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Published on Oct 17, 2010
Portuguese subtitles: http://naphthalin.wordpress.com/ Slovak subtitles: Peter Ščigulinský Explaining the concept and addressing misconceptions. Some have commented that the Bible doesn't say "God needs worship". The Bible doesn't have to use those words - it /describes/ a god that needs worship: Yahweh commands us in Deuteronomy to worship and love it, explaining that the penalty for disobedience is destruction*. Biblical authors were writing at a time when people respected displays of raw power. Today we understand that commanding worship under threat of destruction is the negation of love, compassion, wisdom or serenity, and is instead evidence of instability, insecurity and megalomaniacal need. Failure to worship causes no one any conceivable genuine harm - especially to an omnipotent being - and its punishment is morally indefensible.
To those who'd claim that Yahweh commands worship "for our own good": if the alternative is destruction, then it is only "for our own good" in the way that that obeying a person with a gun pointed at your head is "for your own good". It amounts to no more than simple self-preservation under extreme duress.
*Those who'd object that the punishments in Deuteronomy don't apply to us today clearly refute the notion of eternal values. If people from the past deserved destruction for failing to worship and we don't, that's clear evidence of a shifting morality.