Cjones brought up a question on a previous thread that I was planning on posting on.
As Christians, we worship God.
What does that mean?
dictionary.com gives plenty of pretty definitions, using terms like “reverent honor” and “homage” or “adoring reverence or regard.” and I don’t dispute these terms, but they are all pretty subjective, and full of little questions of nuance.
After all if reverence is “deep respect tinged with awe” then I can say I probably have worshipped my wife, my parents, my children, Darius Gray, President Hinckley, butterflies, and George Lucas (prior to episode1 being released, of course). However I obviously don’t worship these in the way I worship God.
So the word “Worship”, as defined, somewhat fails me. In another thread, Blake Ostler said “However, only the Godhead is entitled to worship” . This still fits with the above definition but adds nuance, as the key point is “entitlement”. Other items may be worthy of our worship, in the subjective sense, but it is only divine triad who we are currently commanded to worship. Even then, the focus is on the Father.
Is this all that worship is? By looking to the definitions, am I missing the praxis? or is the praxis chaff?
It seems to be that the greatest worship is emulation and belief that if others emulate as well, the world will be a better place. Much of the praxis can be boiled down to this.
What is worship to you? How do you worship?