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When the bible says to honor/respect thy father and mother.

What does it mean ? Do we have to to listen to them and do what they ask? And can parents be wrong ? 

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Of course parents can be wrong. No one is perfect, and we all make mistakes.

But there is no doubt that God expects us to honour and obey our parents.

Eph 6:1-3
(1)  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
(2)  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
(3)  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Where it says to obey, that word actually means more than just doing what you are told - it also carries with it the idea that we should obey with the right attitude. It is easy to do as we are told but not having the right attitude with it.

And where it says "honour", that means to value them or more to the point "to ascribe value" to them. This means that you make them valuable to you.

This doesn't mean that you honour them when they deserve it, but that you honour them and value them because they are your parents.

That is probably not what you want to hear, but the Bible is plain that we are to honour and obey our parents not because they are right, but simply because they are our parents.

We are to value them not because they are good, or even good parents, but because they are our parents.

The ONLY out for that is where they would tell you to do something that is against the Bible and God's Commands.

You should never go against God's Word, but you must find a way to honour them whilst refusing to dishonour God.


Finally, can you say you have always been a perfect child? I am going to answer for you - no, you haven't been. I can safely assume this because no one has ever been a perfect child.

How then can you expect them to be perfect parents? They are made of the same stuff that you are.

I do have one final, final thing to say - if any of this involves personal danger to you, then get yourself out of danger. Once you are safe you can figure out what the best course of action is from there, and how honouring your parents fits with that.







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