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An artist's conception of Jesus Christ. He accepted worship from many people.
The Jehovah's Witnesses are among those who claim that the Bible does not teach that Jesus Christ was God, manifest in human form. Here are some of the many biblical problems with that erroneous view.
The Bible tells us:
As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Peter refused worship in light of the Law that said,
You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.
In Revelation 19:10, when the apostle John saw an angel, he said,
I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow-servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God.
Even the angel of the Lord refused to be worshipped.
However, here are many more verses showing that Jesus allowed Himself to be worshipped, simply because He was God "manifest in the flesh":
While he spoke these things to them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay your hand upon her, and she shall live
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth you are the Son of God
Then she came and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him
When they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted
He received their worship because He was…
…the image of the invisible God…
—Colossians 1:15) …God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory…
—1 Timothy 3:16, (emphasis added)
Author: Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications. Excerpted from The Evidence Bible. Web page Copyright © 2002, Living Waters Publications, All Rights Reserved - except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page that grants ChristianAnswers.Net users generous rights for putting this page to work in their homes, personal witnessing, churches and schools.
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