I assume you’re speaking from encounter, Alyssa.
Nor would you, Taylor.
Adam, 11, has a practical reason for praising parents: “You’ll live longer.” You probably won’t discover this in medical journals, however the Bible guarantees it in Deuteronomy 5: 16 and Ephesians six: 2-3. Psychiatrists’ offices are filled up with adult sons and daughters who may have unresolved conflicts with parents.
Laura, 7, has another idea concerning the greatest commandment. “You shall not lie is the most important because you can get someone else into trouble,” she states. “Your best friend could go to jail,” adds Kaitlin, 7.
How many attorneys would be looking for one more line of work if people informed the truth, Although justice in a courtroom of law is often imperfect, the particular court of heaven is always within session. Scripture makes this promise: “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19: 5).
Not just could a person go to jail with regard to someone else’s lies, as Kaitlin indicates, but someone could die when falsely accused of murder, which usually brings up another of the Ten Commandments. Annastasia, 8, says the commandment forbidding murder is the greatest because “you will not only hurt that person’s family, you will hurt God.”
According to Scripture, we are produced in God’s image. God is usually deeply grieved by murder due to the total disregard for the value of their image in another human being.
Robby, 10, says if murderers or even terrorists rule, “there will be no happiness in the world because there would be nobody in the world. It would be a sad place.” Murder damages the lives of children, says Kristy, 10: “A daughter or son could never know their mother or father.”
The greatest commandment, according to many of my friends, is the very first: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Nathan, 10, sees this particular as the foundation of the commandments “because if you don’t believe in God, why should you worry about following all the other commandments,” Laura, 9, says the first is most significant “because the Lord is our God, and if he wasn’t, we wouldn’t be here.”
Both Nathan and Laura realize that all standards hinge upon God’s existence and righteousness. If God doesn’t exist, who units the standards, If there is no God, then who rewards the good plus punishes the evil,
When spiritual leaders asked Jesus which was the best commandment, he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” Furthermore, he said the second greatest commandment was like the first: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love with regard to God cannot be divorced from adore for neighbors. The apostle John summarized this link by thinking that if God loved us very first and demonstrated his love simply by sending his Son to die for our own sins, then “we also ought to love one another” (I John 4: 10-11).