Idol(s) & Idolatry:
“Idol” from Ken Wapnick’s Glossary:
A false belief that there can be something or someone other than God or more than God.
- Symbol of the substitution of the ego for our one true Self or God.
A belief in separation projected onto special relationships with things, people, or ideas.
- The Anti-Christ
“Idols” in the Course:
- Ch. 10, Sec. III, p.184 “The God of Sickness”… on idol of sickness
A sick god must be an idol…that is exactly what the ego does perceive in a Son of God….a sick god, self-created, self-sufficient, very vicious and vulnerable.
- Ch. 20, Sec. VI, p.436 “The Temple of the Holy Spirit” … on bodies as idols
The body is the ego’s idol…a wall of flesh around the mind.
- Ch. 29, Sec. VII, p.617 “Seek not Outside Yourself” … on idol of death
Idols must fail/fall because they have no life…you came to die…and you see death and disappointment everywhere.
- Ch. 29, Sec. VIII, p.619 “The Anti-Christ” … idol as Anti-Christ
What is an idol? Nothing… Where is an idol? Nowhere.
- Ch.29, Sec. IX, p.622 “The Forgiving Dream” … idols as nightmarish toys
Whenever you feel fear in any form… be sure you have made an idol, and believe it will betray you.
- Ch. 30, Sec. III, p.630 “Beyond All Idols”… seeking idols to complete us
This is the purpose of an idol: that you will not look beyond (your needing) it, to the source of the belief that you are incomplete.
- Ch. 30, Sec. IV, p.633 “The Truth behind Illusions”… more on idols as toys
The wearying, dissatisfying gods you made are blown-up children’s toys…The rules he (the child) made for boxes and for bears have failed him…and he is afraid.
- Ch. 30, Sec. V, p.635 “The Only Purpose”… idols as blocks to the real world
The Real World is when we learn how easily idols go when not wanted any more.