Commentary By: Albert Mascheroni
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God” – Exodus 20:4-5
To “revere” gold covered dead carcass of another human being is plain & simple idolatry with a play on words.
1. love unquestioningly & uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol
2. regard w/feelings of respect & reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
No man w/any moral fiber wants to share his wife w/another man & neither does God. He expects exclusive devotion from her. When she goes after other lovers, that is, when she worships other gods & thus commits spiritual adultery, He is said to be jealous. When the term jealousy is applied to God in Scripture it is usually bc His people are worshiping idols. In the 2nd of His 10 commandments, He warned them not to do that, but they failed to listen to Him.
For they provoked Him with their high places, And aroused His jealousy with their graven images – Psalm 78:58
“Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?” – 1 Corinthians 10:22
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Commentary In Response to Article By: Didi Tang
BEIJING — A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified & covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas w/strong Buddhist traditions.
The monk, Fu Hou, who died in 2012 at age 94 after spending most of his life at the Chongfu Temple on a hill in the city of Quanzhou, in southeastern China, according to the temple’s abbot, Li Ren. The temple decided to mummify Fu Hou to commemorate his devotion to Buddhism — he started practicing at age 17 — & to serve as an inspiration for followers of the religion that was brought from the Indian subcontinent roughly 2,000 years ago.
Immediately following his death, the monk’s body was washed, treated by 2 mummification experts & sealed inside a large pottery jar in a sitting position, the abbot said. When the jar was opened 3 years later, the monk’s body was found intact & sitting upright w/little sign of deterioration apart from the skin having dried out, Li Ren said.
The body was then washed w/alcohol & covered in layers of gauze, lacquer & finally gold leaf. It was also robed & a local media report said a glass case had been ordered for the statue, which will be protected w/an anti-theft device. The local Buddhist belief is that only a truly virtuous monk’s body would remain intact after being mummified, local media reports said.
“Monk Fu Hou is now being placed on the mountain for people to worship,” Li Ren said.