“The true worshippers will worship the Father”—John 4:23

Jesus very clearly and unmistakably said that we should “worship the Father”. Trinitarians often claim “we should worship the Trinity” as their Athanasian Creed says. Most often they talk about worshipping Jesus, and sometimes they even claim to worship the Holy Spirit. But the Bible is crystal clear on this subject. This is not a gray area. There are no accurately translated scriptures that either direct us to, or have anyone worshipping Jesus, as you often hear. Jesus said in prayer that his “Father” is “the only true God” (John 17:1,3).

There are some verses that are often translated as though people actually “worshipped” Jesus. However, as mentioned above, accurate translations do not reflect that idea. Let’s look at these scriptures with accurate translations:

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage”—Matthew 2:11 NRSV

And the men in the boat fell at his feet, exclaiming, ‘You must be the Son of God'”—-Matthew 14:33 REB

Suddenly Jesus was there in their path, greeting them. They came up and clasped his feet, kneeling before him”—-Matthew 28:9 REB

When they saw him they fell down before, though some hesitated”—-Matthew 28:17 NJB

They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy”—Luke 24:52 NAB

“‘Lord, I believe,’ he said, and fell on his knees before him”—-John 9:38 REB

Again, when he presents his firstborn to the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels pay him homage'”—Hebrews 1:6 REB

When we look at the historical accounts of the early church, Acts through Revelation, do we find any valid instances of anyone worshipping Jesus? No, we don’t! Here are some examples of what we do find:

A worshipper of God”—Acts 16:14 NASB; 18:7 NASB

Worship God”—1 Corinthians 14:25; Revelation 19:10; 22:9

Worshipped God”—Revelation 7:11 NASB; 11:16 NASB; 19:4 NASB

A survey of the entire New Testament finds evidence of God alone being worshipped, and no evidence of Jesus or the Holy Spirit being worshipped. May we be guided by Jesus’ words above therefore!

3 thoughts on “WHO SHOULD WE WORSHIP?

  1. We should not worship anyone! The acts of worship are irrational ancient rituals which we can and should dispense with in the 21st century.

  2. You started the discussion here on “Bible Authenticity.” Why would you evade my comment here by trying to shift the discussion to another platform? That’s rude.

    Here is my definition: “To worship is to praise, pray to, and submit to another person, usually a hypothetical religious figure, sometimes by oneself but sometimes in a group. ‘The Pentacostal congregation worshiped the Almighty God for over two hours.'”

    Jesus was probably a real person, although he almost certainly performed no supernatural acts. On the other hand, God is just a hypothetical person. There is no good evidence that he exists. But why would anyone worship either of these two? That is not rational.

    We should not even worship current real people, e.g. Donald Trump.

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