You made a good response.
Actually, I get it from the way people approach their "worship" to God himself. Beyond praying, which can be construed as "worship", what else is there? Devotion, respect, veneration, and praise in song. That's five out of five (Ave Maria?) given to Mary. Incidentally, I've never been a JW, but I have been a Catholic (we switched to an evangelical protestant church when I was in the third grade).
Yes, most anything I do with or toward God involves some level of worship and glory. But, let's break it down this way. When I sing, I can sing to God as praise and worship, or I can sing a song to my wife, or I can sing on TV as part of may career. So, is singing an act of worship simply because I also do it to God? Must I not sing about anything else or to anyone else? No, for it is the content of what is said in song, or prayer, or other act that determines whether it is worship. I do not tell a Saint that I worship him/her for creating me. Likewise, when I pray to God, I do not ask him to pray for me, as that would be nonsensical content when speaking to God. Therefore, asking a Saint to pray for me is not an act of worship to the Saint, it is rather recognition that I believe that the Saint is really in heaven, and is in a good position to speak on my behalf just as a good human would be to pray for me here on earth.
When I sing to God, I prase him and glorify him as creator, as our Father, as our savior. I would never sing to a human or Saint that way. I would never thank my own mother for granting me hope for everlasting life ... well, except for giving birth to me, and raising me in the faith, and literally in my case, she refused to abort me when the doctors told her to do so to save her own life ... but her Catholic stand against abortion would not permit her to do sucha thing ... so, in a limited way I suppose I can praise humans in word, prayer, and song. But, the highest praise and glory, the ultimate honor for everlasting life is reserved for God.
BTS, read and study the full history of the RCC, then we'll talk. Blessings........
I have read, studied, and understand the full history of the RCC. If I were judging Christianity based on conduct, I would have nothing to do with any of it. I studied Catholic history for years and year under the Dominicans. I studied it somewhat during my JW years, and I have restudied it all from the time of Christ down to the year 2008, and I am well aware of it. I assume you are referring to her serious sins, which I openly acknowledged in my opening of this thread. There is no perfect anything on this earth, save a few, such as the sinless Jesus Christ, and the preservation of the Faith by the Holy Spirit. The Baptists and other Protestant groups engaged in racism for hundreds of years, and one can find serious sins by Angelicans, Lutherans, Buddhists, Hindus, Daoists, Shintoists, Confucianists, Methodists, Pentecostals, atheists, agnostics, communists, capitalists, democrats and republicans and any group or person of any kind. ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. A checkered history of the Church is not denied, nor is it an issue, nor is it relevant to this post. This post is about correcting understanding, and dispelling myth held by many ex-JWs. Sin is no surprise. It is what Jesus died to pay for, and forgive. But he did not provide that we would become sinless upon becoming Christian. Instead, we receive a conditional justification, and we have the Church and Holy Spirit to help us walk in sanctification. How we perform and how God judges will be up to him. Were I to still believe in the teachings of the Watchtower, I would still be with them in spite of their sins, and they have many. I left the JWs, not because they sin, but because they refused to deal with the sin, and as I studied their history, and understood their fraud, I had a choices ... and those choices led me back to the only Church that has solid linkage to the Apostles, and any possibility to claim historic Apostolic authority. So, it is simply a matter of belief. Show me somthing better than Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, God the Father, and His Church, the Holy Catholic Church. Jim Whitney