What does the Bible say about ancestors

What does the Bible say about ancestor worship or ancestor worship?

Ancestor worship or ancestor worship involves religious belief with prayers and offerings to the spirits of dead ancestors. Ancestor worship is found in many cultures around the world. Prayers and sacrifices are offered because it is believed that the spirits of ancestors live on in the natural world and are thus able to influence the future and happiness of living relatives. Ancestral spirits are also said to serve as a medium between the living and the Creator.

Death wasn't the only criteria for being worshiped as an ancestor. The person must have led a moral life with a large social focus to receive this status. According to this belief, ancestors are supposed to influence the lives of later generations by bringing blessings or damnation and thus basically function as gods. Therefore, prayers, offerings, and gifts should put them mildly and win their favor.

Evidence of ancestor worship was found at sites in the Middle East in Jericho dating back to the 7th century BC. It was also practiced in ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Ancestor worship had its greatest influence in Chinese and African religions and is also prevalent in Japanese and Indian religions.

What Does the Bible Say About Ancestor Worship? First, that the spirit of the dead goes either to heaven or hell and does not abide in this world (Luke 16: 20-31; 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20: 11-15 ). The belief that spirits can linger on this earth and affect the lives of others is inconsistent with scripture.

Second, nowhere in the Bible are we told that the dead act as media between God and man. But the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ has that role. He was born, lived a sin-free life, was crucified for our sins, buried in a tomb, was resurrected by God, was seen by a multitude of witnesses, ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father, where he is with God for interceding those who have put their faith and trust in him (Acts 26:23; Romans 1: 2-5), Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 1: 3-4). There is only one mediator between God and man, and that is God's Son, Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2,5-6; Hebrews 8: 6; 9:15; 12:24). Only Christ can fill this role.

The Bible tells us in Exodus 20: 3-6 that we must not worship any gods other than the Lord God. Since it was believed that soothsayers and magicians could come into contact with the dead, they were expressly forbidden by God (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:32; 20.6; 27; Deuteronomy 18:10 -11; 1 Samuel 28: 3; Jeremiah 27: 9-10).

Satan has always tried to supplant and replace God, and he uses lies about worshiping other gods or even ancestors to lead people away from the truth about God's existence. Ancestor worship is wrong because it violates God's specific warnings against such worship and seeks to replace Jesus Christ as the divine mediator between God and humans.


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