When people were scattered across the entire earth, they
began to forget the invisible true God, the Creator of the world. The principal
reason for this was that the sins which separate people from God clouded their
There were fewer and fewer righteous men, and
there was no one to teach men true faith in God. There appeared among men false
faith, superstition. People saw about them much that was marvelous and
unintelligible, and in place of God they began to worship the sun, moon, stars,
fire, water and various animals, to make images of them, to worship them, to
offer sacrifice and build them temples or shrines. Such images of false gods
are called idols, and the people who worship them are called idolaters
or pagans. This is how idolatry began to appear on the earth.
Soon almost all men were pagans. Only in Asia, in the
offspring of Shem was there a righteous man whose name was Abraham, who
remained faithful to God.
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