Why do you guys worship Jesus as a god when it is very clear that God sent Jesus to us tho show us His way that we may be as the one He sent?
Because the claims scripture make about Jesus are identical to and synonymous with what scripture claims about God. Either the scriptures themselves are heretical or they are true and valid. The same applies to Jesus' own words. He made claims about himself and his identity, not merely his attributes or actions, that are identical with claims God made about himself. This problem was recognized by the Jewish leaders of his day on every occasion when he was deemed to make himself equal to God. Either Jesus was correct or his critics were correct. Either he was a heretic or he was not. He was either blaspheming or he wasn't. Critics of Christ's divinity seek an explicit statement in which Jesus openly states he is God and does so in such a manner that removes all question. There is a refusal of any and all logical necessity and in many cases a reluctance to read scripture as written. An obvious example of that is the opening statement in John 1:1. Supposedly John didn't mean the logos was literally God. We're not supposed to read that exactly as written, we're supposed to read that through an unstated context that makes the sentence means something other than what it literally states. This too is why us guys worship Jesus as God.
If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then it's probably a duck. Jesus claimed to look like God, smell like God, walk like God, and quack like God. He did not merely claim to be something other than a duck acting like a duck.
So we worship him according to his own teaching.
However, I will add something that isn't often considered in discussions of Christ's divinity and the worship thereof. There are different forms of worship. Even in worshipping Jesus there is a distinction between the worship of the Father that is God and the Son that is God. This is observable on every occasion in which Jesus acts to bring his Father glory. One notable example of this is Philippians 2. There it is written every
knee will bow and confess Jesus as Lord. That will be an act of worship. In other words, every single creature (not merely humans) will bow down, not merely at the waist, but at the knee, and acknowledge Jesus as Lord over themselves. If he is Lord of all
then he is Lord of those bowing. That is a form of worship. The Christian already worships Jesus as Lord and will not need to wait for that day when all others do so, BUT the Christian ALSO worships Jesus as Savior. We worship Jesus as both Lord and
Savior. Those who do not know Jesus as the one who saves them from sin and wrath will still have to bow and acknowledge him as Lord. A day will come, according to Philippians 2, when all will do so. They'll acknowledge him as Lord, but there's no mention of them acknowledging him as Savior. Lord but not Savior. Both are forms of worship.
To what end?
According to the Philippians 2 text, all those knees are bowed in worship of Christ as Lord to the glory of the Father!
In other words, the worship of Christ is not exclusive of worship of God. This would ordinarily be irreconcilable because of the dichotomy between worshiping one god versus worshiping another. This is something scripture otherwise speaks quite decisively against. When it comes to the worship of Christ this turns out to be a false dichotomy according to God's own word! The worship of other gods is idolatry, but the worship of the Son glorifies the Father. Arguing an opposition where none occurs is a false dichotomy. In the end every knee will bow and every tongue confess Jesus as Lord to the glory of the Father.
The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
It's a curious verse because the LORD works in service of the Lord instead of the other way around.
.....to us tho show us His way that we may be as the one He sent?
I will suggest some clarification or sorting out of that statement is in order because we're not Jesus and scripture never says we're Jesus. There is only one Christ. That word "Christ" or "Messiah" means "anointed one," and anyone can be anointed by God. In that
sense of the term, anyone can be an
anointed one, but not THE anointed one. There is only one "the
" anointed one, even if there other "an
" anointed ones. Jesus is THE one, and not merely the one for a period of time or a particular place. Jesus is the anointed one for all time in all areas and all circumstances. Our being like
him does not make us him.
Furthermore, his coming to show us how to be "as" the one God sent is not the only reason he came, nor is his example the only means we have of being like him. In other words, a mistake would be made to think the only way we are "as the one" is by his showing. Logically speaking, an error of construction is committed whenever one part is made to be the whole.
You might also want to parse out the "we may be as the one
" because that "we may be
" part is not something we
do. We are made
like him, and that making is not merely through the influence of his example and our choices applied to our actions. That would be a woefully incomplete and therefore inadequate understanding of Christianity and what it means to be "Christlike." The assertion of scripture is that God literally comes into us in the form of His Holy (Separate and Sacred) Spirit and works within us to accomplish His purposes in our being, in our life, and those purposes are not limited to simply and solely making us like His son.
There is only one monogenes sarx egenetos (single-source made flesh) Son. All others are adopted sons (and daughters). This too is one of the reasons Jesus is worshiped as God.