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This German Reporter Spent Time With ISIS…And Lived To Tell About It

This German Reporter Spent Time With ISIS…And Lived To Tell About It

Huffington Post article which shows the intensity of the religious war we have stumbled into.

Virus or no virus, we still have radical Islam to worry us internationally.

What it Means “to Honor Your Father and Mother”

To some ethnic groups the idea of reverence and submission to one’s elders is basic to society. In China elders even have the right to demand a child marry, and often to whomever they chose. Parents also expect the new couple to take care of the son’s father and mother in their old age, but not the mother’s family. This has led to the abortion of girls. To counter this the Chinese communist bureaucracy allows those couples who have a girl initially to conceive a boy for a second child to guarantee them a pension.

Other societies are equally demanding; Hispanic groups still exert some influence on family choice. I saw many a foreign-born mothers taking over where she did not have Yahweh’s lawful authority. Yahweh’s command to Adam and Eve was the man is to leave father and mother and cleave to the wife to create a new home. (Genesis 2:24) The parents’ authority is over.

Having parents select a mate all seems so old-fashioned to Americans who have actually taken personal choice to wild extremes, and the number of divorces should reflect that quickly.

Chinese anchor babies

This accounts for some immigrants to the USA immigrating to allow personal choices outside of employment or political freedom. Many Chinese mothers live in San Francisco hotels to have a baby in America to permit the child to claim American citizenship.

The ancient Hebrew Bible, known the world over as Yahweh’s word to mankind, gave 10 commandments. The fifth of these was to “honor one’s father and mother.”

One Commandment has a promise

But Yahweh doesn’t leave it there. He says there is a promise attached saying “In order that your days (not the parent’s days) may be long in the land I have given you.” Hebrews, like most tribes of people, prefer to stay in their own land rather than be relegated to a nation that may not appreciate them.  Notice that your parents are not guaranteed a long life – you are.  Notice that a long life is not guaranteed in a foreign land, only Israel.  No wonder thousands have returned to that homeland since 1948.

Honor is not love

That leaves us to examine the tricky word “honor.” To Americans it tends to mean respect, even deference, maybe also obedience. And on this word many fail to take heed. Bad parents abound, living in addictions, violence, crime, giving out unreasonable punishment, and unable to control their emotions or tempers. And you will hear children from these homes tell you that honor when defined as respect or even love is something they cannot provide.

But the word honor is not respect, not deference, not love or like, and if it involves drinking or drugs, not obedience either. At this point we need to understand why Yahweh chose the word “honor.”

Honor’s old-time meaning referred to money or care.

We hear it occasionally in the word “honorarium” to indicate a fee paid to a distinguished speaker, or to the person who wins a major award such as the Nobel Prize.

Honor means financial support. The children are to care for their parents in their old age. This promise also generates long life for them as well. It does not mean the sexually abused child must love; that might come from the in-working of the Holy Spirit. But the child can take care, or see that others take care of an aged parent.

Children have an obligation to accept people as they are, and that includes parents. But this is not an acceptance or rejection for performance. The parents’ performance is not the issue. The issue is Yahweh’s blessing for you.

If your parent has failed in life, you do not need to approve. If that parent tried to kill you or make life a terror for you, lied about you or threw you out into the cold to make your own way, you are not expected to have warm feelings about them. You are only expected to see that they are not wards of the State.

Yahweh in His mercy can help you actually love them, but that is not honor, it is not in the law, and it is not expected. Acceptance is part of your growth, not theirs.

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Can You Handle Rejection?

One of the ways we know the Bible is being misinterpreted is when the theologians (and others) blame God for what is going on, or in the case of poor Cain and Abel, insist that one is saved by “good works” or simply, saved by works, period. cainandabel753812_960_720 St. Paul spent a good deal of time on this topic, even going so far as to say that those who return to a works-salvation are placing themselves under a curse. (Galatians 3:10-13) No, it is not about nature of the gifts – the grain or the animal; these are natural beings.  As always it is about the heart of man.

The story of these two brothers comes early in Genesis because the rest of history will be about wars between brothers, and then non-brothers and on and on.  God expects from all of us a portion of our “increase” that is the Biblical word, to honor Him as the generous God making all of life possible and profitable.  Abel brought a present from his flock, but Cain was a farmer and brought some grain. (Genesis 4:1-16)

The redactors might have us believe that it was all because God expected a blood sacrifice not a loaf of bread.  But that does not match the holy book. God has instructed us to bring of our first fruits.  Apparently Cain has no animal stock.  and as a farmer he brought the best of that. There is no record that God condemned the offering from the field. In fact later on we read of a bread offering under the Law.

And Cain was rejected.  No, God is not pulling a fast one here.  He has not indicated that some form of gift is preferable to another.  I would remind those of you reading this now that you may be an artist, or a housewife, or a parent, or an office worker.  What you bring to the Lord’s table is the best job that you can do for your employer and for yourself.  Can you say to God – this is the very best that I can do?  I sometimes wonder about people whose only gift to the church is some old clothes for the poor.  Gee, thanks. The Bible says the poor need money not clothing,  But that is for another day.

Genesis is full of tests.

 First Adam and Eve get sidetracked.  Now these two brothers have a test.  Will Abel gloat over his brother and say, “Nah Nah” God accepted my gift and not yours?  Will Cain realize that his reaction to being rejected is on trial here?

I’ve had many successes in life but I learned lots more from my failures. I’ve been severely rejected a dozen times, all very painful and sometimes very costly.  I’ve been lied about and slandered.  One man even traveled to the West Coast to assure someone that I was a liar because the donor had $38,000 for him.  God remembers this by the way.  He will repay.

But back to Cain.  Here is his chance to examine what happened.  He muses, “Did I do something wrong, or did I just not check thoroughly on what God wanted?  Is this a test of my believing God?”

Jealousy is the rage of a man. 

Look around you.  Is not a lot of politics “murdering” another – their reputation, their home, their finances – in order to win public applause and recognition? Dan Rather allowed bitterness to lead him into revenge which backfired and he was forced to retire. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/the-time-george-h-w-bush-stuck-it-to-dan-rather-on-live-television

Cain failed the test

The Bible says Cain failed this test.  Instead of realizing this was his test, he believed it was a competition with Abel.  No, God does not set up competitions between his people.  We compete against ourselves. Paul speaks of going for a prize, but not against another person, but against his own call from God.  Cain looked at his situation in envy and bitterness.  The Bible says we are not to allow a root of bitterness, revenge and blame to arise among us.  (Hebrews 12:15) But this happened and he murdered his brother.

Do you know what is inside?

The test is not about showing God what you are made of.  He already knows, but do you? Cain learned something about himself and reacted – badly.  Did he learn?  Apparently not.

He failed the Reaction Test. His lesson can be ours.  We look at the Bible and think all our tests are what we do or fail to do – our actions.  But God wants our reactions to be holy as well. What is yours?

This will link you up with Rabbic teaching on this topic. 

https://findingourselvesinbiblicalnarratives.net/2016/10/09/what-god-is-and-what-god-is-not/

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