The Nature of Rebellion

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Cain and Abel
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It is a common expectation that as humans leave childhood behind and approach adulthood we question, test and often rebel.

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The quest to influence life from our emerging person-hood based on what we know (or think we know) is natural; the questioning and expressing what we believe to be correct and even new is good as long as it is done with respect for our elders and GOD.

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Ignoring what our elders know and, have drawn from life’s experiences may seem trite, incorrect, motivated by blind obedience or just passe’ but remember they have learned from actual experience. In the best situations the adolescent soon to become an adult, emerges with little harm to him or her self or to others but, that is not always so:

1 Kings 12:6 ESV

Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?”  …

He Rejected the advice of the old men; instead relied on advice of young men (his peers).

1 Kings 12:8

But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. …

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If you read the whole story you will learn his decision ended up being a disaster.

 

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Many times it seems we humans rather learn from the mistakes we ourselves make (the hard way), then from the wisdom given by our elders (the easy way).

The Old Testament Book of Judges Reveals this pattern clearly: Ignore GOD suffer consequences then return to GOD;

Ignore GOD suffer consequences then return to GOD;

Ignore GOD suffer consequences then return to GOD;

over and over . . . .

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James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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