golden calfThis is very much a work in progress… I’d love to hear what you think…

I see two types of idolatry:

1.   Treat something else like God.

  1. Faith – place our confidence or trust in something else to do what only God can do or has promised to do.
  2. Love – offer our service or devotion (time, energy, work, sacrifice) to some group, principle, practice, or ideal.

2.   Treat God like something else.

  1. Narcissism – turn God into a bigger version of us: looks like us, inhabits our territory, stands for our ideas or ideals, etc.
  2. Magic – turn God into a means to get us what we want: power, security, food, pleasure, comfort, wealth, image, success, wisdom, etc.