As we have seen, an idol is any desire that has grown into a consuming demand that rules our hearts; it is something we think we must have to be happy, fulfilled, or secure. To put it another way, it is something we love, fear, or trust.
~ Ken Sande, in The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) pp. 109
Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai and his Disciples entered a town. Some beautiful women passed them. Rabbi Simeon lowered his eyes and siad to his Disciples: “Turn ye not unto the idols.” (Lev. 19:4)
~ The Talmud, Zohar, iii, 80
The amassing of wealth is one of the worst species of idolatry, no idol more debasing.
~ Andrew Carnegie