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If Jesus has a God, does Jesus also worship Him? [duplicate]

John 20:17 Jesus replied, 'Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' ...
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To those believing Jesus NOT to be “the only true God”: Why does God let His angels worship His firstborn, when God allows worship only of Himself?

Hebrews 1:6 (NIV) says: when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” My question is for those who don’t believe Jesus to be “the only true God”: Why the ...
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Heard a song at church and can't find it

The refrain is: "I am desperately in need, I am falling at your feet, and I plead for mercy." Something like that. I don't know the rest and what I wrote may be out of order.
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

Many people argue that we only created God and religion to give our lives meaning, and that is why we worship God and other gods. However, we have to take into consideration that humans tend to ...
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Which Christian denominations do not prioritize seeking a tangible experience of God's presence?

To provide context, some time ago I posed the following question: Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical union with God?. Answers suggested that denominations ...
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What's the history of using a worship set in church, rather than interspersed songs

I have heard the arguments for and against an extended time of worship at the start of a church service. My question, though, is more historical. Where did this approach to sung worship originate; as ...
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What are the messages communicated by Pope Francis' advice of 7th January to parents?

In a news item of National Catholic Register titled 'Pope Francis baptizes babies in the Sistine Chapel on January 7, 2024. Vatican Media ' the following is found : The Pope told parents to let their ...
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Why did the Magi want "to worship" Infant Jesus?

We read in Mtt 2:1-2: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? ...
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Is the worship of God coerced?

In essence I'm asking that if there was nothing after death, but we believed that God existed, would there be any reason for us to worship God. It then seems like humans are coerced into worship, ...
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Was the music of the early church a capella?

I have often heard historical arguments like the following against the use of musical instruments: Neither he [Paul] nor any other apostle, nor the Lord Jesus, nor any of the disciples for five ...
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How do Evangelicals define Expository Preaching and how prevalent is it within Protestantism?

For the first five years of my Christian life I was blessed by the expository preaching of a U.K. Baptist minister. Sermons were usually 45 minutes in duration and the word of God was preached ...
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Does any non-Catholic denomination maintain Altar Lamp, following Lev 6:12-13?

We read in Lev 6:12-13 (NIV) : The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat ...
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How do JW reconcile that their foundational belief about Worship of Christ made them idolatrous? [closed]

Russel wrote... "It seems clear that His Divinity was retained in humanity because He repeatedly spoke of Himself as having come down from heaven, and because He, though passing through trial ...
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Do Biblical Unitarians worship Jesus or venerate him?

In this Biblical Unitarian answer to a question asking after differences in the way that Catholics view Mary vs. how Biblical Unitarians view Jesus there appears the following: Like Mary in ...
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Did Joshua worshiped the Ark of the Covenant?

Joshua 7:6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads. ...
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By what Biblical basis do Christian denominations equate Worship with Singing?

It seems common knowledge that Worship time in a service is time to sing, either hymns or modern songs. The lead singer or musician is called a "worship leader". It should be noted that this ...
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Did Jesus forbid the disciples from worshiping him before the Resurrection?

An occasion on which we see the disciples worshiping Jesus is described in Mtt 28:17 : Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When ...
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What Sunday services were held in a tyical English parish church before the Reformation?

I can find much material about monastic services, but nothing about the worship pattern in a typical rural parish. The Mass would have been celebrated, of course, but was there a morning and/or ...
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What is the basis for calling God's love "reckless"?

The song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury has a lyric that says: Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God What is the basis for saying that God's love is reckless? That seems ...
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Can Catholic converts attend worship and participate fully in their family's Protestant church?

For a Catholic convert who either was raised in a Protestant church (including being baptized there) or who was married in a Protestant church, but whose parents, spouse and children want to remain ...
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Do Muslims pray like Christians should?

This is how it's mentioned in the Bible: Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people answered, "Amen, Amen!" while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and ...
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Where did the layout of protestant worship come from?

Most protestant churches I have attended (from a wide degree of protestant denominations) have a very specific setup in the layout of their service. It generally goes like this: About 5 Worship Songs ...
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How did early Christians practice and observe their new religion [closed]

What did early Christians do after they were Baptized? Some were originally Jews who maintained some aspects of their former observance. And others were Gentiles (viz. non-Jews in this context). ...
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Basis for believing services are for the regenerate?

This is actually needed for an upcoming communication. I’ve heard several Reformed Theology preachers criticizing the focus some modern Protestant churches have on using services largely or even ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

Hebrews 10:23-25 says "Let us hold resolutely to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. 25 Let us not ...
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What is the difference between praising and preaching?

The original context of the question is Acts 2:11 (ESV): 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Some claim that the ...
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Has there been any denominational, official, public push-back against governments declaring in-person worship 'non-essential'?

Christians share certain beliefs that can be at odds with secular governments. In particular, Christians believe that salvation of souls is much more important than bodily health, as souls can exist ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

I have been a Christian since my youth, but I have never received a satisfactory answer to this question. Why must a Christian close their eyes during prayer? In large services in the west, (I am not ...
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What is the difference between obeisance and worship? [closed]

After reading the answers to this question, I realized that many do not necessarily see it as idolatry if someone prostrates before someone else (e.g. Jesus), as long as it is done to pay obeisance ...
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How do deniers of Jesus' divinity explain that the angel at Revelation 22:9 did not include Jesus in the list of beings that can be worshipped?

Note: this is an adaptation of a question asked on Hermenutics.SE. Check it out if interested in answers from different viewpoints. When John fell down to worship the angel that had just showed him ...
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Do Biblical Unitarians consider worshiping Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit as God to be idolatry?

Many Christians believe that Jesus is God (it's just a matter of realizing how widespread trinitarianism is, for example). However, there are Christians that go one step further and act on this belief,...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Especially since we have switched from in person to live streamed services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing as we have had a phased return with both in person people and live steaming, we’...
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What is the difference between "love" and "worship"? Do "love God" and "worship God" mean the same thing?

I've never quite understood the concept of worship and how it differs from the concept of love. Are worship and love the same thing? Or is worship = love + something else? If someone loves God, does ...
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According to Catholic Church, what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

We see Jesus telling the Samaritan woman at Jn 4: 23-24 (NRSVCE) : "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father ...
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Which sects of Christianity recite verses of God and prostrate to God during the night?

I'm looking that this verse if Quran. Āl ʿImrān:13 They are not (all) equal. Of the population of the Book (Or: Family of the Book; i.e., the Jews and Christians) is an upright nation (who) recite ...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

There is a basic Bible principle for Christians to obey the laws of the authorities that govern them: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which ...
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What are the Catholic Church's instruction on kneeling down in prayer in churches?

In Catholic churches where pews are in place, one rarely notices the faithful kneeling down in prayer except perhaps during the Prayer of Consecration . In fact, in earlier times, the faithful would ...
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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

I received an email today from someone who has, thus far, complied with Government advice, concerned that prolonged lockdown conditions or 'semi-lockdown' conditions (which pose significant ...
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Did the Apostles “worship Jesus” in Luke 24:52?

What is the correct reading of Luke 24:52 - did they worship Jesus? Latin Vulgate does not mention this and RSV puts this in footnotes. Luke 24:50-53 (NIV) 50 When he had led them out to the ...
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Did Jesus command His Disciples to Worship Him? [closed]

Did Jesus command His Disciples to Worship Him? Any verse from the Bible proves that?
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What exempts a Catholic from going to Mass on Sunday at church?

My grandparents are devout Catholics in the Midwest. They are fairly involved in their local church, however if they are away they will go to any close church. This much is fine, and I admire them for ...
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What does the Bible say about giving worship to a created being?

Is there any biblical basis to support the view that God, through Michael the Archangel, commanded all the angels to worship Adam? Why would God ask the angels to worship a created human? Doesn’t ...
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Do the reformed theology adherents believe that a believer should not "converse with" or "pray to" or worship the Holy Spirit?

I was in a Reformed house church and heard them making a statement of faith after the meeting. In that, they wrote that only the Father and the Son are to be worshipped and prayed to. They believed ...
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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

What's the difference between these two words other than obviously the spelling. I've seen some songs write Alleluia which sounds very similar to Hallelujah when sung.
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Is there a difference of substance between the veneration of Mary, and the worship of God?

Speaking from a protestant understanding, I had just assumed that Catholics would say they worshipped Mary. They (often) pray to her, sing her praise (calling her holy, and such). Sometimes bowing ...
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How do Christians turn Sunday into the Lord's day?

According to scripture, the phrase "the Lord's day" occurs just once in the book of Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet How do ...
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Who is the best prophet in Christianity? and is he the best human being in the eyes of God? [closed]

The degree of how well God is worshipped varies from person to person, some do better deeds, have better morals, or do greater sacrifices than others, so it seems natural that there will be some human ...
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According to Jesus in the New Testament, where by name are the three places one ought to worship God?

Someone in The New Testament mentions two places where one ought to worship God. Jesus says that in the Messianic Era neither place will be where one ought to worship God. Which are these two places ...
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Is there a Biblical reason why the church of Christ does not use instrumental music? [duplicate]

I have heard all of my life that the New Testament does not authorize the use of musical instruments, so the church of Christ does not use them. They say they are silent where the Bible is silent, ...
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Did the virgin Mary worship Jesus? [closed]

I was reading about Jesus Christ and his miraculous birth, and this question came to my mind: Would have or did the virgin Mary worship Jesus, after his birth or after his death (according to those ...
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