What The Bible Says About Mothers

What The Bible Says About Mothers January 23, 2019

Mothers are very special, so in honor of mothers everywhere, here is what the Bible says about you.

Honoring Mom

The Bible doesn’t just teach that we should honor others, like the elders among us, but also to honor our father and our mother. That is the first horizontal commandment given which relates to how we deal with one another. The fifth commandment says, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Ex 20:12). That doesn’t say to honor those parents who are worthy to be honored, but to honor your father and your mother. This commandment has a promise. If a person honors their father and mother, then their “days may be long in the land.” That sounds very much like a blessing for honoring your parents. Of course some find it impossible to honor their parents if they’ve been abused. How can you honor someone that did “that” to you!? Only they can answer that question, but God does expect us to give to others, not what they deserve, but what they need. Jesus says to “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28). So we can pray for our enemies, but not our parents because they did such and such to us!? Remember what God did to us in that “Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom 5:6), and so “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). God did not give us what we deserved (Rom 3:23) but what we needed (Eph 2:8-9), so even “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10), therefore, we give our parents what they need, and not necessarily what they deserve.

Honor in Deed

I believe honoring your father and your mother includes your father-in-law and mother-in-law. Ruth so honored her mother-in-law by telling her, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you” (Ruth 1:16-17). Ruth was willing to give up her old life to ensure her mother-in-law would be taken care of, and went to a land and people that were not her land and people. She was faithful to her mother-in-law, and honored her in deed, not just in word.  My mother-in-law is easy to honor because she’s such an honorable woman.  I must have the kindest, most gentle mother-in-law in human history because she’s such a good and godly woman, so I treat her with respect and honor.  I realize that a lot of people are not so blessed.

Taught and Caught

I’ve heard that more is caught than taught, but don’t let us neglect the teaching part because it’s essential to the child’s wellbeing. Solomon himself was taught by his mother (Prov 31:1) and wrote, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching” (Prov 1:8). Most of us, or at least many of us, can honestly say their mothers were “like a nursing mother taking care of her own children” (1 Thess 2:7), which was just how the Apostle Paul treated the church at Thessalonica. Is it any wonder that God uses the image of the comfort a mother gives her child as the care LinkHe has for His own? The Psalmist wrote, “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2). Timothy was obviously influenced by his mother and grandmother, as Paul says he was “reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Tim 1:5). We would all do well to “Keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching” (Prov 6:20).

                                        Honor by Sacrifice

As Jesus was dying on the cross, He gave a command to the Apostle John to take care of His mother. It says, “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:26-27). Even in His agonizing moments on the cross, Jesus was thinking of His mother. He honored His mother by ensuring she’d be taken care of after His death on the cross. John didn’t hesitate, and so he also honored Jesus’ mother. Part of honoring your mother and honoring your parents is doing for them what they might not be able to do for themselves. Maybe it’s doing something to make their lives a little bit easier. Our mothers have sacrificed so much time and effort for us, how can we not honor them, even if they’re not with us anymore. You can honor them by speaking about the good they did. You can honor them by remember the positive things they’ve done and the positive influence they’ve left on you. Honoring parents goes well beyond leaving flowers at their grave. God never placed a time limit placed on the fifth commandment, and there is no disclaimer to where if the parents are deemed unworthy, then they don’t need to be honored. We ought to praise God and thank God for our parents and our children, for “He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 113:9)!

Conclusion

Mothers intuitively know to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6). It is in their nature. Mothers are a child’s first and best teacher, only having the best interests of the child in mind, motivated by their unconditional love for their child. I believe the commandment to honor your parents includes the father-in-law and mother-in-law, but also grandparents, as they are also parents. If you liked this article about mothers, please share this with someone, or bookmark it for Mother’s Day.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    More mindless drivel from the lying pastor who practices and promotes selective willful delusion…Did you leave a few things out jack?

    Burn The Daughter!
    “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.” (Leviticus 21:9)

    Comment
    A priest’s daughter, if found to have lost her virginity without marriage, can receive the death penalty, but in the form of incineration.

    How many fundamentalist priests who so easily condemn others would carry out the burning of their daughters if they found them “whoring”?

    (See also Genesis 38:24)

    Cut Off Her Hand!
    “When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.” (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)

    Comment
    A wife would naturally wish to come to the aid of her husband in any way she could if he desperately struggled with an opponent, but the Hebrew law specifically forbade a wife to help her husband in distress if that support consisted of her grabbing the enemy’s genitals in an effort to stifle his onslaught. The penalty? Amputation of the hand that fondled the genitals!

    Only in an overly obsessive male dominated culture could men create such atrocious laws. As such, the penis ranked sacrosanct in the minds of men (as it still stands today). If a male lost his penis for any reason, he would lose the right to enter a congregation of God. (See Deuteronomy 23:1)

    Female Births Get Penalty
    “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.” (Leviticus 12:2)

    “But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.” (Leviticus 12:5)

    Comment
    A woman who gives birth to a child must undergo a purification ritual lest her “uncleanness” contaminate others. This not only entails her isolation, but also payments to priests for the ritual acts. Thus the male dominators had even made birth dirty.

    Notice here that if a woman bears a female child, her isolation must last twice as long as that if she gives birth to a male child!

    (See also Psalms 51:3-5)

    “The Bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of woman’s emancipation.”

    –Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Female Inferiority
    “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (I Corinthians 11:3)

    “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” (I Corinthians 11:8-9)

    Comment
    The Bible’s decree of male supremacy has kept woman inferior to men for centuries. For the religious, it comes as a sad fact that a human must have a penis to receive any respect or power within the Church.

    All woman should realize that such phrases in the Bible has justified for many Christian men, not only their supremacy but a reason to sexually abuse women.

    (See also I Cor. 14:34-36, I Timothy 2:8-15, I Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Col. 3:18-19)

    Jesus Will Kill Children
    “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” (Revelation 2:22-23)

    Comment
    If anyone thinks Jesus represents only a peaceful loving soul, then think again. For an act of adultery, Jesus would kill innocent children for the adultery of others; hardly fair justice, love, or the concern for human beings.

    Some apologists claim that “children” refers to the followers of a cult of Jezebel and not to children birthed from Jezebel. However, if this proved the case, the situation would appear even more horrific, for a cult of believers could number in the dozens, hundreds, thousands, or more. The deaths of these multitude of cult believers (which would include children within its membership) would only make the moralistic problem far more atrocious.

    “It’s interesting to speculate how it developed that in two of the most anti-feminist institutions, the church and the law court, the men are wearing the dresses.”

    –Flo Kennedy

    Kill The Witches!
    “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Whoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. He that sacrificeth unto any god, save to the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.” (Exodus 22:18-20)

    Comment
    These verses attest to the power of belief as they led to the slaughter of thousands of defenseless people throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

    Understand that these verses not only authorize the executions but they explicitly command them.

    Verse 18 justified the burning of women in Europe judged as witches. In early America, the Salem witch trials resulted in the deaths of women and men.

    Verse 19 refers to bestiality, a sin considered worthy of death. Christians used verse 20 to justify religious wars, Crusades and the slaughter of unbelievers throughout Europe. And the condemnation of heretics still goes on.

    Rape My Daughter
    “Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.” (Judges 19:24-25)

    Comment
    Judges 19 describe a father who offers his virgin daughter to a drunken mob. When the father says “unto this man do not so vile a thing,” he makes clear that sexual abuse should never befall a man (meaning him), yet a woman, even his own flesh and blood, or a concubine belonging to a perfect stranger, can receive punishment from men to do what they wish. This attitude against women still persists to this day and we have the Bible, in large part, to thank for this attitude against women.

    Verse 25 describes the hours long gang rape of the poor concubine. The Bible gives not one hint of compassion or concern for the raped girl. Considering that many people believe that every word in the Bible comes from God, it should not surprise anyone why people still use these verses to justify such atrocities.

    Silence The Woman!
    “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11-14)

    Comment
    Another case where the Bible makes it quite clear that women live for man and must submit to them.

    “Man enjoys the great advantage of having a god endorse the code he writes; and since man exercises a sovereign authority over women it is especially fortunate that this authority has been vested in him by the Supreme Being. For the Jews, Mohammedans and Christians among others, man is master by divine right; the fear of God will therefore repress any impulse towards revolt in the downtrodden female.”

    –Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex 1949

    (See also I Cor. 11:3-12, I Cor. 14:34-36, I Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Col. 3:18-19.)

    Stone The Woman!
    “If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;” (Deuteronomy 22:22)

    “Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour’s wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 22:24)

    Comment
    (Read also Deuteronomy 22:13-21)

    The discovery of a bride lying with another man can yield disastrous results.

    If the wife’s parents can produce tokens of the damsel’s virginity and spread the cloth before the elders of the city, the husband has to pay the bride’s father one hundred silver shekels and he may not send his wife back to her parents as long as she lives. But if the bride’s virginity does not satisfy the requirements, the husband can get rid of her by letting the men of the city stone her to death.

    From a practical level, these designed laws regulating women’s virginity protected economic transactions between men rather than for the sake of morality. (See Virgin’s Worth below)

    “Virgin” Mistranslation
    “Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

    Comment
    Perhaps the most famous mistranslation of the Bible, the word virgin here comes from a mistranslated Greek word for virgin.

    The original Hebrew version uses the word “almah” which means “young woman” which may or may not refer to a virgin. Of course the context of the original Hebrew Isaiah does not refer to a virgin at all, as scholars the world over agree, but only refers to a young woman.

    Later, the author of Matthew 1:22-23, quoted from the mistranslated Isaiah version, and thus the error turned into a world-wide belief.

    Today a few of the modern bibles such as the Revised Standard Version, have corrected this mistranslation and have replaced the word virgin with “young woman.” (Isaiah 7:14, RSV)

    Apparently either God makes errors or the Bible does not come from god, but rather from fallible men.

    Virgin’s Worth
    “If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel’s father fifty shekels of silvers, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.” (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)

    Comment
    The belief some get about the Biblical law leads them to think that it represented a great advancement in morality. However, if we look at this law in the social and economic context, it becomes evident that it did not come from any moral ground, but rather to protect men’s property rights of their wives and daughters.

    This law says that since an unmarried girl, a non-virgin, no longer serves as an economically valuable asset, her father must receive compensation. As for the legal requirement of the man that caused the economic problem, his marriage in that society gave him practically unlimited power over their wives. Such forced marriage can hardly serve as a concern for the poor girl’s welfare.

    Wives, Submit Yourselves!
    “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” (Ephesians 5:22-24)

    Comment
    These words of Paul describe another instance for the calling of the submission of women to their husbands. Note that the all inclusive “everything” could allow husbands to submit their wives to anything, including rape, beatings, slavery, etc.

    (See also I Cor. 11:3-12, I Cor. 14:34-36, I Timothy 2:8-15, I Peter 3:1-7, Col. 3:18-19.)

    Women Shall Not Speak
    “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (I Corinthians 14:34-35)

    Comment
    If one ever wishes to find an explanation of woman’s inferiority to men, one only has to look in the Bible. Paul makes clear and delineates the importance of woman recognizing her place, “ad nauseam.”

    (See also I Cor. 11:3-12, I Timothy 2:8-15, I Peter 3:1-7, Ephesians 5:22-24, Col. 3:18-19.)

    “The bible teaches that women brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated the fall of the race, that she was arraigned before the judgment seat of Heaven, tried, condemned and sentenced. Marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man’s bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire… Here is the Bible position of woman briefly summed up.”

    –Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Women’s Sorrow
    “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16)

    Comment
    Not only does the Woman get blamed for the Fall, but God decides to multiply her sorrow, plus, she must submit to her husband like a slave.

    Religionists have used this verse as justification and “reason” for the pain and punishment (sin) of childbirth and the sin of mankind. And to this day many Christians, Jews and Islamics place women lower then men in the ranking of Godly order. If ever there existed a more cruel justification against women, it could not have done as much damage as from belief in Genesis 3:16. Because of the belief in the Fall, countless Christians have branded the entire human race as depraved.

    Before the advent of male dominated religions, cultures around the world respected women and worshipped goddesses. The Old Testament records the brutal slaughter of surrounding cultures and slowly throughout the centuries, the goddess religions faded away in place of the belief-system of a jealous, scatological, male war god.

    “Christianity teaches that the human race is depraved, fallen, and sinful.”
    –D. James Kennedy (Why I Believe, World Publishing, 1980)

    Rip Up Pregnant Women
    “Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” (Hosea 13:16)

    Comment
    Throughout the Bible, God smites those who do not believe in him or those who do not follow his commands. Here we have the grotesque description of infants dashed to pieces and pregnant women ripped up. Whatever rebellious nature an infant’s father or mother may have had, it bears no justice to an innocent child or to an unborn fetus who could not possibly have rebelled against God, much less understood him.

    Anyone who claims to love such a God, must accept infanticide as one of God’s ugly revenges.

    (See also Psalms 137:9)

    The Wicked Woman
    “Give me any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness, but the wickedness of a woman.” (Eccles. 25:13)

    “Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.” (Eccles. 25:22)

    “If she go not as thou wouldest have her, cut her off from thy flesh, and give her a bill of divorce, and let her go.” (Eccles. 25: 26)

    “The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids. If thy daughter be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse herself through overmuch liberty.” (Eccles. 26:9-10)

    “A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord: and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed. A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued.” (Eccles. 26:14-15)

    “A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will fear the Lord.” (Eccles.26:25)

    “For from garments cometh a moth, and from women wickedness. Better is the churlishness of a man than a courteous woman, a woman, I say, which bringeth shame and reproach.” (Eccles. 42:13-14)

    • Matthew 22:37

      tl; dr

      Too bad you are out sowing hate again.

      Some atheists don’t fully agree with your conclusions and seem to have better credentials and reasoning than you display even though you give the impression that you think you are everyone’s intellectual superior on every subject under the sun.

      A quote from an atheist:

      “Religion and mental illness are different psychological processes,” said atheist and mental health advocate Miri Mogilevsky in a recent email exchange. “[Religious beliefs may] stem from cognitive processes that are essentially adaptive, such as looking for patterns and feeling like a part of something larger than oneself.”

      That is adaptive. Maladaptive processes are linked to mental health problems.

      Go read where the quote is taken from:
      5 reasons atheists shouldn’t call religion a mental illness on RNS.

      Your simplistic logic and pejorative reasoning doesn’t control everything. It only controls your reality.

      There is a reason why faith is not classified as mental illness by mental health professionals and that is because it is adaptive not maladptive.

      “In fact, empirical evidence sometimes points to the opposite conclusion,” Yaden said, citing the work of Dr. Ken Pargament. “When it comes to facilitating mental health, empirical data demonstrates that religious people have more positive emotion, more meaning in life, more life satisfaction, cope better with trauma, are more physically healthy, are more altruistic and socially connected, and are not diagnosed with mental illness more than other people.”

      • pud

        Too bad you view realism, truth, reason and logic as “hate” You could also get a frontal lobotomy and float along through life …doing so would however be just as foolish and ridiculous as living life via “faith” and “superstition”

        • Matthew 22:37

          Well I will put you back on block. You don’t personify reason or logic to me. Without social intelligence how could you?

          You just use your “reason” to try and dominate people. You only cherrypick the information to do that.

          A Christian knows to give the benefit of the doubt to God and that a sea change of social progress occurred between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

          If you want to go on criticizing things you don’t understand off of superficial and wrong information go right ahead.

          Just don’t expect me to listen to it.

          I have better things to do with my time.

          I have seen people that had a belief in God change them for the better. That is all the evidence I need though I have lots more. I am not trying to rule Him out of existence in my head all the time like you are.

          • pud

            It is infantile lunacy to “give the benefit of the doubt” to an invisible undetectable agent from a story book that you can offer exactly NO evidence for.

          • Matthew 22:37

            A Christian has evidence. There is general revelation for one.

            But you have blocked it because you don’t want to see an alternative perspective.

            Only you know why you do that.

            But personally exalting logic over revelation isn’t compelling to me.

            People don’t reason perfectly but faith is the gift of God.

            People see more order in the world than randomness and when you break the order down even further like in DNA you see coded order. You don’t see randomness.

            Go ahead and believe in random chaos if you like.

            I just don’t buy it. Materialism doesn’t explain everything.

            You are free to believe anything you want. But why you use it to troll Christians, I don’t know. Is that socially intelligent since you cannot prove that God doesn’t exist? Isn’t it socially offensive? Why do you like being offensive? Do you need attention. If so get on your knees and pray to God until the peace that passes understanding envelops you.

          • pud

            LOL…I rest my case for blind lunacy. People have “revelations” about being abducted by aliens and given anal probes…doesn’t make it true does it? “Faith” and “revelation” are NOT pathways to truth. Mystics through the ages have had all kinds of “revelations” are they all true or only the ones that conform to your delusional “faith” based system count as real?

            I don’t “believe” anything. I don’t troll. Your cult is a pox on my world so it is my duty to expose you and all the other religious cults for the deranged impediments to humanity that you’ve always been and continue to be. I hold you all in contempt and ridicule the ridiculous..that’s not “trolling”

            Nothing fails like “prayer”

          • Matthew 22:37

            Graeme Cooksley gave you the definition of trolling the other day and you match it.

            Your main duty in this world is to treat everyone with respect which you don’t do.

            Don’t try to ennoble your disrepect for people by saying you are providing a service.

            Where is that block button?

          • pud

            “Respect” is earned not given. Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule. Those who peddle guilt, shame and falsehoods do not deserve “respect”

          • Matthew 22:37

            No respect is not earned. It is given automatically. Why would you make this world any harder on people than it already is?

            Everyone is made in the image of God and that image deserves respect.

            Goodbye, Mr. Addicted to Trolling. Have a nice life. Maybe if you stopped cherrypicking facts you could fill in the blanks but it seems you don’t want to admit any reality than your own.

            Infanticide was a worldwide practice until Judeo-Christian beliefs put an end to it. That is a historical fact!

          • No, respect is given. It is not up to another person to prove themseleves to you.

            you either treat them rightfully as a human Made in the Image of God, or you don’t.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Oh btw the atheist painter Diego Rivera practiced cannibalism and not out of necessity.

            Whatever got into him to do that?

            Atheists are not any saner than theists.

            But theists have a hope in this world.

          • pud

            A billion christians practice ritual cannibalism on a regular basis.

            Believing in the fairy godmother or guardian angels isn’t real “hope” it’s delusional “hope” Religious lunatics don’t have a monopoly on “hope” and in reality they treat life as nothing but a place to wipe your feet before going on to some imaginary “better place” You don’t promote hope, you promote guilt and shame and the dirty nature of being a human being.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Not the same.

            Are you really dealing with a full deck drawing that false analogy?

          • Matthew 22:37

            Peace Be With You!

            Signing off. Can’t spend all day here in a battle of wills.

          • Is this some attempt to try to project what your coven does onto Christians?

            There are three foundational pillars in the Church: Faith, Hope, and Love (or Charity). you can find none of them outside of the Church.

            Faith is founding yourself in God.

            Love is to will the Good of the other as other.

            Hope recognizing the promises of God as well as recognizing the reality of fallen man.

            you have none of the above, as clearly shown by your hate and vulgarity.

          • Matthew 22:37

            And faith might be the beatific innocence of children not lunacy.

            It would be a better world if more people were innocent like children but most lose their innocence at puberty.

            Optimism is better than being negative. Realism falls somewhere in the middle and sometimes is not so pretty.

            Having hope in this world is better than no hope at all.

            Some people that don’t have hope give up in this world easier.

            Putting you back on block. I don’t like battles of will with people any more. I used to sort of enjoy it many years ago when I needed to feed my own intellect. But no longer. I am outgrowing that and find all the controversy merely negative these days and people do better when they are encouraged and supported.

            How come you don’t notice any of the good charity work done by many Christian organizations in this world?

            You have blinkers on.

            Have a blessed day! No need for me to point out anything further. That is quite a lot for you to look into.

          • pud

            The muslim brotherhood does lots of good deeds for the families of suicide bombers. The KKK did a few nice things for their own. Not all Nazis were bad neighbors etc etc. Doesn’t matter what “good” you might do if the truth matters to you which it seems not to. The point remains that the religious and religion retard human progress, critical thinking, science, reality, truth and justice as you live by Bronze Age rules and superstitions and just can’t seem to keep it to yourselves.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Well I see you are thinking in typical atheist frozen stereotypes.

            It doesn’t change the fact that Diego Rivera ate people because of a stupid idea of his own.

            I guess he thought he wouldn’t be accountable to God for doing that.

            It’s a sick world where there is no accountability.

            Jeffrey Dahmer said he thought he wouldn’t have committed his crimes if he had learned about Jesus and converted earlier than he did.

          • The Church is so advanced that the world repeatedly rejects it because it is too difficult to keep up.

            The only “Bronze Age” ones here are those like you seeking to revive the perversion of ancient paganism.

          • The Church is so backward that it is relying on a book that was partly written by barbaric savages who created god in their own barbaric likeness. The so-called holy Catholic church is so unholy that it has many priests who have committed paedophilia and then have other priests covering up their crimes.

          • The Church itself wrote the NT, the first Bishops did it who were the Apostles.

            Once more, man is Made in the Image of God. The blasphemous nonsense you posted is just a byproduct of your capital sin of pride.

            Also, I have no idea why you attack the Church of sodomy when it is actually the safest place in the world for children. The worst place is with teachers and policemen.

            Not to mention you probably cheer on sodomy otherwise.

          • Well if the Catholic Church is so safe, why have we had independent enquiries in several countries looking into paedophilia in the Church and why have so many abused witnesses come forward? Are you so delusional that you ignore empirical facts?

          • To try to smear the Church. That none stick and force settlements to get out of spending years in court in unprovable cases is just an attempt to bankrupt the Church.

          • The Catholic Church is one of the most wealthy institutions on earth. The Church wouldn’t go bankrupt.

        • Odd how you so hatefully project your own flaws onto your enemies. Doing so will not absolve you.

      • pud

        Maybe you can explain why the happiest, wealthiest and nations with the highest standards of living are all secular and why the worst, most impoverished and hellish nations are all religious theocracies?

        • Matthew 22:37

          Really? Some of those nations were under Christianity for a while weren’t they?

          The Scandinavians learned not to practice infanticide from Christians. The Vikings were practicing quite a bit of gender selective infanticide up until the 6th or 7th century.

          I believe hospitals got their start with the nuns if I recollect correctly but you can research it.

          According to you all Christians are bad. Even the Pastor who visits old folk homes to comfort people is a lunatic according to you. Not according to the credentialed psychiatric community. Just you.

          • pud

            LOL…the secular nations of the world threw off your death cult superstitions which is why they prosper today.

            Show me where I ever said that “all christians are bad”….delusional, lunatics yes but the only truly “bad” christians are the likes of jack who peddle your death cult lies of guilt and shame to children and the elderly who are the most vulnerable members of society

          • The “secular nations” of the world throw off sanity, reproduction, and survival. They will share the fate of all pagan nations like ancient rome and ancient greece.

            That you want to count yourself among them when it happens gets no sympathy from me.

            The Church created all you take for granted, and the nation’s you advocate for are living on their dwindling Catholoc Capital. Once that is spent, they will totally collapse.

        • Because the nations you advocate for are miserable, totalitarian piles of trash where the Godless people kill themselves just to get out of living there.

          The Godly nations are all under attack by demons, as the devil has no reason to attack what serves him no threat.

          That the Godliest nations are the most sane and not imploding by a thin veneer of stability on top of untenable marxism says all you need to know.

          • pud

            Oh I see…invisible undetectable “demons” and “devils” yeah, you’re not insane. uh huh..sure

          • demons are spirits and therefore have no material presence at all.

            I have yet to see any evidence that you do not follow every single command they whisper in your ear without question. From here, it seems like you are a slave to them.

            Also, the soviets accused their enemies of being insane. Is that where you learned that? What are you afraid of, reprobate?

          • pud

            If you “believe” in something, as an adult, for which you can offer no evidence then you are indeed insane. Feel free to demonstrate the existence of “demons” and to explain the physics of immaterial existence…LOL..you are demonstrably insane

          • The requirement for the uncreated and uncontingent to be the basis of everything is absolute. In thought, these are called “axioms” which must be unprovable if they are to be a foundation. This is because they must be uncontingent.

            Therefore you are once more re-asserting the self-refuting dogma of “there are no dogmas.”

            Evidence is the byproduct of observation. That you present observation as the only valid thought is self-refuting in two ways:
            1) observation isn’t thinking
            2) you have to make a philosophical argument to even claim that

            So you have refuted yourself and your foundational principles three times in one sentence. Good job.

            As for demons, if they do not exist, why do you serve them,

    • Excellent analysis, Pud!

      • I see no “analysis,” but I do see reprobates.

        • Aren’t you, being a Roman Catholic, seen to also be a reprobate by most Evangelical Fundamentalists?

          • I care as much about heretics as I do about you apostates: not at all, Exocet to destroy/refute you and then ignore.

            If they were to claim that, it would be the same thing as when you do it: out of projection by way of the mortal sin of despair.

          • I have no despair, but maybe it is you that is projecting your own despair.

          • you are now projecting your projection.

            From my (undortunately) vast experience with gnostics, this is the step before you try to deny there was any conversation at all.

            The step after that is when your kind runs away.

          • Why do you continue to spout your hateful nonsense? I see that no-one can access your disqus comments and you write under an assumed name. Why are you ashamed to let others see what you have written (other than on posts we can read) and why do you write anonymously? Is this so you can spout the vilest venom you can find and say that you are a Christian? If the fruit of the Spirit is any guide, then you are NO Christian.

          • Because the Truth must be stated, no matter the childish/satanic tricks you try to do to escape from it.

            I keep my profile private so you cannot mass report my posts because you are angry at being found out and defeated.

          • What arrogance!

    • Did you honestly quote the satanist girlfriend of sartre who seduced teenage boys for satre to molest? Water finds its own level, eh?

      I find it funny you were so desperate to try to use so many “examples” of your eisegesis. Were you afraid one would not suffice and be too easy to refute?

      The Levite Laws of the Old Covenant are given to Moses to ensure the survival of the Isrealites during their 40 years in the desert. It worked as they survived so they are proven to be effective.

      The Levite Laws were abolished along with Old Covenant so I don’t see what your problem with them are. Is it the fact that they allowed the Isrealites to survive which your problem is? Would you have preferred then to wallow in self-destruction like you pagans do?

      • Matthew 22:37

        The Marquis de Sade was an atheist.

  • Andres Desaya

    Decades ago as a teenager, I did not appreciate my mother’s godliness, now as an adult, I realized that what was instilled in my mind to fear the Lord is now my armour and shield against the wiles of the dark.

    I thank her for loving me, teaching me, preparing me… and mostly the Lord for giving me my mother who has done well…. and now that I know who God is…. and beyond His being mysterious and wise, a great tester and a great rewarder, He is a giver of love, a God of love.

    Beyond this earthly life in the future, God would also give recognition to mothers of their virtues that influenced the goodness of their children

    **Abraham Lincoln said “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe it to my angel mother”.

  • Matthew 22:37

    Oh this pud character again. I stopped reading him after his first sentence or two.

    He’s deceptive. Pulled a few verses from the Old Testament but never researched into anything.

    Did this pud character ever bother checking into the people surrounding the Hebrews?

    Does he know rabbis today say the ancient Israelites hardly ever stoned anyone?

    Anyone can pull a verse out of the Bible and put his own spin on it.

    But don’t be the victims of these intellectual idiots who seek to place their own false interpretations on you.

    Don’t read their rage because they never tried to exonerate God before condemning Him in their own minds.

    Some people question which parts of the Bible are inspired and which are not. Meaning some is inspired and comes from prophecy from God and others could be from the mind of man.

    Personally, I need to research into it to decide what is true or not.

    But one thing is for sure. I am never letting someone deceive me on the face of things.

    God gives people a mind to think and discover things for themselves.

    Not for some ideologue who presumes God is guilty before even attempting to exonerate Him to air their greivances publicly and persuade them.

    Do your own research. pud’s is shabby. One sided garbage. Which shows the state of his heart.

    He never bothered to get his heart right with God.

    He just let those skeptics saw off his relationship with God without bothering to see God’s case at all.

    So who is brainwashed?

    An unbrainwashed person would investigate both sides of a case before selling you one based on assumption.

    There have been cases of brainwashed atheists. Read what Madalyn Murray O’Hair did to her family.

    Human beings are mammals and mammals build relationships naturally. Some people are even born believers. Read Justin Barrett on it.

    We have to be taught to by false teachers to tear those relationships down.

    So learn to think for yourself.

    One thing is for sure. A lot of atheists are not fully examining the evidence or giving God credit for anything. They cherrypick too much and shout too loudly and crudely what they cherrypicked to try and badger you into unbelief.

    But a person of self control can think for himself. He is strongminded and doesn’t give in to brainwashing techniques like this pud exhibits.

    For what it is worth only the Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God. I have to study more on the 613 mitzvot but there are actual students of God’s Word who write works on God’s Law like Dr. Stephen E. Jones did in his series on Deuteronomy.

    Then you have students of God’s Word who grew up free of early intellectual training in the scriptures that say you can divine God’s plan free of hermeneutics. You can see them over at the God’s Plan for All site.

    God’s Word and Plan can be a bit like a puzzle. The more pieces you fit together the more everything comes into sight so read it for yourself until everything comes into sight and don’t let another person block you from seeing.

    • pud

      Demonstrate that any “god” exists or ever has existed. Thought so

      • Matthew 22:37

        God already demonstrated His existence through general revelation. So I really don’t have to prove anything.

        What I have is my intuition but some people don’t believe in intuition though many truths have been obtained by using it.

        Go read up on Srinivasa Ramanujan. The mathematician who used his intuition to advance mathematics. All the Cambridge professors who couldn’t follow his intuition insisted on him proving his intuition with proofs.

        Some of his intuitions are still being proven right today.

        So stay locked up baby stepping in your logic.

        “Logic is the servant of intuition.” Roger Sperry

        • Truths can never be established by intuition. If logic is the servant of intuition, than it’s no wonder you are a religious fruitcake, deceived by every “wind of doctrine”.

      • All contingency requires the uncontingent. All causality requires the uncreated.

        God is what we call the uncreated, uncontingent Prime Mover.

        • pud

          Therefore Zeus, Oden, Ganesh and Allah…got it!

          • Again, God is the uncreated, uncontingent Prime Mover. The creator of being, not a mere being like you.

            All of the demons you listed there are created, contingent beings like you are. Just like all demons are created, contingent brings.

            One of those demons you try to invoke here is for-sure dead.

          • What evidence is there that demons exist? Is there any more evidence than for the existence of fairies or leprechauns?

          • As Chesteton said, evil is the most easily empirically seen thing in the world.

            That you cannot recognize it is because, like CS Lewis said, evil men cannot recognize evil.

            For example, it looks totally absurd to people who aren’t you that you deny demons and yet you do everything they want.

          • You say that demons are invisible entities, yet you provide no real evidence for their existence. You allege that I am doing everything such imaginary beings want. What nonsense!

          • The evidence is your unquestioned service as well as the clear presence of evil.

            you try to use a semantic trick where you claim I give no evidence (natural, byproduct of observation) for things above the material world.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Mostly what atheists do is attempt to tear down the Christian reality which is the truth and replace it with their own error.

            That is pride at it’s worst.

            Their distortion of common reality is really bad but they don’t mind trying to force it on others.

            They question and want access to people to tear down their faith because they suppressed a knowledge of God in themselves cf. Romans 1.

            They basically want to interrogate people not debate. Interrogate like a jailer probably because their own minds are jailed.

            They replace the reality of their senses with another system, science, rather than trust in their own mind’s ability to weigh the truth of a matter when the brain is a weighing and judging instrument.

            If I can’t trust my own mind on certain matters then what good is it having a mind.

            I am going to surrender my mind to an evil minded, weak willed person’s authority? When these people cannot even treat Christians with respect?

            No atheists just spend all their time invalidating the image of God in themselves so they can stay evil and weak and do whatever they please regardless of social consequences. But a lot of evil tendencies and addictions run in families. That is social reality.

            Only those engaging in reality denial buck social reality and the reality of their senses to feed their personal delusion of superiority.

            God said faith is by hearing so our senses are good enough to judge by unless you let some fallible person delude you into questioning your own mind and thinking it isn’t good enough.

            People make life and death judgments every day without resorting to science.
            You drive a car without any need of relying on science.

          • Matthew 22:37

            Yes, it is totally strange how dedicated atheists are to destroying the character of theists. They theorize falsely about us then project these false stereotypes onto Christians.

            Look at pud stalking Pastor Wellman for years to verbally abuse him.

            It is definitely spiritual blindness and/or a reprobate mind behind that because the history of the world is littered with personal examples of true discipleship.

            But the atheists always ignore the super good Christians in this world and like to re-classify them as delusional rather than see them as inspired by God.

            These really good, holy people are hard to miss but the atheists just keep denying they exist just like they deny Jesus’ existence. When they feel threatened then they verbally stone them projecting their own unresolved evil onto them.

            I don’t know how you miss the overwhelming good some Christian disciples do in this world but atheists refuse to recognize it all the time, take these people and smash them in their own minds.

            I am sure there are demons as the Bible is the truth and speaks of them but I think they are using new tactics in the West right now. Spewing propaganda through the media and fighting in the courts, etc.

            How you can deny the reality of the good works of Christian disciples in your own mind is incredibly unrealistic to me.

            But atheists do it all the time.

            There are many examples of good disciples still extant today so why do we have to lounge around in negativity accomodating sin in our lives the way that an atheist does?

            If you won’t acknowledge sin exists then you will never try to eradicate it in yourself and will stay under it’s influence and control.

            What kind of a weak spirited person allows sin to rule him in his actions and thoughtlife?

    • If you stopped reading Pud after the first sentence or two, how do you know what he wrote? Did God reveal himself to you? And are your private revelations of God, holy Scripture? Are you inerrant, you sanctimonious one? And how do you know that you received private revelations from God? And which god was it that told you what Pud said? And how do you know that it was that god?

      • Because he is just repeating eisegesis (meaning he is reading things into Scripture that aren’t there).

        • Well why don’t you provide the correct exegesis of these passages, instead of alleging eisegesis?

          • I had already blocked the reprobate because of my dealings with him.

            I have no desire to spend hours doing things correctly which he spent minutes to try to lie about. his loss.

          • Well, he did quote you the Scriptures! If he was lying, are you saying that the Scriptures he quoted are lies? You may have no desire to spend hours correctly exegeting (in your view) Pud’s so-called eisegesis, but is this because you don’t know how to exegete such passages?

          • he took some half sentences he thought sounded bad on their own, and the vomited marxism over them in the hopes it created a satanic bulwark around his ego. Doesn’t look like it worked.

            I explained what Levite Laws are, their place, and that they were totally effective as they ensured the survival of the Isrealites. you are just perpetually angry that they involve forcibly removing evil from your society without mercy.