Thursday, January 30, 2020

Who Cares If My Parent Has Moral Authority / Responsibility Over Me?

I was thinking of how a mother, who is head of her household that she created by stealing from her ex-husband's household can explain to their rebellious children why they should be obeying her commands instead of their fathers'. (Divorce situation with joint-custody).

By what means can she claim that a household that she created illegitimately suddenly be given moral authority over the original household lead by their father? It is perversion of God's original design and direct rebellion. But, taking a step back and thinking about it, without all the finger pointing, comes the practical realities.

Since when have people been obeying simply because they read one or two Bible verses in the Bible?

It's usually those in the place of Power and Control that try to use Bible verses to support their position of power. And then when someone finally determines "they've had enough" they find their own Bible verses to justify their rebellion. Both sides will have "Pastors" on their interpretation. Especially bloggers.

I don't even mean this specifically between children and their parents. With teenagers, they are definitely not choosing to submit to their respective parent based on a strong devotion to God and love of Bible verses. They do it because it is in their own self-interest based on how strong their relationship is with their respective parent. They will only use the Bible verses of Male authority to justify their rebellion against their mother AFTER they had already determined to side with their father.

This also applies to the great rebellion that started the Protestant Reformation. Who is Martin Luther to suddenly be able to declare "Sola Scriptura?" He was not one of the original apostles given moral authority by God to make such a declaration. An argument could be made that Peter (the first Pope?) were alive today, he'd be aghast at the chaos that exists today in churches throughout the world.

Even the dispute between Paul and Peter over circumcision almost split the church. It was only by giving a vision by God that the situation was resolved. Could you imagine what would've happened if God did not intervene? We'd probably be split between Jewish-Christians and Gentile-Christians. Each side would have justification to believe the other side is in rebellion against God's design.

The question of who has legitimate Moral Authority is repeated over and over.

Two people can read the exact same Bible section and come to literally opposite conclusions. Or they can find a different Bible verse to counter the other. There are many such paradoxes in Scripture that could simply be just a matter of emphasis.

They both believe the other person is sinning and needs to repent! How can you have reconciliation when the other side thinks it should be the other person asking for forgiveness? They both believe the other person is being unrepentant and living in continual sin in rebellion against God.

Christians have killed each other for questions like this.

So why would I assume that a question like mine would ever be resolved or answered by a non-existent moral authority?

The best I can do is try to write out my reasoning, but in the end, who cares?

It doesn't change anyone's mind. It's as though no one had written anything.

But at least it brings clarity to the questions that arise and helps get down to the root of the disagreements. It helps you research further the history behind the conflicts that you are having. It helps bring perspective.

It helps you to eventually let it go because you realize there are will be no answers in this lifetime.

It helps you realize that, in the end, you will have to turn to God to be the one, true Judge, and that every knee will bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus is Lord. It helps you realize some questions can only be answered when we see God face-to-face.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
And what if everything could be figured and judged perfectly in unison here on Earth?

What need of God would we have then?

The chaos of  the Earth groans for the Savior to come again.

Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

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