I remember reading an account in the Older Testament where the Israelites have destroyed a society of idol worshipping people whose religious practise was to sacrifice their children as live burnt offerings to their gods.
As a point of interest, atheists defend those societies and curse the God they say they don’t believe in for bringing punishment against societies that are vile and evil enough to do those kinds of things.
“How dare God destroy those who sacrifice their children and force women to work as temple prostitutes. Why, God must be a monster!”
(For comparison purposes check the comments section of the CNN article about the mom who live streamed her sexual abuse of her two-year-old daughter. O the outrage! They want her destroyed, tortured, torn limb from limb, they want her tongue pulled out. But burning your children to death as ritual sacrifices? Subjecting women to ritual prostitution? For those who hate their Creator those things aren't that big a deal. Think about that! Can you imagine how evil a society has to be for those things to be sanctioned as good and normal? To atheists that's no problem. To them it’s God who’s wrong. The God they don't believe in - Snerk!)
I'm off topic - The thing is, after defeating and destroying this particular nation, the Israelites themselves began to worship these very same gods. How dumb can humans be?
Perhaps we shouldn’t be too hard on those Israelites since each and every Christian today faces the same struggles. The pagan culture around us is unceasingly attempting to squeeze us into its mould. And in many cases, the surrounding culture is winning. Rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds, many of those who call themselves christians take their lead from the culture in areas like marriage / relationships, business dealings and the desire / need to find security and worth in possessions and looks.
It’s not surprising then that rates of divorce and family violence among those who call themselves christians is similar to the secular world in which those christians live. Many christians actually worship the same idols that their neighbours worship.
Paul says that by the renewing of our minds we will be able to work out and approve what God’s will is, what is good, acceptable and right.
Without this renewal of mind, we’re just as dumb as everyone else.