The Fullness of Time Hypothesis suggests that God changed the world after the destruction of Jerusalem and subsequent diaspora of the Jews in order to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. A study of world history demonstrates how people are different today as compared to ancient times. We have a strong sense of our interior life and an independent will that understands belief systems and is capable of changing. This interior life is one where the kingdom of god resides and how we come to believe in Jesus Christ. We only know Jesus Christ through this interior life.
Luke 17:20-21 King James Version (KJV)
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
My recent emphasis on modern types of idolatry was only meant to demonstrate how idolatry changed from that of worshiping graven images to a more interior and hidden form. No one today would take offense if I rephrase the second (of the Ten) commandment. Thou shalt not commit idolatry.
A study of the following articles provides a foundation to identify idolatry in the modern world. Their common element is the form of idolatry is part of the interior life and no longer about graven images.
- Fate and chance in a godless universe
- FTH and godless religions
- Saying yes to Jesus
- Idolatry of the written Word
Since modern idolatry became part of the interior life, it also stands that true worship is also part of the interior life. Listen to what Jesus told the woman at the well. This is the secret of the fullness of time.
John 4:23-24 New International Version (NIV)
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Not an Idolater
Today no one can declare another an idolater. I cannot even call myself an idolater, if I repent and am forgiven as soon as I recognize it. The interior life of a believer is so secret that even apparent idolatry is covered by grace.
John 10:24-28 King James Version (KJV)
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
When I try to say someone is an idolater, I am violating the command of Jesus.
Matthew 7:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
My interior life is a work in process. I know I belong to Jesus Christ. I also know I have a long way to go to become perfect. All I can do is continue on the path.