‘n Afgod?

Een van die tien gebooie is dat ‘n Christen nie ‘n afgod mag hê nie. Wat goed en wel is as mens dit sien in die lig van die aanbidding van beeldjies van Buddha, een van die Hindu gode of  vreemde maskers op jou mure. Die ander populêre manier om dit te interpreteer is dat jy nie geld jou alles maak nie. Dit dek omtrent die algemene verstaan van afgoddery, maar is dit waarvan die Bybel praat?

N.T. Wright het ‘n baie duidelike verduideliking van dit wat hy sien ‘n afgod is:

“Christians are not defined by skin colour, by gender, by geographical location, or even, shockingly, by their good behaviour. Nor are they defined by the particular type of religious feelings they may have. They are defined in terms of the god they worship. That’s why we say the Creed at the heart of our regular liturgies: we are defined as the people who believe in this god. All other definitions of the church are open to distortion. We need theology, we need doctrine, because if we don’t have it something else will come in to take its place. And any other defining marks of the church will move us in the direction of idolatry.”

Let op dat Wright nie sê dat mense erken word aan die afgode wat hul aanbid nie, maar dat Christenne erken word aan die god wat hul aanbid.  Is die God wat jy aanbid die ware God en hoe weet jy? Die Bybel bespreek die ware God in diepte, dit is tog ‘n openbaring van God. God het dit gegee sodat ons Hom kan leer ken. Tel Knowing God van J.I. Packer op en sien presies in hoe groot detail die Bybel die ware God aan ons bekend maak.

Mark Driscoll bespreek die onderwerp in meer detail in die blog What Is Idolatry? en daarin gee hy die volgende raad om teen idolatry te staan:

  • Be careful of making a good thing, such as marriage, sex, children, health, success, or financial stability, an ultimate thing, or what Jesus called our “treasure.”
  • Avoid participating in any religious community where the clear truth claims of Scripture are ignored while contemplative and mystical practices are favored simply for their spiritual experience.
  • Be careful of any church or ministry wherein acts of mercy and environmental stewardship are devoid of a theology of the cross and wind up being little more than the worship of created people and things.
  • And be careful not to worship a good thing as a god thing for that is a bad thing.
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