Animism

The belief that everything has a soul or spirit, including non-living objects such as plants, rocks, mountains, rivers, and stars. These spirit forces are feared and worshipped or acknowledged in some way in the belief this will help protect from evil spirits. Elements of this common but wrong concept form the basis of several Eastern and indigenous religions. This worship of false gods is another scheme of Satan to rob God of the glory that is rightfully His. God has declared, "You shall have no other gods besides me...You shall not bow down to them or worship them...I am the Lord and there is no other; besides me there is no god" (Ex 20:3,5; Isa 45:5).

See also: Eastern/Western religions, false religions, indigenous.

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