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Law and Liberation: The Second Commandment

Since there is only one God and one territory, no one else can claim jurisdiction apart from Him. For that reason, the LORD God, in the first commandment, places a general ban on all the false gods born in the vain imagination of fallen man. In the second commandment, a specific ban is placed on the actual manufacture of idols for worship and service. By implication, this also prohibits setting forth for worship and service the gods of ideology, philosphy, and false theology born in the minds of men who have not begun with God in their thinking but with themselves and their situations. Idolatry is evident when man suppresses the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18) and follows the dictates of his own word as opposed to the word of God.