Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The word ‘WORSHIP’

The Chief Magistrate, Judge Derek Price, has convicted "your worship" for the crime of redundancy and sentenced it to exile. From today, all 150 NSW magistrates, like their brother and sister judges, will be addressed as "your honour" in the state's 160 local courts. "The address 'your worship' is antiquated and creates confusion with the titles of other judicial officers," Judge Price said in his practice direction, which will apply to all courts in which magistrates preside. "The change in court form of address is intended to promote uniformity between jurisdictions in NSW, to remove confusion for members of the public and to recognize the judicial office of magistrates." …. Also, there had been a few complaints on religious grounds about the reference to worship, he said. (excerpt from Australian News)

Worship no more, your honour will suffice
By Debra Jopson
May 3, 2004

The word ‘WORSHIP’
By c.pio

Here we go again. In order to support the ‘Pigment of their imagination’ against the Catholic Church, one member of Iglesia ni Cristo – 1914 posted a classic Catholic book entitled Catechism of Christian Doctrine No. 3 

Accordingly, this is hard evidence how the Church teaches the faithful to worship the Image (Idol Worshipper) contrary to what I said. He even tried to appeal to the public that they only presenting the real truth about Catholicism.


The Real Truth – the word ‘WORSHIP’

MANDELA: Your Worship, before I plead to the charge, there are one or two points I would like to raise.
Nelson Mandela's First Court Statement – 1962
Excerpt taken from United Nation official website http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/court_statement_1962.shtml

Nelson Mandela… one of my favorite Icon of Democracy, a South African leader who led his fellow countrymen to end the Apartheid (Racial Discrimination) but the question is, did he adore the magistrate since his tone of addressing it is your Worship?

This is another big mistake made by an INC-1914 Warrior. Not because the word is WORSHIP, we must conclude in one exclusive, absolute and strict sense of:  to adore (ADORATION), or an act goes to God and to God alone in acknowledgment of His supreme perfection and dominion. In English Classic, the word ‘Worship’ also denotes to honor (VENERATION) an act of recognition given to the created person. A recognition mentioned by Paul in his epistle:

[Roman 13:7] "Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due”.

Another good example of how the word ‘Worship’ was used interchangeably can be read in
1 Chronicles 29:20-21:

20And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.
21And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings unto the LORD, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.

Here we can see how the word ‘Worship’ was given to both the Lord (God) and the King, but if we continue to read on, it is apparent that only God is offered sacrifice…  Only God is adored.

Jesus replied, "The Scriptures say, 'You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.' [Matt. 4:10]

but the word ‘worship’ for the King was only an honor stated on [Roman 13:7]

WORSHIP: Veneration as distinct from Adoration

Adoration, which is known as latria in classical theology, is the worship and homage that is rightly offered to God alone. It is the acknowledgement of excellence and perfection of an uncreated, divine person. It is the worship of the Creator that God alone deserves. Veneration, known as dulia in classical theology, is the honor due to the excellence of a created person. This refers to the excellence exhibited by the created being who likewise deserves recognition and honor.

…Here a further clarification should be made regarding the use of the term "worship" in relation to the categories of adoration and veneration. Some schools of theology use the term "worship" to introduce both adoration and veneration. They would distinguish between "worship of adoration" and "worship of veneration." The word "worship" (in the same way the theological term "cult" is traditionally used) in these classical definitions was not at all synonymous with adoration, but could be used to introduce either adoration or veneration. Hence Catholic writers will sometimes use the term "worship" not to indicate adoration, but only the worship of veneration given to Mary and the saints.  [Mark Miravalle, S.T.D, What is Devotion to Mary?]

So let us compare Catechism of Christian Doctrine No. 4 to No. 3 [as posted by INC-1914] the author uses the word ‘Veneration’ not ‘Worship’ knowing that No. 4 was first publish prior to No. 3.

But how sure that Catechism No.3 refers only to Honor and not to Adore? Aside from the fact that we don’t adore anyone except God alone, read the answer for question number 15, we should pay them due honor and veneration; the author was indeed referring to veneration not adoration.

What about question number 13 why do we have to honor their images and relics? “For the honor rendered to the image goes to its prototype, and the person who venerates an Icon venerates the person represented in it.” [Seventh Ecumenical Synod] http://catholicpoint.blogspot.com/2012/03/statues-and-images.html

Verily, Nelson Mandela did not mean to adore … he only honor the Magistrate.

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