Thursday, August 04, 2011

Facebook Apologetics: Veneration vs. Worship, Pt. 6

In Part 6, we hear from "Terry" again. We first heard from him in Part 4 when he asked questions related to bowing down to someone or something. This time he has a general question about veneration.

For the previous installments in this debate, see Parts One -- Two -- Three -- Four -- Five.

Now, here is his question:

  • Is there any biblical examples of veneration in the new testament? When did such acts begin? My main issue would be that there is no cleae teaching of this in the bible.

You asked for examples of veneration in the NT. Now, veneration is giving honor (or you could say, respect) to another human being or thing. If you go back to my first comment in this thread, I listed 3 examples in the NT where such honor is commanded to be given.

There are other examples too. In Acts we read that the people held the apostles "in high honor" (5:12-13). In his letter to the Romans, Paul instructs us to "love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor" (2:10). He also tells us, of the Body of Christ, that, "those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part" (1 Cor 12:23-24). To Timothy he writes, "Honor widows who are real widows ... Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching" (1 Tim 5:3,17), and again, "Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be defamed" (1 Tim 6:1). Finally, he reminds us of the Ten Commandments when he tells the Ephesians, "Honor your father and mother" [this is the first commandment with a promise]" (6:2).

Since bowing down to someone or something and imitating the lives of the saints are aspects of veneration, the examples I provided in my 2nd and 3rd post would also work.

Pax Christi,

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