Idols are such things as books, crosses, jewelry, paintings, scrolls, pendants, churches, and even words such as God, Lord, Jehovah, Jesus, Buddha or Muhammad. Anything that cannot be experienced directly must be symbolized, and as such is conceptual. From the
Proto-religious perspective, all symbols that represent spiritual deities are idols and all idols are dead and only exist as concepts. If the expression 'Thou shall have no other Gods before me', and wherein the meaning of 'me' was replaced with nature, or any given present circumstance, then this would mean, 'no idols, symbols or representations before the direct, everyday experience of the present reality of the natural world'.
Belief in religious idols have a controlling affect upon the individual. This means that dead inanimate entities control one's activity, behavior and conduct, and are an aspect of what is commonly called superstition. Idols are a separation between the individual and actual Spirit. Thus the individual may not have to be and may not actually be Spiritual, nor do they necessarily live a Spiritual life. This is a great convenience. In this way the individual can lead a dual existence, or for most of the time live a non-spiritual life, and for an hour or so on the weekend be a worshiper. The advantages of this is greater freedom without the many Spiritual restrictions such as the freedom to accumulate material assets, regardless of the consequences to the environment,
from whence the resources are derived, or where these commodities eventually end up. This is usually a completely unconscious mechanism because the individual may not be aware that there is such a thing as direct or emperical Spirituality, in the form of a Spiritual State, as the experience of any given moment of the Given Existence.
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