Do Christians worship God or Jesus, the son of God? My Catholic priest pal tells me he worships Jesus, not God. What is the difference?
The quick answer is yes. Christians worship God the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Trinity, that there are three Persons who contain the same divine substance, and are therefore God. Full worship of God includes worshiping the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Throughout Scripture you see these three divine Persons shelling up and being part of the redemptive process. But the substance that makes God the Father divine and Jesus divine and the Spirit divine is all the same.
No one can truly and completely define and explain the Trinity. It is one of those things about God that our finite minds cannot fully comprehend. But because we see God in three Persons throughout the Bible, we worship him for who he is.
We can worship and praise God as a divine Godhead, addressing all three Persons as one or we can focus on one of the three Persons. None of this violates the worship and praise of God. We can pray to all three members of the Trinity as one in general, or we can pray to specific Persons. God accepts our worship, praise, and prayer and it pleases him.