The statues the pagans made and worshiped were not actual gods. They were fakes. They are nothing but carved wood and stone. That is why God did not want man worshiping them. Fakes, not real. Whenever a person chooses not to worship the one true God they are worshiping Satan.
Mankind is the jewel of God's creation. We are the apple of His eye. He loves us and did it all for us. All of this amazingly overdone creation was done for our happiness.