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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Monday, April 9

Animal worship was common in the ancient world.  In Exodus 32, we are told that the people of Israel sinned against the Lord by making and worshiping a golden calf. 

Bull worship was common in Egypt at this time.  By the Assyrian age of the seventh century BC, the gods were often depicted as half human and half animal.  By the third century, animism lost a great deal of its influence in religion.  The Greeks, for example, depicted the gods not as animals but as humans endowed with superpowers.

The later Roman pantheon was comprised of a plethora of fully human-like gods as well.  So we see a progression of religion with gods increasingly becoming more human.  Nevertheless, creating God in any image is considered a violation of the commandment of God.

Paul speaks out strongly against any and all idolatry in Romans 1:18-25.  Idolatry breeds immorality as well.  The contexts of Exodus 32 and Romans 1 reveal both sins in collusion. 

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