Most of the things you mentioned and the way they are supposed to be used is for remembrance and not exactly idol worship. For instance; I have at times revered nearly everything as being of GOD, and being thankful for such. This isn't idol worship. One can praise the sun or the rain as long as they understand that this praise is ultimately thanks to the One Creator GOD.
I must too say that the only thing dividing religions is the particular names used for the same GOD. That and greed, pride, and fear.
Just my opinion though.
There is a huge difference between revering the Sun (that which God created) and being thankful for it and revering an object somehow imbued with holiness (a cross or the Bible). I'm sure if we went camping together and I went to the bushes to do my business and then yelled out to you, "Hey, I forgot the TP. There's a Bible in my pack. Toss it to me." you would likely take exception to it. I doubt your mind would be put at much ease if I told you I was only going to use the blank pages in the beginning and end, nothing with God's word on it. THAT is what I'm talking about. You revere trees as God's creation, but you don't mind if I use them for toilet paper. TOTALLY different thing.
What would be the harm in ripping the blank pages of a Bible out to wipe with? What would be the harm in ripping out Genesis to wipe with? You can always get another Bible. It's not like it's special or unique. If you're not reading Genesis at the time and you can get it replaced before you come around to it again, what is the harm? None, UNLESS the object is revered as a physical connection to a deity; somehow made special by that connection. In your example anything and everything in nature is equally special and, thus, not at all "special". I'm talking about specific object of worship.
But even in your example giving praise "to" the Sun is actually idolatry, if loosely defined, even if with the understanding that it was created by God. The First Commandment has most often been interpreted, at least by every Christian I've ever spoken to about it, to mean that you cannot worship, pray to or "praise" ANY god but THE God. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" is generally read as "Thou shalt have no other gods." Usually the quote, "A man cannot serve two masters" comes into play. You may not "think of it" as a god, but praising it is worshiping it as a god, and I think that's more than just a mere technicality.