Obe­di­ence

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Obe­di­ence is one of the most im­por­tant at­tributes in Chris­tian life. Ac­cord­ing to Matt 7:21, in heaven, is ful­filled in the present by an ac­tive obe­di­ence. How­ever Chris­tian obe­di­ence dif­fers from Ju­daism’s obe­di­ence and prac­tice. In Jewish thought, “it is as a di­vine dis­ci­pline to be ac­cepted by in­di­vid­ual by obe­di­ent sub­mis­sion to God’s will.”58 In Jewish sys­tem there is no faith. They nei­ther be­lieve Je­sus Christ nor ac­cept Him as a sav­ior.

In Chris­tian’s prin­ci­ple, we have obe­di­ence to God through faith. It means humbly, de­vo­tion­ally and loy­ally to sub­mit to God’s rule by obe­di­ence to the com­mand­ments of Je­sus. Even, the Chris­tian’s obe­di­ence can be fol­lowed: “sur­ren­der your life,” in Matt 13:44-46, “for a man to sur­ren­der ev­ery­thing else that he posses in or­der to gain the king­dom.”

Ac­cord­ing to Tan­gelder, “free­dom to obey, the norms that gives struc­ture to our hu­man ex­is­tence free­dom as sub­ject to re­spon­si­bil­ity.”59 He ar­gued Chris­tians

have free­dom, but it doesn’t mean ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity. He said, “each Col­lege should have the free­dom to do its re­search in line with its con­fes­sional po­si­tion.”60

Fur­ther­more, Chris­tians are in­structed to be­have as free­doms among fam­ily. Ex­am­ple, the Chris­tian women are re­quested to be sub­mis­sion to the hus­band (Col 3:18). As well as the “chil­dren obey to par­ents” (Col 3:20). Also it said the “slave obey to master” (Col 3:22). It in­structed obe­di­ence is for easy and smooth re­la­tion­ship among fam­ily, like fa­ther-son re­la­tion­ship, also in a work place, like as a master-slave re­la­tion­ship and etc.

God is in­deed to be obeyed, since his will is in­vi­o­lable, but obe­di­ence is not the high­est virtue. Even Satan and the damned shall ul­ti­mately obey him.61 So def­i­nitely hu­man are re­quest to obey God, as well as, among hu­man be­ing, in re­la­tion­ship with par­ents and older per­son.

Ac­cord­ing to the fifth com­mand, “rev­er­ence means that he (the son) must nei­ther stand nor sit in his (the fa­ther’s) place, nor con­tra­dict his words, nor tip the scale against him.”62 It is shown a kind of re­spect and obe­di­ence to your par­ents. More­over, honor means that he must give him food and drink, clothe, and cover him, and lead him in and out.”63 It is shows your honor to your par­ents prac­ti­cally, not just ver­bally. In­deed, it should be ret­ro­spect be­tween old and young, master and slave, and God and crea­ture. Not only one side is re­spon­si­ble, both sides re­spon­si­ble.

Most of these, obe­di­ence, rev­er­ence, and honor are com­monly prac­ticed in Chris­tian­ity as an in­sti­tu­tion such as in churches. Obe­di­ence, rev­er­ence, and honor are also fa­mil­iar in Asian tra­di­tions as ap­pli­ca­ble. Def­i­nitely, Asian Chris­tians are asked to fol­low the prin­ci­ple of obe­di­ence.

Chris­tians need to fol­low bib­li­cal in­struc­tions of obe­di­ence, since Chris­tians want to en­ter free­dom land. Only those who fol­low and show obe­di­ence as part of the re­sult of their faith are en­ti­tled for free­dom land.

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