The Dilemma of Worship

This question occurred to me recently: If God exists, would we have an obligation to worship such a being? Most, if not all, religious persons would say ‘yes.’ However, I’m not sure this answer is obvious. Define ‘God’ as ‘a being worthy of worship.’ We could further elaborate what ‘worthy of worship’ entails by invoking the Anselmian conception of God as a being with every conceivable perfection. However, it seems to me that it’s plausibly true that such a being would have neither need of nor desire for human worship. It seems that a being with every conceivable perfection — a being that lacked nothing — would have no need of human adoration. Furthermore, a morally perfect being would not desire human worship. A morally perfect being lacks a petty, human-like ego that would need to be stroked by worshipers. So the dilemma here is that the only being worthy of worship is also the sort of being that would neither need nor desire to be worshiped. Granted, we might still feel that we have an obligation to worship such a being due to its greatness relative to us. But if such a being neither needs nor desires our worship, and thus, doesn’t command us to worship it, do we have such an obligation? Any thoughts?

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