The Corinthians were as much exposed to temptation on this subject as the Israelites had been, and were quite as liable to fall into idolatrous practices.  The Israelites did not consider themselves as idolaters when they made the golden calf.  They did not believe that the Second Commandment forbade the worship of the true God by images, and it was Jehovah whom they designed to worship.  The feast was proclaimed as a feast to Jehovah (Exodus 32.6).  They made the same excuse for the use of images as the Romanists do now, and the same, in effect, as that which the Corinthians made for their compliance with heathen usages.  The latter did not consider the participation of the feasts in the idol’s temple as an act of idolatry.  As the Israelites perished for their sin, their excuse notwithstanding, so those who are, in fact, idolaters, whether they so regard themselves or not, must expect a like fate.  It is not enough to make a thing right that we think it to be so.  Things do not change their nature according to our thoughts about them.  Murder is murder, though man, in his self-conceit and pride, may call it justifiable homicide. – Charles Hodge (1797-1878), from his commentary on 1 Corinthians 10.7 (1857)


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