Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise). That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
We live in a culture that pushes tolerance, and tolerating other people (while not necessarily their ideas) is a Biblical concept. However, tolerance of people must never send a message of accepting falsehood. Tolerance in the extreme would ultimately result in lawlessness, and even non-Christians have to agree that at some point, absolutes must be established for societies to function.
The Biblical view of authority and absolutes begins with an understanding that God blesses selfless submission wherever He finds it. When our lives are under the umbrella of authority that God has established, we can expect to be blessed by Him. As legacy leavers seek to submit themselves, they must also work out the issue of submission in their followers. Biblical discipline is therefor a tool for facilitating the correcting thinking about authority. Christians must remind themselves of Biblical truth when it comes to corporal punishment and view discipline as an opportunity to correct attitudes rather than merely control actions. A priority on understanding Biblical authority will reap dividends in the lives of followers.
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