Indian floods, idol worship, and The Way to Salvation

On June 21, 2013 a catastrophe took place in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand (which is known as the ‘Land of the gods’ with Hindu shrines built high in the mountains) as can be seen by the photograph below of a submerged idol of the Hindu ‘lord’ Shiva which stands in the flooded River Ganges in Rishikesh. Monsoon torrential rains have caused widespread havoc in many villages and towns across northern India, leading to flash floods, cloudbursts, and mud landslides that have taken the lives of many inhabitants and devotees, and left scores of people isolated, stranded and destitute in this Himalayan region. Many have lost all they possessed. Destruction has come at a huge cost where many blame it on the greed of man, raping the countryside of trees and others have lost all due to their unwise actions of building their houses and other buildings on the flood-plains.

Shriva Flood 1

Here is an online article that shows the pain, suffering, loss of possessions, the devastation that prevailed and the loss of life and death that followed: MailOnline at the Daily Mail in the UK. Another report appears at this link today, June 29, 2013: Over 10,000 people killed in monsoon floods in N. India. The following quote appears at this latter link: “”More than 100,000 flood survivors, mostly Hindu pilgrims, have been rescued till date. People have been evacuated from many parts and rescue operations by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force are now focused on those areas where still 4,000 people are stranded,” a senior government official said.”

Here is a short history of who this idolatrise god Shiva really is that can be found in part, as recorded here, at Wikipedia:

PHOTO - AP

PHOTO – AP

Shiva is considered the supreme deity, the ultimate source and goal by the Saivite sect. The Pashupati, Shaiva Siddhanta and some other sects view Shiva an equal to, or even greater than the Absolute (Brahman). Shiva’s character, unlike Vishnu is ‘ambivalent,’ as he can be a moral and paternal god, or a god of outsiders, of those outside the Brahmanical mainstream, worshipped in various ways. Several Tantric cults are also associated with Shiva.

In classical Hindu mythology Shiva is the god of destruction, generally portrayed as a yogin who lives on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas. His body is smeared with ashes, his hair piled up in matted locks. He wears an animal skin and carries a trident. A cobra often serves as his garland and the crescent moon as his hair ornament. He has a third eye, kept closed in the middle of his forehead. He may be surrounded by his beautiful wife Parvati, and their two sons, the six-faced Skanda and the elephant-headed Ganesha.

This is a description of what the One True God Almighty, calls an abomination – evil and wicked. This ‘god of destruction’ is not a god that could save his Hindu devotees. Destruction came and he could not help. He was useless with calamity taking place around him. Here is a wonderful Story that God tells us in the Holy Bible where His prophet Elijah met with the idolatrise Baal worshippers, and shows His power, as it is written in 1 Kings 18:21-40 ~

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

1 Kings 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

1 Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

1 Kings 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

1 Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

1 Kings 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

1 Kings 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

1 Kings 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

1 Kings 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

1 Kings 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

1 Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

1 Kings 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

1 King 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

1 King 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

1 Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

1 Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

1 Kings 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

We also read of another account in Judges 10 where Israel has once again turned from serving and worshipping YHVH and turned to serving the idol gods of Baalim as we read, as it is written in verses 10-14 ~

Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.

Judges 10:11 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?

Judges 10:12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.

Judges 10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

Judges 10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

Are you reading and hearing what God is saying. Whilst the loss of any life should be grieved we can learn from the Holy Word of God – in the Holy Bible – that the Creator of the world brings about judgment even in this present age to all who do not fear Him and who do commit heinous crime against Him by their doings. We read in Psalm 9:16 ~

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

We learn much from God’s Word and how He dealt with His people Israel. When ever Israel revolted and rebelled against Adonai (God) in idolatry, God brought correction through Judgment. There is an ‘old saying’: “If you do not want to listen, then you must feel!” And feel Israel certainly did. But the lessons to be learnt is that God doesn’t just bring His Judgment against the Jew – He also brings Judgment against the Gentile – the common man that sins against Him. The Judgment against the Jew and Gentile in the Holy Scriptures is an ensample (example) of what will happen if we do not fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14). We should clarify a very important doctrine here. God disciplines and chastises those that belong to Him (Leviticus 26:27,28), those who believe upon His Son the Lord Jesus Christ as a loving Father who corrects and disciplines His children with chastening (Hebrews 12:6-8), but God judges with wrath the unbelieving heathen who rejects His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, who chooses to follow other gods and are friends of the world which disqualify themselves and make them enemies of God (James 4:4). That is why we are warned to flee from idols. This doctrine is also encapsulated in Jeremiah 10:24 where we should seek discipline in correction, but not by God’s wrath, as Matthew Henry records in his commentary, so eloquently: “If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God’s rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath.”

Here are further indictments against idol worship:

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Psalm 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Psalm 115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

Psalm 115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

Psalm 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

Psalm 115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

This is the result when idol worshippers, who want to hold to their religious practises that go against God’s Word; then they become full of wrath, even murderous in their evil actions which is not the work of the One True God the Father, but the demonic work  of their father the Devil who wants people to worship gods and to rebel against the authority of their Creator God, as we read ~

Act 19:23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

Act 19:24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;

Act 19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

Act 19:26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:

Act 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

Act 19:28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

We also read how God reveals His wrath from heaven in Romans 1:18-25 ~

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

God is Holy, Perfect, Righteous, Good, Sovereign, Just, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, the Ancient of days, the Truth and a Consuming Fire who will judge this world in righteousness. God commands us mere mortals to live perfect (Matthew 5:48) and holy (1 Peter 1:16) lives before Him in the fear of God (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14; Philippians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:17).

The only way of escaping God’s wrath on Judgment Day, is through repentance toward God, and our faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). It is only through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ that a sinner can escape the wrath of God. Peace has to be restored between a Holy God and sinful man. Man made religions expect mankind to work and do religious practices before gods (idols) trying to work their way to being accepted, but the God of the Holy Bible has already done all to save His enemies from His wrath by offering His grace (unmerited favour) through faith (a gift of the Holy Spirit) being His gift (Ephesians 2:8,9) to sinners, that if they will be humbled by His Law (Galatians 3:24) and call upon the name of His Son Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) through repentance (the goodness of God – Romans 1:4) God will save you and in no wise cast you away, as we read as our Lord Jesus the Christ speaks ~

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

If God Almighty is speaking to your heart now, call upon Him to save you. For that is the reason why our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, died, buried and resurrected to life so that we too may have everlasting life. It comes at a cost. You must die to self and your religious works, and put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. REPENT of your sins today for that is your only hope.

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