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Idolatry First commandment God gives to Israel -Idolatry makes love impossible -NEED balance between (1) self love (2) love of others (2) love of God -Need all of them…but DON’T want (1) pride (2) possessiveness of others(3) overly religious/devout (devotion used to mean “curse” or consign to evil) -and DON’T want (1) self-hate (2) hatred of others (3) rejection of God Benedictine nun hymn: TO LIVE, AND LOVE, AND DIE as Jesus Christ did Learning to love is difficult because it takes (1) devotion (2) time and ours is a fast-food culture To give up oneself in love, or dedication, one must have a self Idolatry is all about resisting love – we can even make that resistance an idol, walling ourselves in, physically or emotionally. We can become so safe that, as far as other people are concerned, we might as well be dead. RELIGION ITSELF CAN BECOME AN IDOL (Pharisee’s prayer) Idolatry does not = problem of primitive people worshiping statues
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