4:10 -- Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! For
it is written,
worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'"
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
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:
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.
Consider the example where one man tried to
worship the apostle Peter:
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?
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:
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."
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'
Worshiping angels or
servants of God?
The Bible shows that we are not to worship
angels, or any servants of God:
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)
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."
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