2022/05/30『Objects of Worship 崇拜的對象』

2022/05/30『Objects of Worship 崇拜的對象』






One of the assignments in my Philosophy of Religion class is called a “Spiritual Life Map”. Students are to map out the events and experiences that have shaped their spiritual lives thus far.

I’m always a little surprised by how many include the moment they became a “fan”. Fans of movies stars, singers, musicians, actors, or Korean idols. To them, the moment is significant.

I was laughing to myself about this until I realized I am just as susceptible to that impulse.

If you’ve ever heard me talk about J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, or Iain M. Banks, my tone and manner convey something beyond mere fondness.

We have in us a tendency, a compulsion, a need to worship — for that is what this is. We find the praiseworthy, whatever it might be, however reasonable or irrational, and we praise it. And we find such praise very hard to let go of.


That is not by accident; that is by design. The Bible teaches that we were made to praise, and we were given all the abilities with which to do so. But there is a dark side to worship wrongly directed. My earlier laughter was not at the fact of such praise, but of thinking BTS is a deserving recipient. Jeremiah 2:13 reads:

“My people have committed two sins:

They have forsaken me,

the spring of living water,

and have dug their own cisterns,

broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

You will worship, it is inevitable. Better to worship someone who is not only worthy, but will love you back tenfold.




如果你聽過我談論 J.R.R. 托爾金、C.S. 路易斯 或 伊恩・班克斯,我的語氣和舉止傳達的不僅僅是喜愛。


這並不是偶然,而是設計使然。 聖經教導說,我們是被造來敬拜的,我們被賦予了這樣做的所有能力。 但是,錯誤的崇拜也有黑暗的一面。 我之前覺得好笑,不是因為個人崇拜的行為,而是因為韓國偶像團體竟然配得成為被崇拜的對象。耶利米書 2:13 寫道:







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