Bible Articles on the Topic of latria

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Worship of Christ?

The Greek “proskuneo”, “to make obeisance, do reverence to” (from pros, “towards,” and kuneo, “to kiss”), is the most frequent word rendered “to worship.” It is used of an act of homage or reverence... (a) to God, e.g., Matthew 4:10; John 4:21-24; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Revelation 4:10; 5:14; 7:11; 11:16; 19:10 (2nd part); Revelation 22:9; (b) to Christ, e.g., Matthew 2:2,8,11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:20; 28:9,17; John 9:38; Hebrews 1:6, in a quotation from the LXX of Deuteronomy 32:43, referring to Christ’s second advent; (c) to a man, Matthew 18:26; (d) to the Dragon, by men, Revelation 13:4; (e) to the Beast, his human instrument, Revelation 13:4,8,12; 14:9,11; (f) the image of the Beast, Revelation 13:15; 14:11; 16:2; (g) to “demons,” Revelation 9:20; and (h) to idols, Acts 7:43 (from Vine’s).

Worshipping Jesus and the Trinitarian Argument

Trinitarians believe, among many things, that Jesus has always been the Supreme deity—LORD God Almighty—while at the same time believing that Jesus was and/or is fully a man. They reject the possibility that Jesus could simply be a second Adam, a unique creation of God, by using the argument that “creature worship” is forbidden by the Bible and then noting that Jesus is worshipped in the Bible. Using Romans 1:25, they argue that those who worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator, are unlearned ones who walk in darkness, and that “creature worship” will result in God’s wrath:

Worshipping Our Lord Jesus

“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2)

Is Jesus God Because He Was Worshipped?

Christian worship has been very important to the question of whether Jesus is God. The New Testament (NT) records certain instances in which Jesus was “worshipped.” Christians generally have regarded these as evidence that those practitioners believed that Jesus was God, since only God should be worshipped. But what does “worship” mean?

Who Should Christians Worship?

Should Christians worship only God? Or God and Jesus? Or is it redundant to say that we should worship both God and Jesus? If Jesus isn’t God himself, is it therefore the sin of idolatry to worship Jesus? In this video, these questions are addressed in light of scripture.

Proskynesis

Proskynesis (/ˈprɒskɪniːsɪs/; Greek προσκύνησις) refers to the traditional Persian act of bowing or prostrating oneself before a person of higher social rank. In the Eastern Orthodox Church the term proskynesis is used theologically to indicate the veneration given to icons and relics of the saints; as distinguished from latria, the adoration which is due to God alone, and also physical gestures such as bowing or kneeling (genuflection in the Western church) before an altar or icon.