This interesting, yet blasphemous footnote in the ASV shows us the mind, heart, and spirit behind the modern versions. Here are some verses where this footnote occurs:
Acts 10:25-26 (ASV) And when it came to pass that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter raised him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Luke 4:6-7 (ASV) And the devil said unto him, to thee will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it hath been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, it shall all be thine.
In six places like these where someone tries to worship the baby Jesus (Matt 2:2) which bothers no one, as we observe at Christmas time, an angel, an apostle, or the devil, the ASV footnote reads:
“The Greek word denotes an act of reverence, whether paid to a creature or to the Creator.”
That’s fine, but what do we see when we get to a verse that IS about worshipping Jesus Christ? We get a similar footnote with one small, but unbelievable difference:
John 9:38 (ASV) And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
“The Greek word denotes an act of reverence, whether paid to a creature (as here) or to the Creator.”
CREATURE AS HERE?! So the verses about worshipping Peter, an angel, or the devil could be “a creature or the Creator”, but the one verse about worshipping Jesus Christ is worshipping a CREATURE?
Can the blasphemy get any worse than that?