Elephant-Headed Hindu Idol Crashes on Crowd of Indian Worshipers

Ganesh-compressedHYDERABAD, India — A giant statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, which has an elephant head and four arms, recently came crashing down on a crowd of worshipers in India.

A video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube, showing a large group of people gathering to see the idol, who begin screaming moments later at the statue begins to tilt and then fall into the crowd. One man, identified as T. Veerabhadra Rao of Yerrabalem Village, was crushed to death and three others were injured.

According to the publication The Hindu, the idol had become entangled in electrical wires, and when some sought to untangled it, the statue fell upon the people. Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom and success, had been brought to Hyderabad for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebration which ends in the image being dunked in water.

“On the final day of the celebrations, the idol of lord Ganesha is taken on the streets. People exhibit their enthusiasm and joy in the form of dancing and singing on the streets along with the idol,” explains AstroYogi.com. “The idol is finally immersed in the river or sea. The day witnesses a large number of devotees expressing their happiness and offering their prayers.”

Most Hindus worship Ganesh, which is one of the main deities of the Eastern religion.

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  • Dave_L

    Israel made a golden calf and gave it credit for all that God had done for them. Evolution and Science do the same today, giving nature credit for producing itself. Many Christians have constructed an idol in the doctrine of “Free Will”, giving themselves credit for their salvation rather than to God. They think God made salvation available, but it was their “choice” that actually saved them. So Idol worship is alive and well like never before in all spheres of life today.

    • @Dave_L- I think you have a gross misunderstanding of Free Will and it’s link with idolatry. That’s just making interpretations by jumping to conclusions. That’s the basis for many extra-Biblical teachings today.This is a problem which has plagued Christianity for centuries- the relationship between free will, salvation, antinomianism, etc. Personally, I believe both the corruption of the Catholic Church and the solution to try and reform it (the Protestant Reformation) have both really damaged Christianity. Both groups have been terrible failures. From my observation, I see a bunch of narcissistic sociopaths (the very traits of Satan) who claim to be Christians and hide behind “Calvinist doctrines” (unconditional election, unconditional eternal security) to justify their behavior- and thereby cloud the message behind the Gospel- which is metanoia. The same people have no problem in pointing fingers at others (just like Satan the Accuser does), but they refuse to acknowledge or deal with their own sin (just like Satan). If you confront them, they accuse you of being judgmental- which they themselves are guilty of. They use circular reasoning (like sociopaths do) to justify their behavior and their “Bible doctrines”, and hence you can never reason with them. Such “Christians” claim to have been unconditionally predestined by God, that they don’t have to obey God’s commands anymore, nor does it matter if they persist in sin (fornicate, commit adultery, go to strip clubs, being greedy, being abusive, being bullies, etc.- and claim that none of that matters as God has forgiven all of their sins- so they basically have a license to sin freely without worrying about the status of their salvation). Sounds like what sociopaths would do- people with dead consciences who try to justify their evil behavior by any means. I remember reading an article by a person online who labeled Calvinism as a sociopathic ideology. Very hard to disagree with that. Anyway, I just wanted to share couple of articles (links) with you regarding “free will” and salvation. Since links to external sites are not allowed on this site, I can only give you the title of the article and the author. You (and anyone else interested) can then google it.

      (1) A Question for My Beloved Calvinists” by David Servant (Shepherd Serve/heavensfamily)

      (2) Calvinism’s Total Depravity and Irresistible Grace by David Servant (Shepherd Serve/heavensfamily)

      (3) God’s Regrets by David Servant (Shepherd Serve/heavensfamily)

      David Servant (in the second article above) makes an excellent statement regarding free will and how Calvinism adds to and contradicts the Bible regarding this. I’m quoting him here: “In conclusion, under the scrutiny of Scripture, the Calvinistic ideas of total depravity and irresistible grace are found to add to and contradict the revelation found in the Bible. These particular Calvinistic doctrines nullify Scripture’s clear teaching regarding man’s free will and his responsibility to respond to the gospel and cooperate with God. They make human beings into robots who are incapable of making moral choices and who have no capacity to love. They make Christians to be people whom God forced against their wills to become His children. They make the preaching of the gospel senseless, and make liars out of all gospel preachers who lead people to believe that they have a choice to make. They make meaningless Christ’s and His apostles’ appeals to repent and the hundreds of scriptures that state that people have the ability to do so. They make God an unjust judge who condemns people for doing what they are incapable of not doing. They also make Him into a confused mad man who works against Himself yet cooperates with Satan, and a hate-filled hypocrite who condemns others for what He is guilty of Himself. Moreover, they make Him responsible for the damnation of billions and ultimately responsible for all the suffering in the world, since only He can stop sin but He chooses not to regenerate billions of sinners.”

      • Dave_L

        Do you have any New Testament Scripture to directly support free will? I see many to directly refute it but nothing to directly support it.

        • Please read the articles carefully which I gave you and you should get your answer. It baffles me that anyone would actually think that the Bible would refute free will.

          • Dave_L

            We need direct reference from Scripture whenever we make a claim. It is easy to infer and give opinions but they can never carry the weight of Scripture.

          • I can easily say the same for you 🙂 Calvinistic interpretations of Scripture doesn’t mean that- that is the Truth. Referring to Scriptures is one thing, however, you need to be able correctly interpret it. Many are experts at twisting and distorting Bible verses and thereby pervert it’s meaning.

            Please refer to this statement:”
            Like Paul, John the Baptist, Jesus, and all the other apostles preached the gospel, calling on all people to repent (see Matt.3:2; 4:17; 11:20; Mark 6:12; Luke 5:32; 13:3, 5; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31; 11:18; 20:21; 26:20; Rom. 2:4: 2 Pet. 3:9). Several times in the book of Revelation, John is amazed that unregenerate people don’t repent while suffering God’s judgments (see Rev. 9:20-21; 16:9, 11). Jesus pronounced woe upon all the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida because they didn’t repent, obviously indicating He believed they had the capacity to repent (see Matt. 11:21). He also declared that the wicked people of Tyre and Sidon, who didn’t repent, would have repented if they had seen miracles like the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida had seen! In both cases, Jesus believed that those who didn’t repent had the capacity to repent and should have repented, in contrast to Calvinists, who believe unregenerate people have no capacity to repent outside of God changing their wills and forcing them to repent (which He only does for some). Thus, Calvinism portrays Jesus as a liar and a deceiver, because Jesus gave all indication that people could do what He knew full well they couldn’t do. This also makes God the Father a liar, as Jesus only spoke His words (see John 12:49).

            Jesus expected everyone of His generation to repent, because He stated that the men of Nineveh, who repented at Jonah’s preaching, would rightfully condemn His generation for not repenting. Again, if they had no capacity to repent, He would not have condemned them, as that would make God unrighteous. Moreover, what right would the repentant people of Nineveh have to condemn Jesus’ unrepentant generation? The people of Jesus’ generation could rightly say, “How can you, who by God’s sovereign decree could do nothing other than repent, condemn us, who by God’s sovereign decree could do nothing other than remain unrepentant?”

            Thus, the Calvinist, who believes God condemns people for not doing what they are incapable of doing, makes God grossly unjust. God is thus somewhat equivalent to the parent who spanks his baby for not walking, but He is a million times worse. Why? Because to the Calvinist, God tortures people eternally in hell for not doing what they were absolutely incapable of doing.” (David Servant- “Calvinism’s Total Depravity and Irresistible Grace).

            Like Pastor Robert Jeffress (FBC Dallas) also once said in one of his radio sermons- God isn’t a divine Rapist where He forces certain people to hell and the rest to Heaven.

          • Dave_L

            So if you cannot prove “free will” exists in the New Testament, are you calling God a rapist?

          • Lol, you’re losing this argument really badly now as evidenced by your reply. You’re now employing ego defense mechanisms in response to cognitive dissonance. That’s why now you’re trying to turn the tables on me. How am I calling God a rapist? The statements and articles I referred you to (which I have a good feeling you skimmed through and you quickly realized that it opposes your reasoning) all indicate how the Calvinist ideology paints God to be a divine rapist. Can you deny that logically? Like I said before, you can’t reason with someone who uses circular reasoning. Hence, I will leave you to the Holy Ghost. Only the Holy Ghost can teach you and enlighten you. Your heart is hard to accept the Truth, and I can’t do anything about that. I can try to reason with you, but you will only take this around in circles. Jesus addressed this in Matthew 7:6. So good day to you and may God bless you and help you come to the Truth.

          • Dave_L

            I don’t see how your opinion that I’m loosing amounts to anything. It is you who are wearing yourself out to prove your point when one, perhaps two direct references in Scripture would suffice.

          • Joshua 24:15 (NLT)
            But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

            Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NLT)-
            Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

            Psalm 119:30 (NLT)-
            I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.

            Psalm 119:173 (NLT)-
            Give me a helping hand, for I have chosen to follow your commandments.

            Job 34:4 (NLT)-
            So let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.

            Hebrews 11:25-26 (NLT)-
            He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.

            2 Cor. 9:7 (NLT)-
            You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

            The above passages are quite clear that free will is evident in mankind. It is God who has given us free will as we are made in His image. We’re not programmed robots. God doesn’t force anyone to choose Him. He doesn’t force anyone to choose life over death nor blessings over curses. He desires for us to choose eternal life and blessings over death and His curses, but He has given us the power to choose for ourselves which path to take.
            Even pertaining to giving and helping others, God doesn’t force anyone in regards to that. He desires a cheerful giver. God has given man free will to even decide regarding that.

            Can you honestly and logically deny man’s free will (his ability to chose) from these verses and everything else that I’ve shared with you? Can you deny that the Calvinist view paints God out to be a divine rapist who forces only some people to become saved but chooses not to regenerate everyone else and thereby send them to hell? Please answer that.

          • Names_Stan

            It’s cognitive dissonance to claim that either side of this historical argument doesn’t make God look bad.

            On the Arminian side, Dave is correct. People aren’t “saved by grace”…they are saved by saying they’ll take it.

            And as we see on social media and message boards daily, the Arminian worldview is hardly less proud than the Calvinist view. Many don’t even give lip service to being “undeserving” anymore.

            People who truly feel undeserving would never proudly tell their neighbor that they will watch him burn in hell, (and imply that they will quite enjoy it).

          • What you said didn’t make any sense to me. Regarding cognitive dissonance, the problem is with how you handle a conflicting view that contradicts your present view. Pertaining to Christian doctrines, dissonance is when you come to the realization/awareness that beliefs you currently believe to be Biblical- are in reality not Biblical. Once that dissonance/awareness comes, then one has to decide whether or not to obey and submit to God’s Word, or instead hold onto false teachings based on misinterpretations and distortion of God’s Word (Do you deny the truth to try and justify your own false beliefs?).
            I don’t think Dave is an Arminian. I haven’t come across unconditional election, irresistible grace, unconditional eternal security in Arminianism. That’s part of Calvinism. Dave seems to be a Calvinist.

            You said- “People aren’t “saved by grace”…They are saved by saying they’ll take it.”
            What does that mean?

            I believe people are saved by God’s grace, but not in the view that Calvinists hold regarding God’s irresistible grace and the absence of man’s free will in regards to salvation. In other words, I believe that God draws people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean He drags people against their will to accept His way of salvation. His love and grace draws us, but the choice is up to us whether or not to repent of our sins and put our faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

            You said “the Arminian worldview is hardly less proud than the Calvinist view”. I agree many of the points of Arminianism, but I don’t agree totally with their view regarding salvation. However, I have never come across any Arminian portraying themselves with spiritual pride. I’ve come across many Calvinists pointing fingers at non-Calvinists like Arminians (who believe that they have a role in their own salvation)- and saying that is an invitation to spiritual pride/boasting. They base such accusations on misinterpretation and distortion of Ephesians 2.

            Then you said- “People who truly feel undeserving would never proudly tell their neighbor that they will watch him burn in hell, (and imply that they will quite enjoy it).”
            I don’t know how many Calvinists would think that way of their unbelieving neighbors, however, they do paint God to be an unjust sociopath who forcefully saves some people by His irresistible grace and love, and then chooses not to forcefully save others (and instead forcefully throw them into the lake of fire).

          • Names_Stan

            I’m afraid I’m pressed for time, and will have to respond fully another time.

            For now:
            I wasn’t saying Dave’s views were Arminian. I meant that yours sounded that way. I would agree based on the same post you responded to, that Dave was espousing Calvinist views.

            And while I may not have stated it well, I wasn’t referring to Calvinists implying they deserve salvation by condemning others. I was resting that squarely on the side of Arminians. Obviously since Arminians “accepted Christ”, many internalize this work of theirs as what saved them, whether admitted or not.

            I’m saying that, while both views have obvious scriptural basis, both also have difficulty proving exclusive “rightness”. I’m also saying that both of them have serious philosophical problems when it comes to the nature of God.

            Even though Arminians say all of humanity has the free will to “accept the gift”, they still can’t overcome the fact that infinite torture for punishment of finite sins isn’t perfect justice. It’s the opposite in fact. Calvinists’ views do make God out to be worse, by believing He created most humans for the very purpose of torturing them eternally. But they even it out by saying their salvation isn’t guaranteed. Arminians, on the other hand, are all about certainty. Certainty on who is getting in, and certainty on who is left out.

            Thanks for your response!

          • I’d like to know what the serious philosophical problems that non-Calvinists (including Arminians) have when it comes to the nature of God.

            You said regarding Arminians, “they still can’t overcome the fact that infinite torture for punishment of finite sins isn’t perfect justice.”
            The Bible reveals to us what God’s idea of justice is. Whether we agree or disagree with that doesn’t really matter, as we can’t challenge God and change that. Sin’s price is both physical and spiritual death. However, God has provided a way of salvation through Jesus Christ, to overcome both types of death. Whose fault is it if they reject that salvation and they invite their own destruction? People can only blame themselves and not God for His justice.

            Then you said regarding Calvinists, “But they even it out by saying their salvation isn’t guaranteed.”
            Actually, Calvinists believe in OSAS (once saved always saved). However, they have divisions among themselves regarding that- some hold to unconditional eternal security (free grace theology) and some hold to conditional eternal security (Lordship salvation). When you analyze both views though, they tend to mix together in the process and it becomes very confusing what their view is of eternal security. Dan Corner (evangelicaloutreach) does a good job explaining this in his article online “Unmasking John MacArthur’s Calvinistic Version of Saving Faith”. Just google it as I’m not allowed to post external links.

            God bless.

          • Names_Stan

            The Bible reveals to us what God’s idea of justice is. Whether we agree or disagree with that doesn’t really matter, as we can’t challenge God and change that. Sin’s price is both physical and spiritual death.

            A) How is this response different than the one you won’t accept from Dave?

            B) I agree there is only one response for this. The “sovereignty” argument. (By the way, this is the exact same argument the John MacArthur’s make.)

            The problem arises philosophically because we call a thing by a name that is the opposite of the universally accepted definition of it.

            Because regardless of the fact that it’s the creator’s right to do anything or nothing at all, if the orthodox interpretation of eternal torture is true…

            that’s not Justice.

            C) In the category of God being, in my faith, far more complex than the “literalists” reduce Him to:

            I read here all the time this prophecy of “calling evil good and good evil”. Folks here use it as an anti-gay rallying cry.

            They can’t even allow their minds to consider that this may well describe them.
            Their construction of God is as the keeper of an upper-class gated community, combined with torturing 50-99% (depending on denominational pride) of all humankind for zillions of years.

            And they call that Good.

            So to repeat my point….go careful on the cognitive bias finger-pointing.

          • Dave_L

            Remember, I asked for direct references from Scripture. Not interpretations. If the New Testament clearly refutes Free Will, there can be no contradictions to this anywhere in the Bible.

          • Lol, can you read? Moreover, can you comprehend what you read? I gave you verses which clearly indicate free will. Like I said before, all you are doing is using circular reasoning and defense mechanisms to try and resolve the anxiety produced by the dissonance caused by how I challenged your claim regarding free will. That’s why there’s no point of trying to argue with you. You can’t be reasoned with. You still didn’t even answer the question I asked you regarding whether or not if you deny that Calvinists paint God out to be a sociopath/divine rapist. You keep sidestepping that. So good day and God bless. However, my humble request to you is- don’t mislead other Christians and non-Christians with false teachings. When you post something regarding salvation that is problematic like this, you mislead others with a deceptive Gospel and distorted view of salvation. Even Paul said- cursed is the person who does that (Galatians 1:9). Don’t bring God’s curse on yourself. Salvation is not a joke. It’s an eternal life and death matter. When taught in the wrong way, it can lead others into their destruction (keep people enslaved in sin) instead of setting them free.

          • Dave_L

            You have not provided anything other than opinion and interpretations. Please provide Scripture that teaches “free will”. Your abuse of Scripture only contradicts those verses that specifically state there is no such thing.

          • Dave_L

            Do you realize that you are calling yourself “Satan’s substitute” in calling yourself “antiSatan”? Anti in Greek means “in place of” or a “substitute”. The BAGD Lexicon says; Anti means; to indicate that one person or thing is, or is to be, replaced by another. Instead of, in place of.

            So while you’re at it, you might want to rethink your posting name as well.

      • Josey

        good post! I have even heard some reject the book of James because he taught faith and works go together and you are right they do this to justify continuing in their sin. Either you accept all of God’s word as the inspired word of God given by the Holy Spirit through men or what is the point?

        • Exactly! That’s why you’ll often hear people demanding verses to refute their views from the New Testament only. From my experience in dealing with free grace theology followers (a type of Calvinism), the funny thing is, even when you challenge their views regarding unconditional eternal security by using New Testament verses, they will plain ignore you and keep throwing the verses that they think support their flawed views. For ex. regarding sola fide (faith alone), they will ignore every passage you show them which confirms that faith, repentance and obedience/good works have to go hand in hand in order to be a saving faith. Otherwise, it’s a dead faith which can’t save anyone (as James points out). Again, they respond to cognitive dissonance by ignoring whatever you say- which is what I’ve been dealing with in this comment thread also with Dave 🙂

          Ephesians 2:8-9 is not the full Gospel as Calvinists treat it to be.

          Like you said, you have to look at the whole Bible (what Paul himself says in addition to what he wrote in Ephesians along with the what other writers wrote in the rest of the Bible.

          Here is the real Gospel which the Bible teaches:

          (1) Put your faith in Jesus Christ.

          (2) Repent of your sins and turn away from them (stop sinning). Turn to God instead and start obeying Him.

          (3). Become baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

          (4). Do good things/deeds to prove that you’ve truly repented (metanoia).

          The following Bible references can be used to see the above points:

          (1). Acts 2:37-38 (NLT)
          Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
          38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

          (2). Acts 20:21 (NLT):
          I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.

          (3). Acts 26:20 (NLT):
          I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.

          (4). Titus 2:14 (NLT):
          He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

          (5) Matthew 4:17 (NLT):
          From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

          (6). Luke 13:1-5 (NLT):
          About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. 2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.

          (7). Luke 24:45-47 (NLT):
          Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

          (8). Matthew 28:18-20 (American KJV):
          And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

          (9). James 2:14-26 (NLT):
          What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

          17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

          18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

          19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

          21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

          25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

          (10). Matthew 3:1-3,7-12 (NLT):
          In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, 2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” 3 The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,

          “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,

          ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!

          Clear the road for him!’”

          7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath? 8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. 9 Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. 10 Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

          11 “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.

          (11). Luke 13:1-5,22-30 (NLT):
          About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. 2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”

          22 Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?”

          He replied, 24 “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. 25 When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26 Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.’

  • Josey

    This is the one of the ugliest man made idols I’ve ever seen! None of them are good and all are abominations to Almighty God but how ridiculous this is, half man, elephant trunk and ears, fat and gluttonous. And I know that isn’t the point but geez…who thought this up?

    Deuteronomy 27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

    Isaiah 44:9-20 9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed. 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.
    12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasted roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

    This passage shows the stupidity of those who make idols. Catholics that worship images or bow before them are no different either.

    • Cosmic Mastermind

      Graven images (it’s not idols, it’s images) does not make any distinction between statues of gods and drawing maps or pictures of bunny rabbits. NONE. Something to consider.

      • Josey

        The distinction I have made is they worship this man made “image”. No different than worshiping anything man made whether it be worshiping an image or a person or the sun, moon, the earth or whatever.

        • Cosmic Mastermind

          You mean you’re going to stop drawing pictures of bunny rabbits and using satnav?

          • Josey

            don’t draw bunnies and satnav??? Gps??? What does satnav have to do with this? think you’ve lost your mind man, if I could draw I would draw, that isn’t worshipping an image to draw pictures, it is art, get a grip.

          • Cosmic Mastermind

            Maps are graven images, so are pictures of bunny rabbits.

        • warriorbride

          Idol IS the same as a STATUE ok

          Exodus 20:3-4- Have no other God , which is idolatry, do not pray to a statue with ears that can’t hear and eyes that cannot see.

          Jeremiah 10:14:
          “Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them.”

          Habakkuk 2:19: “Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.”

      • warriorbride

        God says to NOT have any GRAVEN IMAGES in the bible in the 10 commandments in Exodus too, which is different than a idol that is what you make up in your MIND of WHO you SEE JESUS CHRIST as NOT what the bible says, so you don’t even KNOW what that word means I would suggest you read a dictionary

        • Cosmic Mastermind

          shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
          that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in
          the water under the earth: (Exodus 20:4)

          ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of
          any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast
          that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the
          air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the
          likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
          (Deuteronomy 4:16-18)

    • Dave_L

      >”[geez]…who thought this up?”?

      • Josey

        just a sarcastic remark, I know where the idea originated from.

    • afchief

      I have to agree with you. That is one UGLY idol. Hinduism is another religion straight from the pits of hell.

      Acts 4:12 (NASB) And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

  • Cosmic Mastermind

    India.. It’s always the same, they always put safety last and cram in as many people as possible into the smallest space possible.

  • xinthose

    Thank you God for your judgement.

  • Jeffery Kinkead

    Unless you repent you shall likewise perish…

  • amrik

    Funny at all the ignorant christians coming on here, your religion was given birth to in the Kali Yuga, you were born in ignorance and don’t even know when Christ was actually born. I feel sorry for you, you will repent in another life.

  • frankiedanx

    what about those that have faith in nothing becoming something from a big explosion of nothing into something, what a whopper. the bigger the whopper the more that seem to swallow it. Anything but the true God. Yhwh.

  • warriorbride

    Jesus Christ works in MYSTERIOUS WAYS !! God says to HAVE NO OTHER IDOLS in the bibles 10 COMMANDMENTS and I am SURE that there were many CHRISTIANS there PRAYING for that IDOL to FALL and it DID !!!! Its NOT enough that Jesus has sent them WARNINGS AND MORE WARNINGS in India with FLOODS and other weather conditions they just CONTINUE to worship their IDOLS and DON’T GET IT ! “IDOLATERS will NOT enter heaven” HEBREWS ‘Its ONCE to DIE and then the JUDGEMENT” there is NO REINCARNATION or you don’t go and turn into a bug or whatever you want to become ok that is FOOLISHNESS ! A fool in his heart says that there is NO GOD”

    • warriorbride

      Exodus 20:3-4- Have no other God , which is idolatry, do not pray to a statue with ears that can’t hear and eyes that cannot see.

      Jeremiah 10:14:
      “Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them.”

      Habakkuk 2:19: “Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.”

  • FoJC_Forever

    Hindus do not have the Spirit of God, contrary to what some who claim to teach the Truth have suggested. Jesus (the) Christ is Truth. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit, and will not baptize those who follow false gods or make themselves the ‘god’ of their own life.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • Joseph Essien-Obot

    Reading through the comments it is unfortunate that Christians hold people’s circumstances against them. People are born into all sorts of religions in the world and understand the world from that perspective. What God desires of mankind is that he loves his neighbour by loving God and loves God by loving neighbour. God judges the heart. Religion in its physical and conceptual terms are geared towards the reformation of our very beings. Faiths achieve this to a greater or lesser extent. I, as a Christian, consider Christianity the ultimate concept of personal reformation, so do members of other faiths by no fault of theirs. And how does mankind learn of the Truth? By authentic witness. For Christians this is the witness of true and uncompromising love of one another. There are Hindus that bear this witness more than so many Christians. Not just Hindus but people of various faiths, I dare say, even among our very difficult Muslim neighbours by God’s very own grace, held prisoner by nothing. Christians have the gift of this explicit call to love and so can grow communally in this direction. This does not stop individuals in other faiths from catching the bug, so to say, and struggling in their limited understanding from moving toward the image and likeness of God in love. God sees this, God judges this, God sees his Son, Jesus Christ, where man puts the good of his neighbour first.

    What am I saying with this? People are not automatically condemned because the belong to another religion. It is true that being part of an imperfect faith puts ones soul in danger and it is also true that a poor understanding of the perfect faith also puts ones soul in danger. Why do I use the word, “danger”? Because it is God who is Judge, not us! So, what is the call of love, the Christian call? Pray for non-Christians, love them unconditionally as Christ loved us that he died for us even when we were still sinners. The Christian call is not to gloat at their demise, or the demise of Muslims as happened in Mecca recently. Catastrophe is not unknown to Christians either and that doesn’t make the faith any less true.

    Be Christian, be Christ-like!