Adoration for Deity not Needed
The Best of Lowell L. Bennion, Selected Writings 1928-1988: pg. 79; “Christ was as humane and man-centered as any humanist in his concern for persons, but he also loved God and shared with him his love for man. And so my loyalty to persons includes man, every man, I hope, but also Deity—the Father and the Son. They too are persons. I don’t know that they need my direct adoration and affection, but it is my simple faith that they suffer when men suffer and rejoice when men have cause to rejoice. So in a modest way, but with all my heart, I would diminish their suffering and enhance their joy.”
Psalm 95:3-6; “For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
We’ll forego the topic that a man of God would use the word Humanist and Jesus in the same sentence as if to compare the two…sigh…
Let’s look at the bigger picture here.
Jesus wasn’t man-centered. Jesus’ focus and whole purpose for life was His adoration and focus upon God the Father.
God was not a person, rather a spirit as Jesus told the Samaritan woman in John 4:24.
God doesn’t need anything, let alone your adoration, however God commands us to worship Him exclusively. To believe it’s good enough to watch out for your fellow man is a lie and mimics the same sort of behavior we see all around us in society today; if I’m a good person I go to heaven.
Nothing could be more wrong.