Is worshipping God before the throne of God, the crudest form of idol worship?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple." (7:15.)
C. Is not this the crudest form of Idolatry? Does not it show that the Biblical God is localized and embodied like a man? It seems that the Christian God does not at all sleep during the night because had it not bee so, He would not have been worshipped during the night, or if He did sleep His sleep must have been very much disturbed during the night but if he worked day and night He must be very miserable and afflicted with diverse diseases.
Answer: Maharishi still fails to explain why worshipping the LORD God face to face is idol worship. The fulfillment of life is to be in the presence of Almighty Loving God our Redeemer and worship Him face to face. The Holy Bible clearly says we shall see the LORD Jesus our God face to face and worship Him.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
As for the phrase day and night, it is elsewhere used in the Holy Bible to denote continuous and uninterrupted service.
In the book of Jeremiah, it was given in connection to a punishment. Jeremiah 16:13 Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.'
In contrast, in the book of Revelation, it comes as a reward for those who are washed by the blood of the lamb.
In fact, as we see in Revelation 22:5, there is no literal day and night in the heaven. As for the slumber of God, the Holy Bible makes it crystal clear that there God never slumbers nor sleeps.
Psalms 121: 4-6 “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD [is] your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
Therefore the questions of Maharishi are unwarranted and are based on fallacious assumptions.