own advantage, revealing their true intent.

Jude 1:12-Teachers Who Are Like Dangerous Reefs

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12 These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn leaves without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots

“These are hidden rocky reefs in your love feasts” Coral reefs can be very beautiful to behold and alluring to go look at, but the reefs can have very sharp edges and can cut a person if they brush against it by mistake. Also, lurking in the coral reefs are very deadly creatures like the blue-ringed octopus whose venom can kill any human with no antivenom known to be available.

That is how dangerous a false prophet can be to your spiritual life. They can seem very attractive with their speech and even their appearances, but what comes out of their mouths [teachings] is full-blown venom. His teaching is so convincing that to bring you back to the truth will be very difficult.

“when they feast with you, shepherds who without fear feed themselves” These false teachers pretend to be a caring friend just to get something out of you. They only care how you can bless them with what you have instead of them being a blessing to you. 

“clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn leaves without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots” Since they do not have the Holy Spirit, you think that they will bless you with godly wisdom, however, it will be worldly wisdom which is detestable to the Lord. Their venom that spews out of their mouths promises that if you live by their interpretation, God will have to bless you. In reality, that type of doctrine will start to corrode your faith if you put it into practice.

The last part of the verse describes false teachers as being “twice dead” which shows that their consciences are seared. When you come across a person like that, their door to the truth has been permanently closed. If meeting a person this deadly is unavoidable, we must approach him with extreme caution.  

We must take a false teacher very seriously. The potential for damaging our faith is very great so, we have to constantly be ready by reading Scripture, praying, and applying God’s Word to our daily life.