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BECOMING A BIBLICAL FAMILY TODAY Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:36

HOLINESS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

"Jesus is Lord" is the title is used by the Apostles to assert that Jesus is God.  Confessing that belief is essential for Salvation (Romans 10:9, Philippians 2:11).  And God is holy- not only all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present, but "Holy".  To confess that Jesus is Lord means Jesus is God which mean Jesus is Holy.  The Biblical starting point for all consideration of Ethics and Moral teaching is not simply Love or the "Sermon on the Mount",  it is the Holiness of God.

I have tried to work out a Biblical approach to economic and social issues in America, trying to accommodate the reality that we are a pluralistic and secular Society [albeit a religious one]. Principles that are Liberal or Progressive, Conservative or Libertarian are inadequate.  None of them have a foundation or basis upon which to build any Policy, eg about economic inequality, the minimum wage or matters such as healthcare insurance other than a foundation of political compromise [the rule of the Majority of - something] or pragmatism or some ideology about what makes America great.  What is missing in all of them is God, particularly the Holiness of God.  These economic and social issues all are moral issues.  And the measure of "moral" is the nature and character of God as that is revealed in Christian Scripture, i.e.- His Holiness.  "Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. (Lev.19:2)

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BECOMING A BIBLICAL FAMILY TODAY Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:28

WHAT DOES A HOLY MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LOOK LIKE?

The Decalogue begins with the declaration that God and God alone is to be worshiped.  It proceeds to command that the Sabbath on which God is to be worshiped is to be treated as holy and then, next, parents  are to be honored.

Definition of "Honor": To treat with dignity and respect, particularly acknowledging their authority.

Treating God as holy and honoring parents go together.  Both God and Parents are to be honored and obeyed.  The reason for this?  Parents, especially the Father, is to represent God to their children.  They are responsible to teach their children the Law of God (The Torah)

Exodus 20:12, Leviticus 19:1-3, Deut 4:1-10, Deut 6:4-7+20ff, Psalm 78:1-8, Prov. 17:6,  Prov.19:26, Eph.6:1-3, Col.3:20

To disrespect (curse, blaspheme) Parents is to disrespect (curse, blaspheme) God

Lev.24:16 Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him.
Lev.20:7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. 8 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you. 9 For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death;

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BECOMING A BIBLICAL FAMILY TODAY Part 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 13:23

Among the primary forces, especially in the last 150 years, that have undermined this Biblical Model are Urbanization  (leaving the farm to live in urban areas for jobs, career); Individualization (the desire and freedom to "move out" to find and be who one is as an individual (a variety of Liberation and Rights Movements and changing Laws contributed to this).  In the Biblical Model, Self identity and preservation are found within the Family;  Industrialization and the accompanying Commercialization- getting jobs outside the Home and having the mobility (the car and train) to do that; the Welfare State assuming the duties of  parents such as Protection, Education, Health care and Retirement.  Immigration and Travel (including the Wars) and Entertainment (movies, Jazz, etc) also were factors that influenced change in morals and mores.  All these developments have a corrosive effect on the Biblical Family Model.  Of course, Liberalism and Secularism undermined its religious foundation.

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INVALID ARGUMENTS FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 19 April 2013 18:27

Jennifer Roback Morse of The Ruth Institute defends traditional marriage to young people.  These are her major arguments taken from a World e-zine interview along with my response.

http://www.worldmag.com/2013/04/traditional_marriage_apologetics

[W.] How do you approach the issue?

[M.] "Often with young people I’ll start off with no-fault divorce. [As a result] marriage is no longer presumed to be permanent. It’s a huge structural shift and young people have already been wounded by divorce. You go on any college campus, religious or not, and kids in that audience have been hurt by two or three divorces, or their mom going through a series of boyfriends."

[CF]  I do not see how this works as an argument for traditional, ie- heterosexual Marriage

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Biblical Basics for Marriage from Genesis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 13:46

Why God instituted Marriage: to cultivate and care for Creation

Genesis 2:4 ... the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the groundâ 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. [BUT] V.18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone [to do this work].  God had said everything [He had made] was good (1:31). This is the first “not good” in the Bible cf 1 Cor 11:8f; 1 Tim 2:13   Man being by himself is not good.

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