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Christian: What is Worship?

Discussion in 'Same Faith Debates' started by Joannicius, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. keevelish

    keevelish Member

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    it is broad- but true because we worship God (give glory and honor to him) when we follow his guidelines and uphold every thing he has said. When we disobey him (sin) that is not worship. We are to worship in spirit and truth- the truth would be the word of God. That means taking the whole word of God, not picking and choosing what we like and throwing out what we don't like but following it totally. Of course we can't possibly because we are sinful people, but we can try our best and ask the holy spirit to help us. Worship is not just singing hymns (although it is glorifying) but doing everything that God says to give him honor.
     
  2. may

    may Well-Known Member

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    when young King Josiah started to search for the true God, he cleaned the graven images out of Judah, breaking them to pieces. (2 Chron. 34:3, 4) What a fine example for us if we wish to please God!

     
  3. Joannicius

    Joannicius Active Member

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    If you study the scripture and focus in on the words that Jesus used of Himself you will see that many times He spoke of Himself as The Creator, and I single out one that is to me the most impacting, the time when Peter cut off the ear of the soldier and Jesus said "I AM" and they fell to the ground (obviously, not of their own will) because when Jesus said that; it was the same statement He made to Moses on Mount Sinai when He said "I AM" after Moses asked how he should address his visitation to the nation of Israel.

    We know that Mary is not the mother of Divinity in the sense of her being beyond human, but she did bare the one That is Both 100% Human and 100% Divine. God is not limited to our understanding or math.

    We speak of Mary as the "Theotokos", which literally interpreted means the "Bearer of God" - She bore the Godman Christ Jesus The Lord of ALL !
     
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  4. Joannicius

    Joannicius Active Member

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    Oh, and by the way, if you don't think Mary has any influence on Jesus. Explain to me what happened at the marriage feast???
     
  5. ayani

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    hey Joannicius-

    i think that the Christin ideal is indeed to worship everyday, and within the everyday- to be mindful of God's presence no matter what we are doing or where we are.

    when i worship, i tend to do so silently, whether or not i'm with my congregation. i feel that God is a creative power, not limited to the beginning of the world- He creates opporunities for love, inspiriation, and revelation within and around us all the time.

    maybe. when Quakers worship, at least in unprogrammed meetings, we tend to sit in silence. what an individual Quaker does with that silence (prayer, contemplation, waiting for clarity) depends. i think this could be thought of as veneration in the sense that one is humbling one's spirit before something greater and more good than one's self, and being respectful through that humility and listening.
     
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    may Well-Known Member

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    true just what i was thinking
     
  7. Joannicius

    Joannicius Active Member

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    WOW, that is beautiful Gracie
    ....... I have always had a place in my heart for the Quaker ecxspresion of love and commitment to our God. I was raised in Okla. where we ran across a few, once in a while. I admire your "remembering God" for the Church Fathers say, that is what we in the "Eighth Mellinia" have mostly lost and are loosing. With the remembrance of God we can come to know ourself and recognize that without the breath of God in our nostrils, we are but a clump of clay.

    May God grant you his Peace and Grace
     
  8. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Wonderful post! (No wonder you're the Frubal Fairy.)

    Although I am LDS, I seldom quote from the Book of Mormon in my posts. I hope everyone will forgive me if I do, just this once. Your statement reminded me so much of a statement in the Book of Mormon, which says, "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I too believe that we worship God by serving Him and that we serve Him by serving others.

    I also think it's important for people to remember that we all have different strengths and different weaknesses. I may be very good at serving in one capacity and yet find it very difficult to serve in another. We each just need to do what we can.
     
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