“Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship…” Col. 2:23
What was the original form of church worship? The little bit we know about it is mainly through speculation, and we have been trying our best to imitate what we consider the way the early Christians worshipped. We may get some of it right, but to duplicate it in its entirety is an impossibility.
Why does it even matter anyway? There is no doubt that their worship must have included the elements of prayer, singing, homilies, and the Eucharist, and whatever beyond these is anyone’s guess.
The inner spirit of worship is obviously far more important than the outward forms expressed during the process. Indeed, what’s more important than anything is we must worship in spirit and in truth.
Whom we worship primarily determines the effectiveness and validity of our worship. No matter how sincere and devout we may appear to be, our worship will remain ineffective, an affront to the true God even, if we fail to worship according to the truth with our spirit within.
Whether we have faith or not, and we may not fully aware of it, the way we lead our lives is a form of worship. The ones who don’t believe in the existence of any deity are actually self-worshippers. Someone must take the place of God, so why not we ourselves? Why, then, are we even amazed by the fact that many atheists are rather arrogant and self-centered? People must place themselves under someone far greater than themselves to be truly humble.
It’s rather prideful for people to create a set of regulations and rules by which to govern themselves, isn’t it? By the same token, if there is no deity in the universe, meaning must be self-created and self-generated; therefore, to lead a meaningful life is a training-on-the -job of sorts and it becomes necessary for atheists to justify their every move.
“Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship…” Isn’t this really so? The way people conduct their lives may appear to be wise, and their self-imposed “worship”, which is the lifestyle they choose to lead, may look rather plausible and pleasing, yet it’s merely an empty shell, signifying nothing but their wishful thinking and ignorance.
Unless we go back to the origin of worship, not the form but the substance, I have no idea where we can turn to locate the essence and meaning of our lives. If Christian orthodoxy no longer exists, to whom shall we turn to sustain our lives and make living a worthy endeavor?