1. Mainstream Christians do not worship the Essence of God itself (may be because it is too impersonal and impossible to grasp for creature), but as it is eternally manifested in the Trinity.
  2. Even with regard to the Trinity, mainstream Christians worship mainly the second person - Logos - rather than person of God, the father - the source of everything. Example: there are a lot of churches dedicated to Jesus, Mary, saints, but not even one, dedicated to God the Father.
  3. 'Folk Christianity' goes further, practicing worship to local saints, artifacts, practicing old local custom, some of which are from the pre-Christian periods etc.
  4. Can we say that slipping into semi-idolatry starts (and is caused) from not worshiping the Essence of God, or, at least the hypostase of God the Father in Trinity?
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    You can see History of Christianity and Cult of the Saints : religions, and beliefs and rituals are social phenomena; thus, they change over timeand are affected by many factors. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Oct 16 '18 at 7:51
  • The answer would fill a hefty volume, and requires delving into the anthropology, sociology, politics, and psychology of organized religion. I believe the core element in all idolatry (of every variety, not just the Christian) is an OCD addiction to ritual, which is exploited by the State as a means to control the masses. Regarding the Holy Roman Empire, this textbook: amazon.com/Rise-First-Reich-Germany-Century/dp/0471396117 Regarding the politics of religion, the function of ritual, etc. academic.oup.com/socrel/article-abstract/30/1/54/… – Bread Oct 16 '18 at 11:05
  • I'd say yes to your question. It could even be argued that the Western Christian form of worship is idolatrous regardless of its object because it objectifies. Worship can take various forms, however, so it is difficult to generalise. – user20253 Oct 16 '18 at 13:08
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    Religions are sustained usually upon old books, which contain multiple contradictions. If the "principle of explosion" (see Wikipedia) is applied on such texts, absolutely any possibility is valid. That's the reason for which religions are highly incoherent, and religious leaders can obtain any conclusion, usually causing this kind of curiosities. In another comment of mine, which was deleted, I've stated that religions are not defined by logic. Don't try to find logic on it, even war and killing is justified in religions due to the exposed reason. – RodolfoAP Oct 16 '18 at 15:32
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    Worship and idolatry are theological notions, and what is or is not idolatry is subject to religious judgment, so the question is better suited for Christianity SE. – Conifold Oct 17 '18 at 0:08

In a trial at the house of the high priest in Jerusalem, the gospel of Mark says:

Then the high priest stood up . . . and asked Jesus, . . . ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’

‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’

The high priest tore his clothes. . . . ‘You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?’ They all condemned him as worthy of death.

Mark 14:60-64 NIV

At the last supper, the gospel of John says:

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me?"

John 14:8-10a NIV

And in the gospel of Matthew we read that two women had gone to Jesus' tomb, where they were informed that Jesus had resurrected. So...

...the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

John 28:8-10 NIV

I think that if there were an error to worshiping Jesus, that the women at John 28 would have heard about it.

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