“When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.”
So many people I know, including myself in the past, would read this verse and say, “well, at least it doesn’t mean that to me!”
I used to celebrate Christmas. I never knew about the evil roots from which christmas actually originated, but when I first heard about it, my attitude was “well it doesn’t mean that to me.”
Since that time I’ve heard countless people defend their acceptance of evil rituals that have been recycled and reused to supposedly worship our Creator by saying something like “it doesn’t mean that anymore,” or, “it doesn’t mean that to me.”
And while that certainly may be the case that you aren’t thinking about the evil spirits behind certain images or symbols or practices, the fact remains that at one point in time, that’s what they stood for. And to our Creator and King who transcends time, it still does.
Before you think to yourself that just because those images and practices don’t carry that meaning to yourself, and that somehow G-d adapts to our intentions, read through that passage again.
It really doesn’t matter whether you think certain scriptures are still applicable or not. Our G-d, the Creator of the universe, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who never changes and never waivers, told us very clearly that it doesn’t matter if our hearts are in the “right place” or not. Things that our King deems abhorrent should also be considered abhorrent by us.
You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods