Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thinking about Idolatry 拜偶像 (拜邪神 Pài Siâ-sîn)


耶穌說上帝給我們最大的誡命就是要愛祂,因此最大的罪就是不愛上帝,這罪也叫“拜偶像”,就是愛其他人事物超過愛獨一真神、造我們的主。在紐約牧會的Tim Keller牧師說:“生命若不是以上帝為中心,必走向空虛,如果把生命建造在神以外的人事物上,不但渴望無法滿足時會受傷,就算渴望得到滿足,我們也一樣會受傷。很少人可以完全實現生命中所有偉大的夢想,因此人很容易會活在幻想中,以為他們如果能如願成功、致富、受歡迎或變的更美,他們就可以活的快樂又平安,但事實並非如此。” (Translated by Melody Chen)

Thinking about Idolatry

Jesus said that the greatest commandment from God was to love Him. Our failure to love God is our greatest sin. This sin is also called "idolatry": we love something else much more than our Creator, the true God.

Rev. Tim Keller, a pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, wrote: "A life not centered on God leads to emptiness. Building our lives on something besides God not only hurts us if we do not get the desires of our hearts, but also if we do. Few of us get all of our wildest dreams fulfilled in life, and therefore it is easy to live in the illusion that if you were as successful, wealthy, popular or beautiful as you wished, you would finally be happy and at peace. That just is not so." (The Reason for God - pp. 166-167)

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