I think WordPress was having a seizure just now. God is far and above, vastly unknown or known only through flashes of intuition or dreamlike experiences.
Others worship only the Goddesses and call these Goddesses collectively as Shakti meaning strength. The most important tenet of sanatana dharma for all Hindus is ahimsa, the absence of a desire to injure, which is used to justify vegetarianism although it does not preclude physical violence toward animals or humans, or blood sacrifices in temples.
You cannot attribute social issues to Hinduism. You are doing more harm to your own atheism than I ever could!
When the Israelites were condemned for molding the golden calf, they were intending it to represent the LORD. The idols also teach us to treat the whole creation with respect and recognize the presence of God in all objects. Agnosticism Maybe sh it happens, maybe it doesn't.
The statue is not pretending to be anything. Divinity can also be invoked and felt in a sacred fire, or in a tree, or in the enlightened person of a satguru.
In all things, they appear to be worshipping the book like it's their god. Thus, thus symbolically in idol worship one not only worships the concrete form of God murtam but also the subtle, invisible and formless Self amurtam in the body.
You never answered this: The full realization of this is believed to be sufficient to release the worshiper from rebirth; in this view, nothing could be more detrimental to salvation than the birth of a child. I don't question the age of humanity... But Hinduism is rich in scripture with a vast collection of ancient religious writings. Hanuman, the monkey god, appears in the Ramayana as the cunning assistant of Rama in the siege of Lanka.
In the puja ceremony which is usually performed in the households, it is done whenever the deities are ritually worshipped according to the standard procedure. Reincarnation of the soul. Indeed, some idols are immersed in water or discarded after they are worshipped.