The OATH AND AUTHORITY
Read pp. 120 - 124 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
The following lecture pertains to this section.
The Oath and Authority
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. Consider how the modern social services system reverses the important truths taught in this section.
2. What considerations should you keep in mind before you would advise a friend, associate, or acquaintance as to "how to deal with abusive parents"? Is rescue the godly option or alternative?
3. When one takes vengeance on another person for real offenses suffered, what do his actions reveal about the offended person's faith? Is it unnatural to want to take vengeance?
4. The modern state (especially in its school system) has attempted to replace parents (God's duly constituted authority). Have there been any evidences of the children striking out at their replacement parents? Any specifics come to mind?
5. The Scriptures equate murder with kidnapping and cursing or smiting parents. This is evident since all are dealt with by the death penalty. Cite some tangible results that are evident in our culture with these laws being ignored or ridiculed. How would most Christians today respond to critics of these laws?
6. What responsibility do these laws place on parents? Compare the verses in Exodus with those from Ephesians 5 which deal with parents and children.
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