1 Kings 12:26-28
26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
-At this point is Israel’s history, the nation has been split. The nation of Israel under King Jeroboam and Judah under King Rehoboam. Jeroboam is afraid that if the people go back to Jerusalem to worship the Lord, they will decide not to return. Look how he decided to deal with that possibility. He creates a false religion in the form of two idols and tells the people that it is okay to stay in Israel to worship. This is the same problem we have in the modern age. Blind leaders have peddled countless false religions out to the people under the premise that “it is too hard to worship the Lord”. They say His laws are too strict and His standards too high. That may be true; Jesus Himself taught us that “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48), and you may find many other “religions” that are easier to follow. But think about what you are getting. If you take the ‘easy’ way and get an empty religion, how does that compare to taking the ‘hard’ way and getting the God of all creation? “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)