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Matthew 4:10 -- Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'" (NAS)

Hebrews 1:5-6 -- For to which of the angels did He ever say, "Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee"? And again, "I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me"? And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, "And let all the angels of God worship Him." (NAS)

Example after example shows that we must worship God and Jesus.

Worshiping statues, images, idols, etc. or living things?

Throughout the Bible, the worship of statues, images, idols, etc. were forbidden. The Bible warns that we should not even exchange the glory of God for anything that resembles man, animal, etc.   We are not to fall down in front of...or worship any of the following:

Romans 1:20-25* -- For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (NAS)

* Note: This scripture shows that we are not to exchange the glory of the incorruptible God for any image (either in the form of man, birds, animals or creatures). God the Father is invisible according to Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:15 and 1 Timothy 1:17. God the Father is spirit according to John 4:24. God the Father is also described as a consuming fire according to Deuteronomy 4:24 and Hebrews 12:29. And we are not to worship created images.

What would you think of a group that worshiped a "god" that was made out of flesh and bone, or stone, or wood, etc.?

Worshiping men, women or angels?

The Bible shows that we should not fall at the feet of...or worship any man, woman or angel.

Worship Peter?

Consider the example where one man tried to worship the apostle Peter:

Acts 10:25-26 -- And when it came about that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am just a man." (NAS) 

What would you think of a group that made itself, instead of God, the focus of worship?  

Worship Jesus' mother or brothers?

Also consider the scripture in Matthew 12, where the disciples were concerned because Jesus' mother Mary and Jesus' brothers were waiting for Jesus outside:

Matt 12:47-50 -- And someone said to Him, "Behold, your mother and your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to you." But He answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?" And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, "Behold, My mother and My brothers! "For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother." (NAS)

Mary was Jesus' mother, but Jesus says that "whoever does the will of His Father" is also His mother. Do you think, based on this scripture, that Jesus wanted his disciples to give greater attention to His mother and brothers than those who do the will of Jesus' Father?

Worshiping angels or servants of God?

The Bible shows that we are not to worship angels, or any servants of God:

Colossians 2:18 -- Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, (NAS)

Revelation 22:8-9 -- "And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. And he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God." (NAS)

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