“Why is God a jealous God?” ……Answer: It is important to understand how the word "jealous" is used. Its use in Exodus 20:5 to describe God is different from how it is used to describe the sin of jealousy (Galatians 5:20). When we use the word "jealous," we use it in the sense of being […]

“What is a graven image?” ……Answer: The phrase "graven image" comes from the King James Version and is first found in Exodus 20:4 in the first of the Ten Commandments. The Hebrew word translated "graven image" means literally an idol. A graven image is an image carved out of stone, wood, or metal. It could […]

“What are some modern forms of idolatry?” ……All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms. ……First, we worship at the altar […]

“What is the definition of idolatry?” ……The definition of idolatry, according to Webster, is "the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing." An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God. The most prevalent form of idolatry in Bible times was the worship of images that were […]

“Who was Molech?” ……As with much of ancient history, the exact origin of Molech is unclear. The term is believed to have originated with the Phoenician mlk, which meant a type of sacrifice made to confirm or acquit a vow. Melekh is the Hebrew word for king. It was common for the Israelites to combine […]

“Who was Dagon in the Bible?”……Dagon was the chief deity of the Philistines, and the worship of this pagan god dates back the third millennium BC. According to ancient mythology, Dagon was the father of Baal. He was the fish god (dag in Hebrew means "fish"), and he was represented as a half-man, half-fish creature. […]

“Who was Baal?” ……Answer: Baal was the name of the supreme god worshiped in ancient Canaan and Phoenicia. The practice of Baal worship infiltrated Jewish religious life during the time of the Judges (Judges 3:7), became widespread in Israel during the reign of Ahab (1 Kings 16:31-33) and also affected Judah (2 Chronicles 28:1-2). The […]