You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
23 And [kai] changed [allasso] the glory [doxa] of the
uncorruptible [aphthartos] God [theos] into [en] an image [eikon] made like [homoioma] to
corruptible [phthartos] man [anthropos], and [kai] to birds [peteinon], and [kai] fourfooted
beasts [tetrapous], and [kai] creeping things [herpeton].
exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and
birds and animals and creeping things. ESV
Anytime you substitute something else in place of God, that makes you a fool. That includes idols, but also resistance to obey His mandates. Any substitution, whether in attitude or in the object of your praise, says that you prefer something else more than you prefer God.
Now, God is life. God is truth. God invented, designed, created everything in this universe. God sustains everything, even life itself. And He does it in spite of the overwhelming opposition that is directed toward Him.
Your reluctant attitude means that you know more than God knows. That you are equal to God. That you have discovered something that God overlooked. That your beliefs, which are based on, well, your beliefs, are more real to you than reality.
A rock, or a sculpted thing, wood, an animal, a bird, a cosmic object, snakes, even the image of man himself, are not life, not truth, are not even capable of inventing anything, let alone hearing you, or seeing you, or speaking to you, or interacting with you in any way, shape or form.
And yet people who pursue these things, have discovered that rocks or animals or sculptured things are somehow smarter and more capable than God.
The next time you walk past a tree, ask it for financial advice, or even a sandwich. Perhaps it can give you the time of day or eternal life.
Perhaps you will discover some secret to the universe that somehow no one else in history has discovered, or that not even God knows.
They say a fool is born every minute. If so, then this world has got to be jam packed with fools.
What does that say about humanity and their interest in truth, or in Christ?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.