Nonsensical worship and devotion

Now it happened, after that Amaziah had come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense to them. Therefore the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought after the gods of the people, which have not delivered their own people out of your hand?” ~ 2 Chronicles 25

One has to wonder why folks would choose to set up a god to worship that didn’t even serve to save the people already worshiping and living under it.  It’s really bizarre to think that I am now bowing down to something that I just defeated. What makes this being worthy of my worship? What is the attraction?

This got me thinking about human nature and unreasonable devotion to certain systems of government and systems of education (and other ways of life) that have not “saved” their people and yet some insist that we also follow them. What is the attraction?

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