by Wayne Blank
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were heathen, you were led astray to dumb idols, however you may have been moved." (1 Corinthians 12:1-2 RSV) (see Images and Idols)
"What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons." (1 Corinthians 10:19-21 RSV)
Heathenism In Israel
"And the king commanded Hilkiah, the high priest, and the priests of the second order [see Levites], and the keepers of the threshold, to bring out of the Temple of The Lord [see Temples] all the vessels made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron [see The Kidron Valley], and carried their ashes to Bethel. And he deposed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah [see Kings of Israel and Judah] had ordained to burn incense in the high places at the cities of Judah and round about Jerusalem; those also who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, and the moon, and the constellations, and all the host of the heavens. And he brought out the Asherah from the house of The Lord, outside Jerusalem, to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and beat it to dust and cast the dust of it upon the graves of the common people. And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of The Lord, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah." (2 Kings 23:4-7 RSV)
What Did Jesus Christ Say About Heathens?
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. " (Matthew 6:31-33 RSV)
Fact Finder: Did Aaron allow the Israelites to indulge in heathen revelry with a calf idol while Moses was up on Mount Sinai to receive The Ten Commandments from God? (see Rock Of Ages)