I would say that a clearer understanding of our English word [worship] and it’s application through out Gods word, will help to determine weather worshiping Jesus is idolatry or not. Through out the Hebrew Scriptures, the word [shachah] is commonly used in reference to the act of worship which can be acted out in varying levels. The Hebrew word [shachah] can mean anything from stooping low in reverence to being flat out prostrate in the act of whole hearted worship. It was not uncommon in biblical culture for men of God to [shachah] another human [ie] It is said that Moses [worshiped/ bowed down] to his father in law. Jacob [bowed down] to Esau also Abigail got of her donkey and worshiped David. Would we conclude that these men/ women worshiped other men above The God = Tetragrammaton. One of the clearest instances in the o/t of another receiving [worship/ shachah] as well as The God is at 1 chron 29:20. The assembly bowed down and worshiped [both] God and the king, would we to believe that The King was equal to The God because of this act.
In the n/t the word commonly used as the act of worship is [proskuneo] and is very similar in meaning to the Hebrew word [shachah]. In Rev 3:9 the synagogue of Satan will be brought before Gods faithful And [bow/ proskuneo] at there feet.Are we to believe that the faithful are being worshiped by the wicked in the place of The God. Also at Rev 5 we have a similar account of worship as in 1 chro 29:20, were both The God and the lamb are given [proskuneo] Would we conclude that the lamb is The God himself any more than the King at 1 chronicles 29: 20 was. I would reason that any other act of [proskuneo] Were the son of God is concerned, through out the n/t, is not an act of worshiping the son as The God himself, but rather an act that shows complete reverence to the son for being the very son [of] God [ie] Matt 28;9 and it is for this very reason, I believe Christ never refused [proskuneo] not because he himself was The God.
I do understand that there are also verses that seem to contradict the above [ie] Acts 10:25-26. + Rev 19:10. I don’t believe they necessarily have to cause contradiction.For example in peters case with Cornelius -Cornelius obviously perceived in his heart that Peter was worthy of reverence, but peter in his own heart didn’t think it appropriate, Peter didn’t scold him for idolatry, he just merely says I am but a man just like you. This is no more than Peter expressing the attitude, that Christ taught him to have in his heart. Peter was there to serve and not be served, the exact same attitude as Christ displayed in the act of feet washing…Maybe this Is the reason why Peter and Paul encouraged the church to greet each other with a holy kiss, [ie] treating every one with in the body as equal without distinction. I’m sure peter and Paul wasn’t promoting endless needles kissing out of duty., it would seem that it was upon greeting after a long absence.
Concerning the act of Angel worship
We seem to have two conflicting occurrences. We have Gen 19:1 were lot
[sachah / bowed down before ] two angels without correction, and Rev 19: 10, 22: 8-9. Were Jhon falls down to [ proskuneo /
Worship] the angel and is told not to do this, he is to worship God and only God.
In my assumption and it is only an assumption, maybe Lots act of worship was out of reverence / respect for Gods messengers and Jhon’s act was in complete contrast to Lots by over stepping the mark, as i understand [sahacha and proskuneo] to have varying degrees of application.
What’s more important to understand is what Christ the son of God taught us.The son of God said he himself has a God and Father. Jhon 17:20 The son says his father and God is the [only] true God. Jhon 17:3 And we are [commanded] to love the sons father and God, who also is our father and God with all our might, above and beyond all else that is to be loved. Which includes ones ultimate heart felt worship above all else that is worshiped Mark 12:29 + Matt 4:10.
There are other accounts through out Gods word we’re persons of God are bowing down to beings other than The God [ie] Gen 23:7, 42:6… This act was also a custom especially when higher beings of authority were present. It would seem to be that there are acts of worship that The God allows with in his perimeters Hebrews 1:6. And acts that are out side of that perimeter Exa 20:3…Seeing the son is king and The son of the most high [ie] royalty, he has been [given] all power and authority and rule, yes every knee will bow and confess that Christ is Lord [BUT] it is [all] to the glory of his God and father Philip 2:10. We are to honour/ value the son, as we honour/ value the father. But worship that’s above [all] else, is only reserved for The God=Tetragrammaton.
Worshiping the son as “THE” God, in my opinion is in direct disobedience, to what he himself taught us. In my opinion the worship of the son as “THE” God himself would amount to idolatry.
Now I am not saying there isn’t good rebuttels to my views,of course there is. This is Just my opinion and one I will be personally accountable for just like we all will.