- 1 Summary
- 2 Endorsements
- 3 Concepts
- 4 FAQ
Worship means respecting and honoring God more than any other being (John 4:24). We worship God because He is perfect (Matthew 5:48): all-powerful (Romans 1:20) and all-loving (I John 4:8). We also worship God because we need Him to live (John 1:4).
All Christians agree God should be worshipped because of His power and love.
Worship is respecting God’s perfect power.
God’s power is eternal (Romans 1:20). God created everything (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16). He is omnipresent, existing everywhere (Ephesians 4:6; Ephesians 1:23). He is all-knowing (I John 3:20). He is the embodiment of Truth (John 14:6) and perfection (Matthew 5:48), needing nothing (Acts 17:25) and never sins (I Peter 2:22). His will is always accomplished (Isaiah 46:10), and His methods are perfect (Psalms 18:30). God “the Almighty” exists outside of time and any other logical construct we can conceive of (Revelation 1:8). God is so far out of our understanding that His name is “I AM” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58).
Worship is respecting God’s perfect love.
Do we worship God just because He is all-powerful? We worship Him because He is all-powerful and He is perfectly good and loving (II Chronicles 7:3). God is perfect (Matthew 5:48) because He is the definition of love (I John 4:8). Not everyone seeks power, but everyone seeks love because everyone seeks a healthy and respectable life (Luke 17:33). God loves everyone, even the worst of sinners, so much that he died for us (Romans 5:6-7,8). He loves you when you are manipulating others or hating yourself because He knows every evil thing in you and still wants to save you (John 3:16-17). He wants to become one with you (Ephesians 5:31-32). Love is desiring for another life to thrive, and God loves us so much that He wants to do everything for us, even make us perfect (Matthew 5:48).
You are created to worship God.
God put a void in our hearts by having humanity desire eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This is meant to bring glory to God (I Corinthians 10:31) who alone is worthy (Revelation 4:11).
Isn’t demanding worship narcissistic?
Some may think of God like a narcissist because He demands worship for His own sake, but God needs nothing (Acts 17:25). He commands worship because worshipping God is the only way we won’t worship ourselves (Romans 1:25), the definition of pride (Psalms 10:4). When humans start to worship anything besides God, then they won’t ask Him for help (Isaiah 53:6), leading to a dystopia instead of a utopian heaven (Romans 3:11-12,17).
Why would God make me co-dependent on Him?
God does not want us to be dependent on anyone (I Thessalonians 4:12), but He wants us to depend on Him in the same way a father wants his baby to depend on him until he is grown up. We cannot be perfect without depending on Perfection (Matthew 5:48).
How can Jesus be God if He doesn’t know everything (Matthew 24:24,36)?
Jesus was once a child who needed to grow in wisdom like any human (Luke 2:46,52) and be taught by the Father (John 8:28). When Jesus claimed to be one with the Father (John 10:30,38), this oneness is not having the same thoughts, as most Christians believe the Trinity is 3 distinct Persons, who have their own minds and have ranking (John 14:28). Although the Father knows everything (I John 3:20) and Jesus was perfected through suffering (Hebrews 2:10), the reason Jesus is God is that while the universe and us humans are created by Jesus (John 1:3), Jesus was not created by the Father but existed with Him (John 1:1-2). Being perfect or God is not about knowledge but about having a divine nature that has full control over sin (Hebrews 4:15).