The term seduced is usually applied to an unwilling participant who is beguiled, enticed and lured into some sort of sexual encounter. This leaves a victim feeling betrayed, used and violated. Beyond physical attractions, individuals can also be seduced by alcohol, drugs, fame, food, impulses, pornography, power, shopping, technology and wealth. One of God’s greatest concerns in the Old Testament was that Jews would be seduced by high places, centers for Canaanite idol worship scattered throughout the Middle East.
And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind, Jeremiah 7:31.
This connection became clear to me after reading an article written by a member of the Billy Graham Association. High places is mentioned 117 times in the Bible; derived from the Hebrew word “hamah” referring to mountaintops. In nearby hills, mountains and peaks, open-air altars on elevated knolls were built to pay tribute to pagan and secular gods. When Israel entered the promised land in Canaan under Joshua’s leadership, God commanded his people to destroy and tear down these places. Unfortunately, a lack of thoroughness left many behind as ancient idols slowly and subtly seduced God’s people year after year, unable to stay away.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places, Ephesians 6:12.
Today, with a click of a mouse, tap on your phone or voice to Alexia, the internet, a.k.a. the world wide net comes alive. While this technology was created to advance, expand and further human development, new high places are erected daily. Fueled by spiritual forces of evil, demons regularly seduce curious and vulnerable souls just like Eve succumbing to Lucifer’s reasoning. This seduction often goes unnoticed until sin becomes full blown, leaving a trail of devastation and destruction. Sure, there is forgiveness, grace and mercy, but humans don’t always see eye to eye, abandoning broken relationships to start anew. Despite how far one may fall, in God’s eyes no one is too far gone.
by Jay Mankus