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YÁOHU Ulhím spoke:

'I am YÁOHU your Ulhím (The All-Powerful Triune Eternal Creator) Who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.

'You must never worship any other 'lo-ulhím' (idols) but Me alone.

'You must never have nor make idols; don't worship images, whether of birds, animals or fish. You shall not bow down or worship them in any way, for I am YÁOHU your Ulhím, and I will not share your affection with any other idol!

'I am YÁOHU UL Qan-áh (the Possessive Avenger), and I will bring the curse of the people's sins upon even the third and fourth generation of the children of those who hate Me; but I will show My kindness and tender mercies to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands.

'You shall not use the Shúam (Name) of YÁOHU your Ulhím disrespectfully, nor use it to swear to a lie. You will not escape punishment if you do.'
Deuteronomy 5:6-11, Holy Scriptures

The Origins of Idolatry

Sexual immorality began when idols were invented. They have corrupted human life ever since they were first made.

Idols have not always existed, nor will they exist forever. It was human pride that brought them into the world, and that is why a quick end has been planned for them.

Once there was a father who was overwhelmed with grief at the untimely death of his child, so he made an image of that child who had been unexpectedly taken from him.

He then honored a dead human being as a lo-ulhím (idol), and handed on secret rituals and ceremonies to those who were under his authority.

As time went on, this wicked custom became more popular. Finally it became a law, and lo-ulhím (idols, icons, images and statues) were being worshiped at the command of powerful rulers.

When people lived too far away to honor a ruler in his presence but were eager to pay honor to this absent king, they would imagine what he must look like, and would then make an image or a likeness of him.

The ambitious artists who made these images caused this worship to spread, even among people who did not know the king. An artist might want to please some ruler, and so he would use his skill to make the likeness better looking than the man himself.

Then people would be so attracted by the work of art, that the man whom they had earlier honored now became the object of their worship.

So all this became a deadly trap, because people who were grieving, or under royal authority, would take objects of stone or wood, and give them the honor reserved for the One YÁOHU Ulhím.

The Results of Idolatry

One thing led to another. It was not enough to be wrong about the knowledge of the Almighty Creator. They lived in a state of evil warfare, but they were so ignorant that they called it 'peace.'

They murdered children in their initiation rituals, celebrated secret mysteries and held wild ceremonial orgies with unnatural practices.

They no longer kept their lives or their marriages pure. A man might kill another by an act of treachery or cause him grief by committing adultery with his wife.

Everything was a complete riot of bloody murder, robbery, deceit, corruption, faithlessness, disorder, falsehood, harassment of innocent people, ingratitude, moral decay, sexual perversion, broken marriages, adultery and immorality.

The worship of lo-ulhím (idols, icons, images and statues), whose names should never be spoken, is the beginning and the end, the cause and the result of every evil.

People who worship them lose control of themselves in ecstasy, or pass off lies as prophecies, or live wickedly, or break their word without second thoughts.

They tell lies under oath and expect no punishment, because the lo-ulhím they put their trust in are lifeless.

But punishment will finally catch up with them, for two reason: first, they were in error about YÁOHU Ulhím when they worshiped lo-ulhím, and second, they had so little regard for holiness that they made false statements to deceive people.

When wicked people commit sin, they will be hunted down, not by the power of whatever thing they swear by, but by the punishment that sinners deserve.

But You, our YÁOHU Ulhím, are kind and true and patient. You rule the universe with mercy. Even if we sin, we know Your power and are still Yours.

But because we know that we belong to You, we will not sin. Knowing You is perfect righteousness. Recognizing Your power is where immortality begins.

We have not been misled by any evil product of human skill, by any useless object painted by some artist, or by any lo-ulhím (idols, icons, images and statues) smeared with different colors.

The sight of such things arouses the passions of stupid people and makes them desire a dead, lifeless image.

Anyone who makes such a thing or desires it or worships it is in love with something evil, and gets what he deserves when he places his hopes in it.

The Stupidity of Worshiping Clay Idols

A potter works the soft clay and carefully shapes each object for our use. Some things he makes are put to fine use, and some are not, but he makes them all from the same clay, and shapes them in the same manner.

The potter himself decides which objects shall be used for what purposes. He is a human being who was himself formed from earth only a short while earlier, and after a little while, when he must return the soul that was lent to him, he will go back to the same earth.

He is a human being, but he wastes his labor shaping a useless idol out of the same clay that he uses to make pots. His life will be short, and he will soon have to die, but he is not concerned about that.

He wants to compete with those who work in gold, silver and bronze, and make things like they do. He takes great pride in the things he makes, but they are counterfeit Creators.

His heart is made of ashes. His hope is cheaper than dirt. His life is not worth as much as his clay, because he never came to know YÁOHU Ulhím Who shaped him, Who breathed into him an active soul and a living spirit.

He thinks of human life as just a game, a market where he can make a profit. He believes that he must make money however he can, even by evil ways.

This man who makes idols and fragile pots from the same clay, knows better than anyone else that he is sinning.

The Stupidity of Nature & Earth Worship

Anyone who does not know YÁOHU UL is simply stupid. Such people look at their fine surroundings and still fail to see the living YÁOHU UL.

They have studied the things He made, but they have not recognized the One Who made them. Instead, they suppose that the gods who rule the world are fire or wind or storm or the circling evening lights (sta-s) or rushing water or the heavenly bodies.

People were so delighted with the beauty and grandeur of these things that they thought they must be idols, but they should have realized that these things have a Ruler and He is much greater than all of them, for He is the Creator of beauty, and He created them.

Since people are amazed at the power of these things, and how they behave, they ought to learn from them that their Maker is far more pwoerful. When we realize how vast and beautiful the creation is, we are learning about YÁOHU UL, the Creator, at the same time.

But maybe we are too harsh with these people. After all, they may have really wanted to find YÁOHU UL, but couldn't. Surrounded by YÁOHU UL's creation, they keep on looking at them, until they are finally convinced that because the things they see are so admirable, they must be idols.

But still, these people really have no excuse. If they had enough intelligence to speculate about the nature of the universe, why did they never find YÁOHU UL of all things?

The Most Miserable People

The most miserable people of all are those who rest their hopes on lifeless objects, who worship things that have been made by human hands - images of persons and animals artistically made from gold and silver, or some useless stone carved by someone years ago.

A skilled woodworker may saw down some suitable tree, carefully strip off the bark, and then, with skillful craftsmanship, make from it an object that will serve some useful purpose.

He will take the leftover pieces and use them as firewood to cook a meal that he can sit down to and enjoy.

But among that scrap wood he may take one piece that isn't suitable for anything - maybe it's crooked and full of knots - and carefully carve it in his leisure time, using spare moments to shape it into the crude image of a person, or may of some worthless animal.

He paints it all over with red, covering up every flaw in the work. Then he prepares a nice place in the wall for it and fastens it in place with iron nails.

He is careful to keep it from falling, because he knows it is only an idol and needs help; it cannot help itself.

But he is not ashamed to pray to this lifeless thing about his marriage, his children, and his possessions.

It is weak, but he prays to it for health. It is dead, but he prays to it for life. It has no experience, but he prays to it for wisdom.

It cannot walk, but he prays to it for a successful journey. Its hands have no power, but he asks it to help him - in business, in making money and in his work.
Excerpts from the Book of Ecclesiasticus
(Wisdom of Yaohushua ben Sorcha)

This is a copy of the letter sent by Yarmi-YÁOHU (Jeremiah) to the people of Yaohushua-oleym (Jerusalem) just before they were captured by the Babylonian King and taken to captivity. It contains the message that YÁOHU Ulhím had commanded Yarmi-YÁOHU (Jeremiah) to give them.

The People Face a Long Captivity

You have sinned against YÁOHU UL. That is why you are about to be taken away as prisoners to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. You will remain there in exile for many years, as long as seven generations; then YÁOHU Ulhím will lead you peacefully home from Babylon.

There in Babylon you will see lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) made of wood, silver and gold - idols which people carry on their shoulders and which fill the heathen with reverential fear.

You must be careful never to imitate those Gentiles. Don't let their lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) fill you with reverential fear when you see them being carried in processions and being worshiped.

Instead, say to yourselves, 'It is You alone, YÁOHU UL, that we must worship!' YÁOHU UL's Angel will be there with you; He will take care of you.

The Helplessness of Idols

Their lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) are plated with silver and gold and have tongues that were carved by woodworkers. But they are not real Creators, and they cannot speak.

The people make gold crowns and put them on the heads of their lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues), as if these idols were girls who love jewelry.

Sometimes the priests steal the silver and gold from their lo-ulhím and spend it on themselves; they even give some of it to the temple prostitutes.

People take these lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) of wood, silver and gold and put clothes on them, as if they were human.

But even though the lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) are dressed in purple robes like kings, they still cannot keep themselves from being tarnished or protect themselves from termites.

When dust from their temple settles on their faces, someone has to wipe it off for them. Like human judges they hold scepters in their hands, but they have no power to punish anyone who wrongs them.

Sometimes they have daggers and axes in their hands, but they cannot protect themselves from being destroyed in war or from being carried off by thieves.

All of this proves that they are not genuine Ulhím (Creators) - so you must never worship them!

Those lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) sitting in their temples are as useless as a broken bowl. Their eyes are filled with the dust that people kick up when they come in.

The priests fortify the temples with doors and bars and bolts, so that thieves cannot break in. The lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) are locked up as securely like a prisoner about to be executed for a crime against the king.

The priests light candles for the lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) far more than they need for their own use, but these lo-ulhím can't see even one of them.

Their insides are eaten away by termites, just like the wooden beams of the temple, and their clothing is destroyed, but they don't even know it.

Their faces are blackened by the smoke in the temple. Bats, swallows and other birds perch on them, and even cats sit on them. All of this proves that they are not genuine Ulhím (Creators) - so you must never worship them!

These lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) have been plated with gold to make them beautiful, but they do not shine unless someone polishes them. When they were being poured into molds, they felt nothing.

It makes no difference how high a price is paid for them; they are still unable to breathe. See how useless they are!

They can't walk on their own feet, but must be carried around. Even those who take care of them are embarrassed when one of their lo-ulhíms (idols, images, icons and statues) falls to the ground and has to be picked up again.

When someone puts one of them erect in a certain place, it cannot move, and if it is leaning over, it can never align itself up.

Offering gifts to them is like giving gifts to a corpse. Priests sell what is sacrificed to their lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) and use the money on themselves.

And the wives of the priests preserve the sacrifices with salt for later use, instead of sharing them with the poor and helpless.

Even women who are having their monthly period or women who have just given birth are allowed to touch the sacrifices. All of this proves that they are not genuine Ulhím (Creators) - so you must never worship them!

How can they ever be called Ulhím (All-Powerful Eternal Beings), when women are allowed to make offerings to these things made of wood, silver and gold? The priests even sit in the temples when they are in mourning, with torn clothes and shaven, uncovered heads.

The priests roar and shout in the presence of their lo-ulhím as if they were taking part in a funeral feast. They take the clothing off their lo-ulhím and give it to their wives and children.

It doesn't matter whether a person helps or harms these objects of lo-ulhím, since they cannot pay him back. They are not able to make anyone a king or to dethrone him, and they cannot make a person wealthy or give him any money.

When someone makes a vow to them but does not keep it, they will never make him pay. They can never rescue a person from death, and they never help a weak person against one who is powerful.

They cannot bring back sight to the blind or save anyone is distress. They cannot offer any mercy or give help to widows or orphans. These things made of gold are as powerless as stone taken from the mountains; and the people who worship them will be put to shame. How can anyone even think that they are Ulhím (Creators) or call them Ulhím?

The Foolishness of Worshiping Idols

The Babylonians bring dishonor on their own lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues). When someone cannot speak, they take him to the temple and ask Baal to give him the power of speech, as if Baal could comprehend anything.

But even when the people realize that their lo-ulhím cannot help, they are stupid enough to go on worshiping them. Not only that, but women tie cords around themselves and sit alongside the road burning incense and offering themselves as prostitutes.

When one of them is taken off for sex, she returns to ridicule the woman next to her who was not beautiful enough to be chosen.

Everything about these lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) is a scam and fraudulent. How can anyone even think that they are Ulhím (Creators) or call them Ulhím (Creators)?

Woodworkers and goldsmiths make these lo-ulhím, so they can never be anything other than what these people want them to be. Even their makers do not live long lives, so how are they able to create Creators?

These people leave nothing but deceit and disgrace as an inheritance for future generations. When wars and disturbances come, the priests plan where they can go into hiding with their lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues).

These idols are helpless in the face of wars and disturbances. Why can't people realize that these are not genuine Creators much less Saviors?

These lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) are nothing more than wood covered with silver and gold; one day it will be clear that they are really not genuine Creators-Saviors at all.

All nations and kings will realize that idols are nothing more than the work of human hands. They do not have the power of the true All-Powerful Eternal Creator, and everyone should know that they are not really Ulhím (Creators).

These lo-ulhím can never make anyone a king or bring rain. They can't make decisions about their own affairs or give justice to someone who has been wronged; these objects can do absolutely nothing [though the evil spirits dwelling in them can do harm to those who worship them!].

They are as useless as crows flying around in the air. When a temple catches on fire, the priests run away to save themselves, while the lo-ulhím made of wood and covered with silver and gold are left to burn like wooden beams.

They can't fight kings or go to war against enemies. How can anyone believe that they are real, genuine Creators and Saviors?

These lo-ulhím of wood, covered with silver and gold, cannot protect themselves from thieves and robbers, who take off the silver and gold and the clothing of these lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) and run away with all of it.

These lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) can do nothing to stop them. Anything from a courageous king to a useful piece of pottery is better than a false Creator.

Even a door is better than a lo-ulhím; a door at least protects the things in the house. Even a wooden pillar in a palace is better than these lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues).

YÁOHU UL provided the sun, the moon, and the evening celestial lights (cocavim - sta-s) to give light, and they obey Him. The same is true of lightning and wind. The lightning can be seen far and wide, and the wind blows everywhere.

When YÁOHU UL commands the clouds to spread out over the whole world, they obey. When YÁOHU UL sends down fire from heaven to burn up mountains and forests, it does what it is told.

Lo-ulhim (idol, images, icons and statues) cannot do these things - they can't even do a fine imitation. Why should they be considered as Creators and Saviors, Helpers and Rescuers, when they are not able to help us or harm us in any way? You know that they are not genuine Creators - so never worship them!

These lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) have no power over kings; they cannot pronounce curses on them or grant them blessings. They cannot produce for the nations any signs in the sky; they cannot shine like the sun or the moon.

Even wild animals are better off than these lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues); animals can at least run from danger to protect themselves. So it is absolutely clear that they are not genuine Creators nor Saviors - so you must never worship them!

These lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) of theirs, made of wood and covered with silver and gold, are about as helpful as a scarecrow in a cucumber patch; they are no protection at all.

They give as much benefit as a thorn bush in a garden; instead of keeping birds away, they provide a perch for them. These lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues) are like a dead bodies thrown out into the darkness.

The purple linen robes they wear rot away, so we know that they are not Creators nor Saviors. Finally they will be eaten by termites, and then no one anywhere will have any use for them.

The upright person has an advantage over others; he does not have nor own any of these lo-ulhím (idols, images, icons and statues), and they can never make a fool of him.
The Letter of the Prophet Yarmi-YÁOHU (Jeremiah)

YÁOHU Ulhím said: 'I am YÁOHU your Ulhím (The All-Powerful Triune Eternal Creator) Who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.

'You must never worship any other lo-ulhím but Me.

'You must never have nor make idols; don't worship images, whether of birds, animals or fish. You shall not bow down or worship them in any way, for I am YÁOHU your Ulhím, and I will not share your affection with any other idol!

'I am YÁOHU UL Qan-áh (the Possessive Avenger), and I will bring the curse of the people's sins upon even the third and fourth generation of the children of those who hate Me; but I will show My kindness and tender mercies to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands.

'You shall not use the Shúam (Name) of YÁOHU your Ulhím disrespectfully, nor use it to swear to a lie. You will not escape punishment if you do.'
Deuteronomy 5:6-11, Holy Scriptures

All this is given to you, in true love and deep humility....

Ol Shúam (in the Name of) YAOHÚSHUA hol-MEHUSHKHÁY, am-nám!

Now you are free, you are delivered and you are whole!

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