“Don’t be jealous of the wife you love. You will only be teaching her how to do you harm. Do not surrender your dignity to any woman. Keep away from other men’s wives or they will trap you. Don’t keep company with female musicians; they will trick you. Don’t look too intently at a virgin, or you may find yourself forced to pay a bride price. Don’t give yourself to prostitutes, or you may lose everything you own. So don’t go looking about in the streets or wandering around in the rundown parts of town. When you see a good-looking woman, look the other way; don’t let your mind dwell on the beauty of any woman who is not wife. Many men have been led astray by a woman’s beauty. It kindles passion as if it were fire Don’t sit down to eat with another man’s wife or join her for a drink. You may give in to the temptation of her charms and be destroyed by your passion.”
“Sexual immorality began when idols were invented. They have corrupted human life ever since they were first made. Idols have not always existed, nor will they exist forever. It was human pride that brought them into the world, and that is why a quick end has been planned for them.
Once there was a father who was overwhelmed with grief at the untimely death of his child who had been suddenly taken from him. He then honored a dead human being as a god, and handed on secret rituals and ceremonies to those who were under his authority. As time went on, this ungodly custom became stronger. Finally it became law, and idols were being worshiped at the command of powerful rulers. When people lived too far away to honor a ruler in his presence but were eager to pay honor to this absent king, they would imagine what he must look like, and would make a likeness of him. The ambitious artists who made these likenesses caused this worship to spread, ever among people who did not know the king. An artist might want to please some ruler, and so he would use his skill to make the likeness better looking than the actual person. Then people would be so attracted by the work of art, that the one whom they had earlier honored now became the object of their worship.
So all this became a deadly trap, because people who were grieving or under royal authority, would take objects of stone or wood, and give them the honor reserved the One God.”
Does this make you think about the academy award shows or popular magazines that determine who is the most beautiful person? What about sports figures and politicians? Wake up and recognize idolatry and why we have immorality!!!!! It is because of pride and grief!
“But the most miserable people of all are those who rest their hopes on lifeless things, who worship things that have been made by human hands–images of animals artistically made from gold and silver, or some useless stone carved by someone years ago. A skilled woodworker may saw down some suitable tree, carefully strip off the bark, and then, with skillful craftsmanship, make from it an object that will serve some useful purpose. He will take the leftover pieces and use them as firewood to cook a meal that he can sit down to and enjoy. But among that scrap wood he may take one piece that isn’t good for anything–maybe it’s crooked and full of knots–carefully carve it in his leisure time, using spare moments to shape it into the crude image of a person, or maybe of some worthless animal. He paints it all over with red, covering up every flaw in the work. Then he prepares a suitable place in the wall for it and fastens it in place with iron nails. He is careful to keep it from falling because he knows it is only an idol and needs help; it cannot help itself. But he is not ashamed to pray to this lifeless thing about his marriage, his children, and his possessions. It is weak, but he pray to it for health. It is dead, but he prays to it for life. It has not experience, but he prays to it for help. It cannot walk, but he prays to it for a successful journey. Its hands have not power, but he asks it to help him–in business, in making money, and in his work.”
“There is no excuse for unjustified anger; it can bring about your downfall. Wait and be patient, and later you will be glad you did. Keep quiet until the right time to speak, and you will gain a reputation for good sense.”