"Adults tend to treat children the way they do because of who they think the children are.

But, children tend to be the way they are because of how adults treat them."

Why "Changing Perspectives?"

"A completely unfree society (i.e., one that cannot function except by strict rules of 'conformity' in everything ) will, in its behavior, be unable to solve certain problems. That could jeopardize its ability to survive through difficult situations. A similar remark would also apply to individual human beings." (Gödel, 1961)

Every year, legislators and administrators in each state and in the federal government add new laws, rules, and regulations to coerce and control U.S. citizens. According to “Law Database Coverage Details,” as of September 2021, there were nearly 3.5 million laws in the United States at the federal and state levels. Government officials add thousands of new ones each year. That fact should be sufficient evidence to cause us to conclude that our culture and our sense of morality are going in the wrong direction.

"Which is the great[est][1] commandment in the law?"

According to Matthew (22:36), a lawyer asked Jesus that question.

Below is the response Jesus gave.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." Jesus answered. Then He said, "This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

[1] G3173 (μέγας megas meg'-as) big (literally or figuratively, in a very wide application): - (+ fear) exceedingly, great (-est), high, large, loud, mighty.

Commanding someone to love God or a neighbor and expect that person to obey seems confusing, inappropriate, and illogical to me.

Would our witness be different; would the world be changed if Christians were to view the Greek words translated as 'commandment' and 'law' in Matthew and elsewhere from a different perspective?

What if we viewed (better yet consumed) them as a guide—a set of instructions in a manual that God gives to each of us personally so, in ingesting them following them, we can become unified with Him?

In other words, suppose

  • the commandments comprise a set of instructions like the ones that accompany a piece of furniture that you bring home in a box. If you follow the instructions that you find in the assembly manual, the product will look like the picture on the box as you hoped it would.
  • the commandments function in a way similar to the instructions contained among the 23 chromosomes that exist in the microscopically small, single-cell zygote and guide your physical development, so you could become you? Maybe those chromosomes mirror (or reflect) another set of instructions that guide our spiritual development.
  • Suppose also that each commandment God gives is actually a unified command-promise that comes to us with the capacity and power we need to realize its promise.

I fear that, for much of my life, I was pursuing morality and law (only dimensionless reflections of heavenly) and thus, stopped short of finding the real thing because the reflections were good enough. (e.g., Hebrews 8)