Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother

@Arkie69 (2156)
United States
September 4, 2008 10:57am CST
Jesus made the statement 3 times we were to honour our Father and Mother. Matthew 19, 19, Mark 7,10, Luke 18,20. He speaks of our Father very often. Who is the Father and Mother Jesus speaks of? Do you believe Jesus would do something He tells us not to do? I don't believe He would. This brings me to believe Jesus was not talking about Mom and Dad. Read Matthew 23,9. Here Jesus tells us to not call any man on this earth Father. I believe the Father is God and the Mother is the Earth. Let's have some opinions on this.
2 responses
• United States
7 Sep 08
Jesus is speaking about your earthy mother and father. Read all of Matthew 23! In verse 8-10, But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have only one Father, and he is in Heaven. Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. Jesus was talking about the Pharisees. In verses 5-7, Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi' Who do we call "Father" today?? Many Catholics call their priests, Father. By mentioning the words, Rabbi, Father and Teacher ....and if you read the whole chapter it is safe to assume that he is talking about those in religious positions. Some follow around these teachers of faith as if they were God. Listening to every word the preacher says and never reading the bible for themselves. As for Mother Earth. Mother Earth is worshipped by pagans.. Romans 1:25, They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator- who is forever praised. Amen "Created things" would include the Earth.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Hun you just take your best shot at me. I have been called a lot worse than Pagan by so called Christians. It won't even offend me because I know exactly why people say things like that even before they say them.
• United States
7 Sep 08
Where is it that I called you a pagan?? Do some research on worshipping the Mother Earth and you will find just what I told you. Where in the bible does it say anything about Mother Earth? I have given you a verse where it says not to worship creation but the Creator. Do you actually read what people write or just argue? Wouldn't Mother Earth be an idol???
@capirani (1841)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I believe He meant our parents. We are to honor our parents. It does not mean we have to endure abuse. But we are to honor them. I believe Jesus knew that as time passed it would come to a point in the world where children would be extremely disrespectful of parents and we are living in that time now. Our parents have given their lives to raise us, as we give our lives to raise our children.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I used to think it meant our mom and dad to but then Jesus tells us to not call any man Father. I don't believe Jesus would tell us to not do something and then do it himself.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I am not sure that is what is meant by not calling any man Father. I think that is meant in the same way the word Lord is used. For most of us in this time period, we think of Lord as God. In that time period Lord meant God, but it also was meant for those in authority over us. Wives called their husbands Lord. Things in scripture have to be taken in context with the time period the words were expressed. I am sure it means our parents when the Bible speaks of honoring our father and mother. I do not believe mother refers to mother earth. I think that is more leading toward paganism than Christianity to say that, not that I am saying you are following that direction. I really believe that the word Father is meant in a totally different context here than that of our parent. There are many many families where the parents are called mother and father instead of mom or dad or mama or papa....the titles we give our parents all cultures have their own. Whether the actual word father is used or dad, or papa, or some other translation....it cannot mean the same thing that is meant in scripture when we are told not to call any man Father. I think this is more meant that we should not be giving that high honor that we give to God to any other man. So much has to be studied to find out the real meaning. Language differences, nuances, usages of the original terms, etc, as well as the culture of that time. Jesus called his own mother "Mother". I am sure he probably called his dad "Father". He uses the term father in other scriptures also. You cannot just take one line such as that one and make a command out of it without going further into scripture and find out what He meant by it. Even priests in certain Christian denominations are called "Father". I do have my questions about how they came about doing that in light of scripture. But I have no doubt in my mind that the Bible meant our parents when speaking about honoring our father and mother. It is in both the old and new testaments. And since father is paired with mother, and Jesus never said we couldn't call anyone Mother, I have to believe it means parents.