Idols worshiped in modern days

In one of his "farewell addresses," Moses instructed the children of Israel on the subject of turning from idolatry. (See Deut. 17.) It is a message as applicable today as when it was given.

President Spencer W. Kimball wrote: "Few men have ever knowingly and deliberately chosen to reject God and His blessings. Rather, we learn from the scriptures that because the exercise of faith has always appeared to be more difficult than relying on things more immediately at hand, carnal man has tended to transfer his trust in God to material things."This I find to be a dominant theme in the Old Testament. Whatever thing a man sets his heart and his trust in most is his god; and if his god doesn't also happen to be the true and living God of Israel, that man is laboring in idolatry." (Ensign, July 1976.)

President Kimball further wrote of the subject: "The idolatry we are most concerned with here is the conscious worshiping of still other gods. Some are of metal and plush and chrome, of wood and stone and fabrics. They are not in the image of [aT god or of man, but are developed to give man comfort and enjoyment, to satisfy his wants, ambitions, passions and desires. Some are in no physical form at all, but are intangible.

"Many seem to `worship' on an elemental basis - they live to eat and drink.

"Modern idols or false gods can take such forms as clothes, homes, businesses, machines, automobiles, pleasure boats, and numerous other material deflectors from the path of godlihood. . . .

"Intangible things make just as ready gods. Degrees and letters and titles can become idols." (The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 40.)

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