Thus Abram "fell flat on his face" before the Lord ( Genesis 17:3 ).This was clearly an act of adoration in its highest sense; yet that it could have other meaning, we know from, e.g., 1 Samuel , which says that David adored "falling on his face to the ground" before Jonathan, who had come to warn him of Saul's hatred.
Moreover, it would do religious grievous harm to check its tendency to outward manifestation, since the external expression reacts upon the interior sentiment, quickening, strengthening, and sustaining it.I would suggest this number is deflated because of the social stigma attached to men who don’t want sex as much as their wives. You can’t just ask people if they are refused, because some people will say they are refused while they’re having sex more than seven times a week (which by the way only 3% of respondents are, but 50% of those who are have been married 25 years, so kudos, you’ve earned it! So, here is the logic I used to determine if someone is being refused: Then, you might be a refused spouse.49% of them have higher sex drives than their husbands, with an additional 20% matching their husbands, giving an astounding 69% of wives have higher drives than their husbands. Now, you may agree or disagree with my criteria, but that’s what I have.There are husbands staying up late at night hoping their wife will fall asleep before they get to bed. My sisters in Christ who are dealing with this are hurting, they are suffering, and for the most part, they are suffering in silence, because in the words of one such wife who contacted me: What does that say about me, that [my husband] doesn’t want to have sex with me? Everywhere I look, every lesson on sex or article , tells me that men want and need sex. I know there are things like their husband needs to lose weight, get his testosterone levels checked, he needs to follow the same scriptures about refusal that we give to wives, but it’s harder in these cases.Because the wives have this shame that their husband doesn’t want to be with them, and the husbands generally don’t want to acknowledge the issue, let alone deal with, because they have their own stigma.Which leaves us with 36% of wives having high drives. According to my respondents, we’re sitting at around 22% of men are being refused by their wives. How many married couples are there in your local church?
This is nowhere near the belief we’ve been fed that sex dies after marriage. If there are 50, chances are about 5 of those women are crying themselves to sleep at night because their husband doesn’t want to have sex with them.
This worship called forth by God, and given exclusively to Him as God, is designated by the Greek name latreia (latinized, latria ), for which the best translation that our language affords is the word Adoration.
Adoration differs from other acts of worship, such as supplication, confession of sin, etc., inasmuch as it formally consists in self-abasement before the Infinite, and in devout recognition of His transcendent excellence.
Of these actions, one has pre-eminently and exclusivly signified adoration, and that is sacrifice.
Other acts have been widely used for the same purpose, but most of them -- sacrifice always excepted -- have not been exclusively reserved for Divine worship; they have also been employed to manifest friendship, or reverence for high personages.
As St Thomas teaches: "it is connatural for us to pass from the physical signs to the spiritual basis upon which they rest" (Summa II-II:48:2).