Idols the root of all evil (1 John 5:21 and Wisdom of Solomon 14:27)

“Little children, ​keep yourselves from idols.” - 1 John 5:21

Yesterday my reading was covering the Apocrypha and I found it pretty fascinating. I’ve only heard of a few of the books of the Apocrypha and the Psqdopigrapha and I know almost nothing about them. Now don’t get me wrong - I am a firm believer in the canon we’ve received and do not consider this books canonical or inspired in whole.

That said, there could be some valuable things in them. By book pointed out that the book Wisdom of Solomon had some verses pointing to idolatry as the root of all sin. Here are the ones it quoted:

“For the devising of idols was the beginning of spiritual fornication, and the invention of them the corruption of life.” - Wisdom of Solomon 14:12

“For the worshipping of idols not to be named is the beginning, the cause, and the end, of all evil.” - Wisdom of Solomon 14:27

I found it interesting being this well and clearly stated just because I so agree with this. Especially the second verse. I feel like in our lives we’re just worshiping wrong things and thats what leads us to sin the first place and then further and further down those paths. Those idols may be money, fame, sex, alcohol, etc… but they’re all things that we worship before the Lord and thereby break the first commandment.

I’ve talked about this before but I have a picture for you - which I wont draw because I cant draw. Imagine us bowing down to an idol called Money, or Sex. And we want to not worship it - we know that the real God is over there somewhere, but we just stand before this idol and keep looking at it and telling ourselves “Don’t worship that, don’t worship that, don’t worship that. Only God satisfies, only God satisfies, only God satisfies.” But we don’t leave the foot of our idol. We just stand there instead of walking away or choosing to turn around and face God.

Fascinating really.

I like these clearly stated verses about the root of sin. The Bible definitely makes it clear but not AS clear in AS straightforward of language.

Interesting stuff.