Daniel 2:31-33

 "Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.  This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay."

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Idol: "A material form representing an idea. It is not idolatry to make idols, and worship with them, if the heart understands their significance..." Metaphysical Bible Dictionary
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Meta~Musing: Idols with Clay Feet 
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One day recently, as I walked past the television, I saw a throng of young people screaming in adoration over what appeared to be a little boy singing what sounded like a common pop song. I listened more closely... nope...nothing outstanding about the "star" or the song. I wondered how long the crowds would cheer, and where it would leave the "idol" when they stopped.
It seems these days, on a daily basis, "idols" in all arenas; sports, religion, politics, and the entertainment industry come crashing from their pedestals to the shock and dismay of those who worship them.
What is it that makes an ordinary person an "idol," and what happens when that "idol" is exposed as an ordinary person; an "idol with clay feet?" Want to know more? Read on.
 While we may not see golden calves in the town square, I can assure you there is no lack of idolatry in our world today.

By definition, an "idol" is: 1. A material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed. 2. A mere image or semblance of something, visible but without any real substance. 3. Any person or thing regarded with blind admiration; a false conception or notion. Idolatry is the worship (worth-ship) of idols, or giving worth to something beyond its actual content.

An "idol with clay feet" is an idol with a flaw. In the Bible story today's Scripture comes from, Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzer the clay feet of the idol made it vulnerable, and that it prophesized the breaking apart of his empire. Metaphysically, the feet represent understanding...that which we "stand on," and that which "stands under" us. No matter what the feet are attached to, unless the entire being has integrity, it is a false idol.

 When we give false worth to something or someone, projecting OUR desired likeness on to it, we create a false idol. When we create a false self-image of ourself from a desire to be admired or "worth-shipped," we make a false idol of ourselves...our ego...and should anyone admire or "worth-ship" us based on that image, they are practicing idolatry.

In any event, the idol will without a doubt topple, as well as the false images or powers it claimed.
The interesting paradox is, that we are amazing, incredible Children of God. We have unlimited gifts to share, love to bring, and blessings to bestow. We are beautiful. We are beloved. AND...we are in a transformative process called "Life on Earth in a Body." Spiritual beings...yet having a human experience. In our learning experiences we will make mistakes, we will disappoint ourselves and others, we will fall... and we will pick ourselves up and dust ourselves and start over again. 
Relax. It's all right. When Peter called Jesus "Good Teacher," Jesus said, "Why do you call me good? There is only one good and that is God."
We will live, and learn, and forgive and be forgiven, until that wonderful day when we have fulfilled the latent potential of the Truth of our Being. And when we do, there will be no need for idols, for we will all know we are One; One with God, One with each other.
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