I want to thank the participants of this and the other threads for dealing lucidly (for the most part), with what can be a murky and sticky issue. I suspect that the issue of bowing (specifically to photos in what appears to be a shrine), may be something that is characteristic of people who have strong, heartfelt convictions in formal monotheistic (Judeo/Christian/Islamic), belief systems in general. I suspect that polytheises (sp?) and those whose belief system is not a core of their being, would have less trouble in this area. This is not intended as a put down...merely speculation in an attempt to understand, not divide, others.
Overall I've benefited and been encouraged by these posts. I am disappointed that some may view myself, and others who have questions and alternate oppinions on bowing (specifically to photos in what appears to be a shrine), as being closed/narrow minded and immature. Having convictions worth standing for sometimes means being on the other side. Hopefully, with time, understanding and acceptance will grow. Please don't hold it against me, or take it as an attack against you, when for the sake of others and the sake of friendship, I don't conform in all things. I will always grant respect...but I have no desire to do things that would cause others to stumble, or to offend to my friend...especially when that friend is God.
For my tastes, portions of this discussion has gotten further from my intent than I care. My issue for worship, and appearance of worship, has been addressed. Hopefully, Jessica's has been addressed as well. If anyone has any questions of me, or advice for me, please feel free to continue this via private email (RickLiebespach@BigFoot.com
). At this point I'd rather learn than to stir up.