Are all forms of worship acceptable to god?
I already did research for myself, and found some very ineresting things. I basicly want to hear peoples opinions. If there really is one god, is our way of worship to him just as acceptable as any other worship? Looking forward to hearing some well thought out opinions. Thanks for the Responses in advance everyone, keep it up. :)
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Jehoram and Destiny, you brought out some very good arguements, thanks.
- BJLv 71 decade ago
It is important that we worship God in the way that he approves. Many people believe that all religions are pleasing to God, but the Bible does not teach that. It is not even enough just to claim to be a Christian. Jesus said: “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.” To have God’s approval, therefore, we must learn what God requires of us and do it. Jesus called those who do not do God’s will “workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23) Like counterfeit money, false religion has no real value. Even worse, such religion is actually harmful.
Jehovah gives everyone on earth the opportunity to gain everlasting life. To have eternal life in Paradise, however, we must worship God properly and live now in a way that is acceptable to him. Sadly, many refuse to do so. That is why Jesus said: “Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.” True religion leads to everlasting life. False religion leads to destruction. God does not want any human to be destroyed, and that is why he is giving people everywhere an opportunity to learn about him. Really, then, the way we worship God means either life or death for us.
Mankind has developed many different ways of worship, and for the most part, these have not produced a happy, united human family. Instead, bloody wars are still being fought in the name of religion. This raises the important question: Does it matter how a person worships God?
The Bible does not agree with the modern view that there are many acceptable ways to worship God. Ephesians 4:5 says there is “one Lord, one faith.” Jesus stated: “Narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it.Source(s): Reasoning from the Scriptures
- 1 decade ago
Psalms 33:1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Examples of unacceptable worship.
Genesis 4:3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
These folks sought to get to God by building a tower.
Genesis 11:4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel--because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
- aotea sLv 51 decade ago
Been a Christian, there was one thing the Lord was apposed too and that was to build statues etc. If I remember my bible history I think it was when moses went to the top of the mountain and came back with two slabs with the Ten Commandments. He found his people had built themselves a statue of sorts and became disillusioned with Moses and his teachings.
Unfortunately Moses spat the dummy and smashed the slabs against rocks etc, not before reading what was on them.
As far as I know, maybe I should start reading the Bible again, it may give me more insight in my religion again. I feel bad enough now as it is, trying to remember bits .
- Dust in the WindLv 71 decade ago
The Bible tells us that where ever two or more are gathered in his name He is with us. It all so reminds us that there is a time for everything. In that every thing I believe it mentions dancing and hints at celebrating. To me these would be a form of worship IF done in God's name. I do not think you have to go to a designated building to worship. Living should be worship, our lives, how we live them and all that we do. But then, I am a United Methodist, they say we allow anything, lol. GBU
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- 1 decade ago
Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well not according to many of his/her followers.
I'd suppose (s)he's probably not a fan of the worship of money, or devil worship, or other idolotry. That 1st commandment isn't first for no reason.
But seriously, a multi-dimensional, multi-dynamic being, couldn't possibly be "satisfied" with one sterile form of worship. He'd probably create many forms of worship and then laugh as we all fought each other to the death over who worshipped better, this is why God is probably a woman or a gay man. hehehe
Maybe God abhors worship all together. He didn't want us to be free after all. And who can say any printable word could possibly encompass a small fraction of God's Desires for Humanity, if any.
YHWH prohibited the slaughter of first born sons when he made a new covenent with Abraham. So that form of worship became unacceptable
God probably want us to worship him most in action and deeds, making a better world, than in solemn prayer and obediencem, but that is just my opinion and who am I to speak for God, I'm just like Jesus, one of his children...
- 1 decade ago
At Matt.4:10 the Bible says. 'Then Jesus said to him:"Go away,satan!For it is written,'It is Jehovah your God you must
worship,and IT IS TO HIM ALONE you must render sacred service."
How can a person know which religion is right? On what are its
teachings based?Are they from God,or are they largely based on
doctrines of men?(2Tim.3:16--Mark 7:7) does the Bible teach that
God is a trinity?Where does it say that the human soul is immortal?
In most churches These thinks are taught.Is true faith in Jesus
Christ being demonstrated?(john.3:36) (Ps.2:6-8)(Jas.2:26)
Is it largely ritualistic,a formality,or is it a way of life?(Isa.1:15,17)
Do its members truly love one another?Most religions cant even
agree on doctrine within there own church let alone with the other
churches who claim to be the same denomination.(john.13:35)
These are just a few things that can help a person to decide what
is or is not acceptable to God concerning worship.For more
information on this subject contact Jehovahs Witnessess or go
to www.watchtower.org-Source(s): Reasoning from the scriptures. N.W.T.
- purpleaura1Lv 61 decade ago
In the Bible God said:exodus 20:1-20:17
20Then God spoke all these words:
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before* me.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation* of those who love me and keep my commandments.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No, they are not.
Israel, in its descent into idolatry did exactly what God commanded them not to do.
They were warned: "You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods." (Deuteronomy 12:31)
And later, after being settled in, "And when he had returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, 'I now totally dedicate the silver to the Lord for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now I will restore it unto you.'" (Judges 17:3)
This is how Jesus says we are to worship: "Yet the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Indeed, the Father is looking for people like that to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:23-24)
As long as God is worshiped in Spirit and Truth, He is pleased. Those who "worship" by rote, or because it makes them feel better, are not at all pleasing to the Lord.
- A2ZLv 41 decade ago
Do Not Follow Your Parents' Religion Blindly
[5:104] When they are told, "Come to what GOD has revealed, and to the messenger," they say, "What we found our parents doing is sufficient for us." What if their parents knew nothing, and were not guided?
[5:105] O you who believe, you should worry only about your own necks. If the others go astray, they cannot hurt you, as long as you are guided. To GOD is your ultimate destiny, all of you, then He will inform you of everything you had done.
No Compulsion in Religion
[2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient
[2:257] GOD is Lord of those who believe; He leads them out of darkness into the light. As for those who disbelieve, their lords are their idols; they lead them out of the light into darkness - these will be the dwellers of Hell; they abide in it forever.
[21:21] Have they found gods on earth who can create?
[21:22] If there were in them (the heavens and the earth) other gods beside GOD, there would have been chaos. Glory be to GOD; the Lord with absolute authority. He is high above their claims.
Never Question God's Wisdom
[21:23] He is never to be asked about anything He does, while all others are questioned.
[21:24] Have they found other gods beside Him? Say, "Show me your proof. This is the message to my generation, consummating all previous messages." Indeed, most of them do not recognize the truth; this is why they are so hostile.
One God/One Message/One Religion
[21:25] We did not send any messenger before you except with the inspiration: "There is no god except Me; you shall worship Me alone."
[21:26] Yet, they said, "The Most Gracious has begotten a son!" Glory be to Him. All (messengers) are (His) honored servants.
[21:27] They never speak on their own, and they strictly follow His commands.
The Myth of Intercession
[21:28] He knows their future and their past. They do not intercede, except for those already accepted by Him, and they are worried about their own necks.
[21:29] If any of them claims to be a god beside Him, we requite him with Hell; we thus requite the wicked.