'''Idolatry''' is the worship of something as a substitute for [[God]]. It is prohibited in the first commandment of the [[Ten Commandments]]. Modern [[secularism]] is considered to be a form of idolatry. Devotion to the [[NFL]] is a form of idolatry, as is obsessive watching of [[television]].
Idolatry is considered by the Jewish and Christian [[faith|faiths]] to be gravely sinful. Early Jews and
Christians accepted [[martyrdom]] rather than comply with orders to commit idolatry.
Most religions that make use of idols do not actually worship the image itself. Far more often they are regarded as focus points for worship or as a likeness of the god. Only rarely is the image itself considered to be the god. They can also be used to convey or focus on a particular aspect of a many-faceted deity, and this usage is common in Hinduism.