Stop Touching the Unclean Thing

2 Corinthians 6:17 “‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Yehowah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.’”

Used with permission by Crichton E M Miller

Ptolemaic Frieze showing the cross with a picture of a man and woman on it.

Clearly, the cross is the male image of Egyptian origin.

Deuteronomy 4:16 that you may not act corruptly by making for yourselves any carved image having the form of any symbol, the representation of male or female,

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.

Deuteronomy 4:15-20 15  “Therefore, watch yourselves closely*—since you did not see any form on the day Yehowah spoke to you in Horʹeb out of the middle of the fire— 16  that you may not act corruptly by making for yourselves any carved image having the form of any symbol, the representation of male or female,v 17  the representation of any animal on the earth or the representation of any bird that flies in the sky,w 18  the representation of anything creeping on the ground or the representation of any fish in the waters under the earth.x 19  And when you raise your eyes to the heavens and see the sun and the moon and the stars—all the army of the heavens—do not get seduced and bow down to them and serve them.y Yehowah your God has given them to all the peoples under the whole heavens. 20  But you are the ones Yehowah took and brought out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to become the people of his personal possession,*z as you are today.

This is referring to symbols and pictures that are venerated, not normal artwork.

Psalms 115:3-8  Our God is in the heavens;He does whatever he pleases.   Their idols are silver and gold,The work of human hands.d   A mouth they have, but they cannot speak;eEyes, but they cannot see;   Ears they have, but they cannot hear;A nose, but they cannot smell;   Hands they have, but they cannot feel;Feet, but they cannot walk;fThey make no sound with their throat.g   The people who make them will become just like them,hAs will all those who trust in them.i

Are All Religions the Same? Do They All Lead to God?

The Bible’s answer

No, all religions are not the same. The Bible contains many examples of religions that displease God. These fall into two basic categories.

Category 1: Worshipping false gods

The Bible describes the worship of false gods with such terms as “delusion,” “futility,” and “useless.” (Jeremiah 10:3-5; 16:19, 20) Jehovah * God commanded the ancient nation of Israel: “You must not have any other gods besides me.” (Exodus 20:3, 23; 23:24) When the Israelites worshipped other gods, “Jehovah became enraged.”—Numbers 25:3; Leviticus 20:2; Judges 2:13, 14.

God still has the same attitude toward the worship of such “so-called gods.” (1 Corinthians 8:5, 6; Galatians 4:8) He commands those who want to worship him to stop associating with those who practice false religion, saying: “Get out from among them, and separate yourselves.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) If all religions are the same and lead people to God, then why would God give such a command?

Category 2: Worshipping the true God in a way he does not approve

At times, the Israelites worshipped God using beliefs and practices borrowed from the worship of false gods, but Jehovah rejected this attempt to mix true religion with false. (Exodus 32:8; Deuteronomy 12:2-4) Jesus condemned the religious leaders of his day because of the way they worshipped God; they made an outward show of being religious, yet they hypocritically “disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely, justice and mercy and faithfulness.”—Matthew 23:23.

Likewise today, only religion that is based on truth leads people to God. This truth is found in the Bible. (John 4:24; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17) Religions whose teachings conflict with the Bible actually steer people away from God. Many teachings that people think come from the Bible—including the Trinity, the immortal soul, and eternal torment—were borrowed from those who worshipped false gods. Worship that promotes such teachings is “in vain,” or useless, because it replaces God’s requirements with religious traditions.—Mark 7:7, 8.

God detests religious hypocrisy. (Titus 1:16) To help people draw closer to God, a religion must affect their everyday lives and not just consist of rituals or formalities. For example, the Bible says: “If any man thinks he is religious but does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he is deceiving his own heart, and his worship is futile. The religion that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world.” (James 1:26, 27; footnotes) The King James Version uses the expression “pure religion” for this clean, unhypocritical worship.

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