[quote=jeffreedy789]as a former baptist, i would agree and disagree with you, mr catholic. may i call you bob?
You can call me BobCatholic, or BC or BobC or Bob
prots have a different idea of what worship IS than catholics do. this is why prots accuse caths of worshiping mary. the things that prots do when they’re worshiping God, alot of them are things that caths do when venerating mary. so they say we’re idolators.
I understand this fact. When I deal with protestants, I know they have defined the word differently than we do.
The problem is that idolatry is committed in the heart (as it says in the OT), not by external actions like praise and prayer.
however, i think that basically the argument here comes down to the word ‘worship’. you’re saying a sacrifice must be made for ‘worship’ to take place. this would, of course, mean that there was no such thing as worship before the jewish sacrificial system came along. but it’s arguable that there WASN’T worship then. however, i think it’s justifiable to say that praise and exaltation are forms of worship, less perfect than the Eucharist, but very holy and pleasing to God.
I agree that “praise and hymns” (in the right way of thinking) are forms of worship, but by no means are they the “pure offering” That Malachi was prophesizing.
Praise and hymns are worship, if the ones doing it, are doing it to the Supreme Being (God) acknowledging His Dominion, divinity, omnipotence, omniscence, creatorship, etc. Praise and hymns are NOT worship if we are doing it to lesser beings (like the saints) for we don’t think they’re God, or omniscent, divine, etc.
The problem is: protestants usualy don’t realize that distinction.