Exodus 34:14 "Worship no other god." Deuteronomy 8:19 if you, "follow other gods and serve them and worship them...you shall surely perish."
What are false idols..."other gods?" The phrase other gods simply refers to "wrong beliefs," or "beliefs contrary to the truth." Jeremiah 13:10 proclaims that, "the worship of other gods (or untruths, wrong thoughts/beliefs) are unprofitable." An idol is something that replaces who God really is...Spirit. It is religion, and it stands in place of and in the way of the truth, which is Spirit. To merely worship a god, a "false idol," is simply to be mistaken in one's beliefs. Beliefs can change, as they are mistakes....forgivable errors in understanding. But, false beliefs still can be unprofitable...even hurtful to a person because of the fearful, emotional bondage that can be created, most often through religion. Untruths create God as being something different than what the Divine Spirit is; even one to be feared. So, who and how do we worship? Should we worship Jesus?
Isaiah 66:23 "All flesh shall come to worship before me." Psalm 86:9 "All nations whom you have made shall come and worship before you..." Psalm 95:6 ..."let us kneel before the Lord our maker."
These verses of scripture show that worship is an invitation unto all. All will come to God...Truth and leave false beliefs behind. Hence, all will be saved, which is to say that all will eventually know the truth concerning Spirit,"For all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."
Micah 5:13 "You shall no more worship the "work" of your hands."
Works are "outward" expressions. All will be brought to no longer worshipping outwardly. Why? Because God is found within the heart...the soul of man. God is not far off, nor is spirit separate from us. Mankind must be brought back to the knowledge of this truth...the knowledge of our oneness with the heavenly Father...Spirit. Satan (devil; the carnal mind of man - which is led outwardly, physically through the mind and five senses) tried to deceive Jesus by saying in Matthew 4:9, "All these things (outward, physical things in this physical world) I will give you if you will fall down ("the fall" as in Genesis when Adam and Eve "fell" to a lower estate in their minds, not being inwardly led through the Spirit of God; outward worship or leading) and worship me." We too, can easily be enticed with all that the world offers and hope for something to come one day (such as heaven), while never seeking the truth which already lives within our midst. That is what "falling" to a lower estate (lesser than who we really are in Spirit) is! This battle with Satan (mistaken thinking) occurred within Jesus' mind too, and it also occurs today within each of us. Let us follow Jesus' example and be inwardly led, not outwardly led on our life path. Jesus said, "Away with you Satan...for I am to worship God only and only serve Him." To follow the inner leading of Spirit is to worship or reverence the Divine from within one's heart. In contrast, Satan (false ideas/beliefs) is most easily worshipped outwardly. Follow the gentle leading from within, not the ravaging world outside, for this is the only way to connect with the Divine Spirit.
Many ask, "Should we worship Jesus?"Some even bow to Jesus as God. But, I do not believe this was Jesus' message, otherwise he would of stated so. Did he tell us, "Go build buildings on every street corner and call them churches; then teach everyone you meet to bow down and worship me as God?" If one is honest, the answer easily is "No." Better yet, did Jesus worship himself? No, he stated and demonstrated we are to revere the "Heavenly Father (his name for God the Divine Spirit)." Through condemnation of all beliefs contrary to their own, christian religious leaders will mistakenly twist Jesus' statement, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by me." The religious are unable to hear what Jesus was truly saying. Jesus did not say bow and worship him; but in this verse he simply gave the example of his life as an example of being the only way to communicate with Spirit. How did Jesus connect with Spirit? He did so from within his being. Allow me to re-phrase the prior quote attributed to Jesus: "When you see my life and how I communicate with the Heavenly Father, you should know how you too need to communicate with Spirit." Jesus further plainly stated, "The Kingdom of God is within you," but religion's teachers often mis-interpret those words into some misinterpreted statement, to support their flawed doctrines.
John 4:21 "...the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem worship the Father." John 4:23 "the hour is coming and now is when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him."
The phrase, "neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem" refers to the traditional, outward worship of a god that the Jewish national religion historically performed. Notice that in the second verse that we are to reverence God by seeking the truth through the Divine Spirit; and that can only come from within us, and the time to do so is now - today. It is not some day!
John 4:24 "...God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth."
In the above verse, Jesus clearly shows us who and how we must worship.Continued