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"Ye Do Worship the True and Living God," Alma 7:6

In verse 6, the people of Gideon are found not in a state of unbelief. Rather they did believe in and follow the teachings of the true and living God. I want to say that they did worship, but I don't know if I understand or hold in reverence what it truly means to worship God.
Yea, I trust that you do not worship idols, but that ye do worship the true and the living God...
 What is the difference between worshiping idols and worshiping the true and living God? Idol worship requires no changes to the inner, carnal man. It allows man to continue as he was in his sins. To worship the true and living God requires a change of heart, and a perpetual, continue effort to turn more towards God.

...but that ye do worship the true and the living God, and that ye look forward for the remission of your sins, with an everlasting faith, which is to come.
When I worship, I am not just giving reverence and blind patronage to some Being who hold his all powerful staff over me to hold me in subjection to his will. No, rather I worship a divine Being by choosing to subject my will to the evolving, changing, purifying process of repentance. In other words, I worship by the act of actually becoming more like the Holy Father.

I feel that it was the same for the people of Gideon. Their worship had prepared them for the message that Alma would bring them.


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