7 thoughts on “Our Mental Idols Lead to Delusion to Sin & Apostasy From the TRUTH

  1. Yes, God instructed Adam about eating and not eating in the garden. But, according to Paul their choices were not imputed to them because there was no Mosaic law. Because only under the Mosaic law were sins imputed. And even though death reigned from Adam to Moses it was not because of imputed sin. Rom.5:12-14.

    Adam and Eve had no reason not to believe the serpent when he told them about eating the fruit. They had no knowledge of good or evil with which to discern between them. This is why they took the information they were given without reservations and made their choices accordingly. Hence the reason she said the fruit was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and good to make one wise.

    Where do you think she got the idea that it was good to make one wise? From the serpent who told her when she ate It she would become as Gods. The very thing God said did happen in Gen.3:22.

    So the only lie the serpent told Eve was that she would not die. By this the serpent made the same claim that the churches make about Adam. The serpent lied to her saying she was immortal. When God said they were not when He told them if they ate from the fruit they would die. He was telling them they were mortal. And that they would realize their mortality if they ate from the fruit.

    Not because they would be punished by death. God said they died because He sent them from the garden so they could no longer eat from the tree of life to continue living forever. Why? Because “the man has become as one of us to know good and evil”.

    That man became as God knowing good and evil from eating the fruit means Adam became more like God, not less, when he ate the fruit.

    • If you can receive it or are a serious truth-seeker, I would like to correct some misconceptions here that the mainstream church does not teach regarding the so-called law of Moses or, more correctly, YHVH Elohim’s Torah-law, which are his standards of righteousness for all people for all time and are spiritual and are a reflection of his character and nature (I could give a plethora of Scriptures to prove these points. If interested, simply type in Law of Moses, or Torah on this blog’s search engine on the home page and dozens of my articles on these subjects will pop up.)

      Misconception number one: YHVH’s Torah started with the law of Moses. False. The law of Moses was simply the codified form of a YHVH’s Torah-law or standard of righteousness or right living that long pre-existed Moses. For example, all the ten commandments plus the dietary laws, and the biblical feasts were mentioned in the Bible before Mt. Sinai. See

    • https://www.hoshanarabbah.org/pdfs/torah_b4_moshe.pdf
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      Misconception number two: YHVH’s Torah law is a Mosaic innovation and started with him. Actually, Torah is a reflection of YHVH’s very character and nature including his love, his holiness, righteousness and justice and is thus these are principles that even pre-existed man. Again, they are spiritual and tell us how to love Elohim and each other. This didn’t start with Moses.

      Misconception number three: Adam and Eve didn’t have YHVH’s Torah. Incorrect. They had as much Torah as they needed at that time. You see, the Bible shows that YHVH little-by-little, progressively revealed his Torah on an as-need basis to his people down through Moses and up to Yeshua. For example, Adam and Eve didn’t need the command to not commit adultery since they were the only people on earth, or not to steal since they owned nothing. Get the point? However, YHVH revealed explicitly and implicitly to them the amount Torah they needed at that time in the first three chapters of Genesis. These include: Get married and be fruitful and start a family and multiply the human race, take care of the animals and the garden, name the animals, do not eat of the tree of knowledge, and observe the seventh day Sabbath as a day of rest. These laws have never changed from then until now. YHVH has revealed many more to humans as needed down through the ages as revealed in Scripture.

      For more info on the expansive and far reaching implication of YHVH’s Torah from Genesis to Revelation, I invite you to read

    • https://www.hoshanarabbah.org/pdfs/torahprimer.pdf
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      You can also do a search on this blog’s search engine on the front page using the key search words “law of Moses” and “Torah” for dozens of my articles explain all of this.

    • https://hoshanarabbah.org/blog/?s=law+of+moses&submit=Search
    • https://hoshanarabbah.org/blog/?s=Torah&submit=Search
    • Again, I pray that you can receive this new information. Blessings!

  2. Amen. I learned about the idols in one’s heart some time ago from another minister. I have not heard others mention that verse. TY for sharing it.
    BTW…I like the ditty about having the most Xmas lights in the neighborhood

  3. This was a great teaching. Thank you. I haven’t heard the idea about the difference between demons and evil spirits before. I would be interested to know more about that.

    • As I best understand it and as I read the Bible, evil spirits are part of Satan’s fallen angel army that he uses to accomplish his purposes on earth. The Bible reveals that YHVH also uses evil spirits for his purposes as well as I discuss in this video. Demons, on the other hand, are disembodied evil spirits that are seeking to inhabit a human entity, or, if that is not available, an animal or object. They want to possess and live inside of something. Why is that? This is because they are the spirit side of the nephilim of Gen 6:2–4 that were the offspring of the sexual relations between angels (the sons of Elohim) and the daughters of men. When the human part died, the evil spirit lived on and sought another body to possess. Often demons stay in families and are passed on down generationally and become, what the Bible calls, familiar spirits. This is the nutshell version of this issue.

  4. In this video “Our Mental Idols” (6/3/23) you quoted Ezekiel 14:2:

    “…and the word of the Lord came to me…”

    How can you tell in the OT when a verse using “the word” is referring to the divine expression of Elohim (as the messiah) or is just referring to words/advice in a general sense?

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