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'''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 [[Christian]]s accepted [[martyrdom]] rather than comply with orders to commit idolatry.
Muslims [[Muslim]]s consider statues of religious figures to be a form of idolatry, and do not refer to themselves as Muhammadans for the same reason, as they feel that this term implies that they worship Muhammad.<ref>Schimmel, Annemarie. ''Islam: An Introduction''. State University of New York Press, 1992.</ref>
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]].
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