since the last topic why did people bow before Ratzinger? was moved, let me change the topic to bowing before men. btw, i’m not trying to troll or start a fight. please don’t take it that way.
can someone provide examples of bowing for respect that isn’t worship? is there also an explanation for Acts 10:25-26?
Act 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped [him].
Act 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Rev 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard [them]. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Rev 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
worship is from proskuneo, proskuneo defined as…
- to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence
- among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence
- in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication
a) used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank
- to the Jewish high priests
- to God
- to Christ
- to heavenly beings
- to demons