Moses' second speech, Part 6
Jul 23, 2012
Deut. 5:16 gives us the Fifth Commandment:
(16) Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.
This commandment establishes the primacy of family relationships. To honor means to obey or to fulfill a promise or obligation. In law it means "to accept a bill of exchange, or to pay a note, check, or accepted bill, at maturity and according to its tenor" (Black's Law Dictionary, 4th ed.).
Hence, to honor one's father and mother is to recognize one's source of life that God established at creation. It also establishes order, responsibility, and godly authority that is not based purely upon force and strength.
The Darwinian world-view of evolution sees family origins in nature itself, rather than in God. Thus, they view animals in the wild and assume that man was originally part of a "primal horde," dominated by a "violent primal father" who drives out the sons and claims exclusive sexual rights over the mother and daughters.
To this, they add the Oedipus complex, telling us that the rebellious sons fight back by killing the father and eating him in order to possess the mother and sisters. Then their guilt caused them to establish three taboos: parricide, cannibalism, and incest. They tell us that religion was an outgrowth of those taboos.
Evolutionary thinking assumes that there was no Creator and that our first parents rose of out primal instincts as animals, rather than being a perfect creation which later fell through sin and then degenerated toward animal-like amorality. They look at nature and the rule of raw power in some of the animals and assume that this is how it began with us. Hence, many are also convinced that we must go "back to nature," not only by stripping off their clothing, but also in sexual "freedom" and in totalitarian forms of elitist government.
The psychology of evolutionary thinking prepares people to think in terms of power and force, rather than in responsibility and honor of authority under God. They see the father-animal as the original god of the family, and hence "god" is defined in terms of the power of self-interest and the pursuit of his personal pleasure. Their god seeks to steal more property to obtain more servants.
Their philosophers often make it their mission to destroy the family structure, believing that this is the only way that they can succeed in destroying "superstition" (i.e., belief in God). Thus, Frederick Engels (who promoted Karl Marx) believed that a monogamous family was the source of brutality toward women. He said it was founded on the the idea of wife-slavery, when, in fact, such slavery is an outgrowth of animal behavior in the evolutionary theory itself.
The Bible leads us from an Old Covenant marriage (bondwoman) into a New Covenant marriage (free woman), as Paul clearly tells us in Galatians 4. Biblical liberty is not the same as what the evolutionists call "freedom," for each view is based upon a different premise. What Marxism and the evolutionists offer is to "liberate" women from the family, primarily by transforming her into an industrial worker.
The Women's Liberation Movement seeks to free women from oppressive family situations. Their success depends largely on how many Old Covenant relationships are practiced in the home. Unfortunately, even many Christians do not understand this, for many men use power and fear as the glue of marriage. The evolutionists use such Old Covenant relationships in the Church as proof of their theories, and desperate women are tricked into joining a movement that only makes their bad situation more universal.
Honor has to do with personal responsibility under God to fulfill one's word. His yes is yes, and his no is no. A man's strength, power, or energy is used to bring honor, rather than personal pleasure or self-interest. Family relationships teach children the first principles of honoring authority. When the child grows to maturity, this habit should transfer to the community government and to the state or national government.
But if a child learns that fatherhood is only about being stronger than the sons, those sons will be ruled by evolutionary thought and will dishonor both parents and other governments. The more prevalent this becomes among the people, the more power that governments will seek, and liberty will be eroded and will be replaced in the end by totalitarianism.
In a perfect world of evolutionary, animalistic, self-interest behavior, only totalitarian rule by fear can hold a society together. True republics would not work at all. We would be reduced to democracies, whereby all peons are created equal, as they serve all elite power brokers. As Orwell said in chapter 10 of his classic, Animal Farm, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
The Fifth Commandment is, of course, built upon the second great commandment: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." All commandments are built upon the first great commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart," which also restates the First Commandment, "You shall have no other gods before Me."
To honor parents thus establishes a God-centered form of government. Government was created by God in Gen. 1:28, when God said to "subdue" the earth. This is interpreted in Psalm 8:6,
(6) Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet.
The Apostle Paul quotes this in 1 Cor. 15:27, saying in verse 28 that the purpose of man's authority is "that God may be all in all."
In other words, man has authority, not sovereignty. He was not given authority to do as he pleased, but to subdue the whole earth and put it under the dominion of God Himself, who is the Creator and Owner of all things. This is the root of the biblical concept of honor. Man's original responsibility and purpose was to rule under God and by His laws.
Evolutionary thought makes man the master of the universe, giving the "elite" rulers the right to rule as sovereign gods over the earth. They license marriage in order for them to produce child-serfs as commercial entities. Children are given birth certificate numbers, and the paperwork is forwarded to the Department of Commerce and from there to the Depository Trust Company in New York. The DTC creates ten bonds for the child, each valued at the modern price of a serf: $3.5 billion. Money is then created on the value of these serfs, and the birth certificates become "negotiable instruments" that are traded world-wide by the large financial institutions run by the "elite" gods of this world.
The Bible gives even the greatest men mere delegated authority. They are commanded to honor their "Parent" by acting responsibly according to the divine mandate to subdue the earth and bring it into reconciliation (harmony) with the divine law, which is the mind, will, and character of God Himself as seen visibly in Jesus Christ.
The fall of Adam is not evidence that his condition is "natural" and therefore "good." All things were created "very good" (Gen. 1:31) and then degenerated after the fall. Evolution presumes that man's fallen condition was how his history began, so they have no vision of the divine plan for the earth. The fall of man did not alter his mandate to subdue the earth under God's headship. It only made it impossible to fulfill the mandate apart from a redemptive work of Christ on the cross and a regenerative work of the Holy Spirit.
This is the sixth part of a series titled "Moses' Second Speech." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones