What is an idol? Do you think you know? For idols are
unrecognized as such, and never seen for what they really are.
That is the only power that they have. Their purpose is obscure,
and they are feared and worshipped, both,
because you do not know what they are for, and
why they have been made. An idol is an image of your brother that
you would value more than what he is. Idols are made that he may
be replaced, no matter what their form. And it is this that never
is perceived and recognized. Be it a body or a thing, a place, a
situation or a circumstance, an object owned or wanted, or a
right demanded or achieved, it is the same.
Let not their form deceive you. Idols are but substitutes for
your reality. In some way, you believe they will complete your
little self, for safety in a world perceived as dangerous, with
forces massed against your confidence and peace of mind. They
have the power to supply your lacks, and add the value that you
do not have. No one believes in idols who has not enslaved
himself to littleness and loss. And thus must seek beyond his
little self for strength to raise his head, and stand apart from
all the misery the world reflects. This is the penalty for
looking not within for certainty and quiet calm that liberates
you from the world, and lets you stand apart, in quiet and in
An idol is a false impression, or a false belief; some form of
anti-Christ, that constitutes a gap between the Christ and what
you see. An idol is a wish, made tangible and given form, and
thus perceived as real and seen outside the mind. Yet it is still
a thought, and cannot leave the mind that is its source. Nor is
its form apart from the idea it represents. All forms of
anti-Christ oppose the Christ. And fall before His face like a
dark veil that seems to shut you off from Him, alone in darkness.
Yet the light is there. A cloud does not put out the sun. No more
a veil can banish what it seems to separate, nor darken by one
whit the light itself.
This world of idols is a veil across the face of
Christ, because its purpose is to separate your brother from
yourself. A dark and fearful purpose, yet a thought without the
power to change one blade of grass from something living to a
sign of death. Its form is nowhere, for its source abides within
your mind where God abideth not. Where is this place where what
is everywhere has been excluded and been kept apart? What hand
could be held up to block God's way? Whose voice could make
demand He enter not? The "more-than-everything" is not a thing to
make you tremble and to quail in fear. Christ's enemy is nowhere.
He can take no form in which he ever will be real.
What is an idol? Nothing! It must be believed before it seems to
come to life, and given power that it may be feared. Its life and
power are its believer's gift, and this is what the miracle
restores to what has life and power worthy of
the gift of Heaven and eternal peace. The miracle does not
restore the truth, the light the veil between has not put out. It
merely lifts the veil, and lets the truth shine unencumbered,
being what it is. It does not need belief to be itself, for it
has been created; so it is.
An idol is established by belief, and when it is withdrawn the
idol "dies." This is the anti-Christ; the strange idea there is a
power past omnipotence, a place beyond the infinite, a time
transcending the eternal. Here the world of idols has been set by
the idea this power and place and time are given form, and shape
the world where the impossible has happened. Here the deathless
come to die, the all-encompassing to suffer loss, the timeless to
be made the slaves of time. Here does the changeless change; the
peace of God, forever given to all living things, give way to
chaos. And the Son of God, as perfect, sinless and as loving as
his Father, come to hate a little while; to suffer pain and
finally to die.
Where is an idol? Nowhere! Can there be a gap in what is
infinite, a place where time can interrupt eternity? A place of
darkness set where all is light, a dismal alcove separated off
from what is endless, has no place to be. An
idol is beyond where God has set all things forever, and has left
no room for anything to be except His Will. Nothing and nowhere
must an idol be, while God is everything and everywhere.
What purpose has an idol, then? What is it for? This is the only
question that has many answers, each depending on the one of whom
the question has been asked. The world believes in idols. No one
comes unless he worshipped them, and still attempts to seek for
one that yet might offer him a gift reality does not contain.
Each worshipper of idols harbors hope his special deities will
give him more than other men possess. It must be more. It does
not really matter more of what; more beauty, more intelligence,
more wealth, or even more affliction and more pain. But more of
something is an idol for. And when one fails another takes its
place, with hope of finding more of something else. Be not
deceived by forms the "something" takes. An idol is a means for
getting more. And it is this that is against God's Will.
God has not many Sons, but only One. Who can have more, and who
be given less? It is for him the Holy Spirit speaks, and tells
you idols have no purpose here. For more than Heaven can you
never have. If Heaven is within, why would you seek for idols
that would make of Heaven less, to give you more than God
bestowed upon your brother and on you, as one with Him? God gave
you all there is. And to be sure you could not lose it, did He
also give the same to every living thing as well. And thus is
every living thing a part of you, as of Himself. No idol can
establish you as more than God. But you will never be content
with being less.