Counterfeit Gods Video and Quotes

All quotes are from the book “Counterfeit Gods” The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters by Timothy Keller.

1. Our contemporary society is not fundamentally different from these ancient ones (idols). – Introduction

2. A counterfeit god is anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living. – Introduction

3. The biblical concept of idolatry is an extremely sophisticated idea, integrating intellectual, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual categories. – Introduction

4. We never imagine that getting our heart’s deepest desires might be the worst thing that can ever happen to us. – Ch. 1

5. Every counterfeit god a heart can choose – whether love, money, success, or power – has a powerful biblical narrative that explains how that particular kind of idolatry works itself out in our lives. – Ch. 1

6. We have to know, to be assured, that God so loves, cherishes, and delights in us that we can rest our hearts in him for our significance and security and handle anything that happens in life. – Ch. 1

7. To practice idolatry is to be a slave. – Ch. 2

8. If you are too afraid of love or too enamored by it, it has assumed godlike power, distorting your perceptions and your life. – Ch. 2

9. In short, Nietzsche foretold that money in Western culture would become perhaps its main counterfeit god. – Ch. 3

10. According to the Bible, idolaters do three things with their idols. They love them, trust them, and obey them. – Ch. 3

11. The false sense of security comes from deifying our achievement and expecting it to keep us safe from the troubles of life in a way that only God can. – Ch. 4

12. In any culture in which God is largely absent, sex, money, and politics will fill the vacuum for different people. – Ch. 5

13. An idol is something that we look to for things that only God can give. Idolatry functions widely inside religious communities when doctrinal truth is elevated to the position of a false god. Ch. 6

14. The human heart is indeed a factory that mass-produces idols. – Ch. 7

15. Your religion is what you do with your solitude. In other words, the true god of your heart is what your thoughts effortlessly go to when there is nothing else demanding your attention. – Epilogue

16. Your money flows most effortlessly toward your heart’s greatest love. – Epilogue

17. Idolatry is not just a failure to obey God, it is a setting of the whole heart on something besides God. – Epilogue

18. To rejoice is to treasure a thing, to assess its value to you, to reflect on its beauty and importance until your heart rests in it and tastes the sweetness of it. “Rejoicing” is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, and until it relaxes its grip on anything else it things that it needs. – Epilogue

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