August 3th 2022
I know in my heart the persuasive talk of the evil inclination - which leads a person to transgression - to the wicked person; He claims that there is no need to place the fear of G-d before his eyes, because God doesn't concern Himself with the happenings of the world.
The thought that G-d doesn't concern Himself with the happenings of the world is the beginning of every form of idolatry.
The error of Enosh in his day was the thought that creation was an existence separate from G-d. G-d was too great and exalted to directly concern Himself with the world. G-d created stars, planets, angels, etc. to study the world.
Although the generation of Enosh still had faith in G-d, in the fourth generation people had forgotten G-d's glorious and awesome Name and idolatry had become exclusive. In addition to worshipping the stars, their stupidity included worshipping homemade wooden idols.
Idolatry is the opposite of the full recognition and acknowledgement that there is One Creator who sees all and hears all. When there is no more fear of G-d, and when the world descends to the point where it has become atheistic and people no longer fear that their behavior has consequences egoism increases and with it evil behavior. But more than that, when you no longer believe in consequences of your behavior, you also no longer see that G-d gives good and evil (as a warning) and returning to G-d has become incredibly difficult, if not almost impossible.
Brought By Angelique Sijbolts
Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners en intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.
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