Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Facebook's latest trend is for account holders to allow an app to create unlikely pictures of themselves. Those pictures are called avatars. Avatars go against Christian beliefs. When the app automatically makes an avatar, the photo will look nothing like you. It could be male or female, young or old, black or white. The qualities it bears are nothing like the ones you have. It is not the way God made you.
People are following the crowd and doing what others are doing without realizing they are going against what Christianity is all about and what the Bible teaches. The unfortunate thing about this whole concept is that it opens up doors for the enemy to come in. Not only is your appearance changed into something superhuman, but what's inside of you changes as well and you are setting yourself up for spiritual warfare.
Who wants that especially at this time when other unknown things are going on in the world that we have to deal with? You have a choice not to jump on the bandwagon and do what others are doing because it could have adverse consequences.
This article is not to judge anyone or put anyone down for using an avatar. This is written to inform those who have no clue about what they are doing when they follow the crowd and let the computer create an avatar for them.
People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). The main purpose of this article is to inform so people will not be destroyed for not knowing.
What Is An Avatar?
According to most dictionaries and information found on Wikipedia, an avatar is "the manifestation or incarnation of a deity on earth." That concept is believed in some religions but not in others.
The word "avatar" means "to make one's appearance like something else." In other words, an avatar refers to the embodiment of a superhuman being or a god or goddess in another form. Not only is the appearance changed, but the personality and characteristics of one's real self are changed into what the avatar stands for. An avatar is worshiped for his supernatural nature rather than for being human.
Avatar: Not a Christian Belief
Christians believe they were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and not in the image of an avatar. Surely, God is no avatar. Therefore, we shouldn't aspire to be one.
The Bible also says, "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession" (1 Peter 2:9). The word "avatar" is not listed in that scripture or in any other place in the Bible.
The belief in avatars goes against what the Bible teaches about Jesus being fully God and fully human. It is the belief that Jesus Christ was fully spiritual and only appeared to be human and did not really experience physical pain in His redemptive work on the cross. Therefore, to believe in avatars and want to be one goes against everything the Bible teaches about Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.
Avatar: A Hindu Belief
Hinduism is unlike Christianity in that Hindus believe in many gods while Christians believe in only one God. There are many different gods and goddesses in Hinduism. Therefore an avatar can appear to a person in whatever form the person envisions. It could be any one of their many gods or it could be a personal god of their own imagination.
Certain Hindu avatars such as Vishnu appears in Hindu mythology whenever the world is in crisis. Avatars appear after evil has grown stronger and has thrown the cosmos out of its balance.
Advice to Facebook Users
There are dozens of people on Facebook who have changed their profile photos to avatars. I am amazed that many of them are those who profess to be Christians. Even leaders of the church have changed their profile photos into avatars and are using them not only on Facebook but also on their other social media pages.
Some people will read this article and believe the information. Others might dismiss it and say making avatars is just a fun thing to do. That's the way the devil works. He makes things look good and provides pleasure until he gets people hooked. Then he works havoc in their lives.
If you have changed your profile picture into an avatar, please change it back to one that God will honor. When Jesus returns for His people He will be looking for you and not an avatar.
Two Last Things
- You do not have to do what everybody else is doing.
- If you believe what is in this article, share it with your Facebook friends so they will know what the real deal is when it comes to avatars.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on June 14, 2020:
peachy, that is a very good point. I agree with you. However, I see that you have an animal as your profile picture. Since it is not you, in a sense that's an avatar.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 14, 2020:
I do not use God pictures for my avatar because I find that holy pictures are only meant for prayers and devotion
Billie Fuller on May 21, 2020:
God bless you Rev. Margaret,
I love this article. So much rich information.
Jaki on May 20, 2020:
I didn't know what it was thought it was just for fun. Thanks
Carl Manigault on May 20, 2020:
This information is spot on. People be careful of what you during on this planet call Earth.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on May 19, 2020:
Thank you Margaret. I did not research Avatars and thought it was just the name of a cartoon image.