I am raised Roman Catholic and growing up I of course learned that worshipping different gods and deities was a sin.
As I'm growing up and learning about different religions and the Gods that people have, the more curious and excited I get. I have two questions that kind of go hand and hand. The first one is:
Is it OK for us to address different gods and call them by their names?, and
What do we count as worship?
For example, does thanking them or talking to them count as worshiping them?
I don't mean to pray or worship them; I just end up acknowledging their presence and such.
For example: Thanking the gods, like:
Thanks for the rain, Zeus
Looking good, Selene.
(both those mentioned are Greek gods)
Is it OK for us to address various gods, calling them by their names and can I acknowledge them? }
Thank you for the question.
You cannot thank any godbut the One, True God of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Anything else is idolatry and is a mortal sin. Having any kind of association with other deities is really opening up to the demonic and you lose the protection of God because you will have broken the First (1st) and most important Commandment.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. (Exodus 20:2-5; cf. Deuteronomy 5:6-9)
It is written: "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve." (Matthew 4:10)
Check out the First letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians 10:18ff, where Paul tells the Corinthians food eaten that is offered to idols is really being offered to demons.
False gods are really demons so don't go there.
Oh, OK —
I'll be sure to never do that again.
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