a New Look at family teaching
Part 1

Gen1..In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of GOD was hovering over the face of the vapour.

Is45..18 For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is GOD, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: "I the LORD, and no other."
Jn1..In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD.
2 He was in the beginning with GOD.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Acts17..24 GOD, who made the world and everything in it, since He is LORD of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
25 Nor is He worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
27 So that they should seek the LORD, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, "For we are also His offspring."
29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of GOD, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising.
30 Truly, these times of ignorance GOD overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 Because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.

Col1..15 He is the image of the invisible GOD, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19 In Him it was pleasing for all the fullness to dwell,
20 And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

GOD alone teaches all truth, but very few humble themselves to learn
His truth; instead, man seeks worldly knowledge contrary to pure truth.
GOD teaches from His perspective, as He is the Designer, Creator, Developer,
Maintainer, Instructor, Judge over the complete universe, seen and unseen.
GOD teaches from His perspective, as He is pure, perfect, holy, so is our Author,
Origin, Source of all pure ideas, knowledge, truth, wisdom, or His mind.
GOD, from Gen1, established, "fathered," nurtured, prospered then closed a series
of human civilizations, directly imparting natural law, higher or holy law, Ex20.
GOD today, is imparting His truth; enabling, nurturing, training mankind to
advance business, communications, medicine, physics, etc, for His glory.
GOD today, is proving His word; from molecular biology to supernovae,
man is being compelled to see a grand design throughout the universe.
GOD's glory can be seen in His creation; but the current church fails
to teach basic creation principles, or the basic wonders of our GOD.
GOD must establish a new family teaching ministry, pooling Jn14 level
specialists in all fields, enabling a monthly review of facts, not theory/myth.

1Cor2..6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are perfect, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
7 But we speak the wisdom of GOD in a mystery, the hidden which GOD ordained before the ages for our glory,
8 Which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the LORD of glory.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from GOD, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by GOD.

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of GOD, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one.
16 For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

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GOD-given Conundrum
to force USA to choose between GOD's basic law and
satan's way "devising evil by law" Ps94:20 into damnation,
as GOD established natural law and His basic law Deut5
that we respect life in all forms from the beginning to the end.

The Lacy Peterson Conundrum
By Lee Bockhorn
The Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2003

     In April, prosecutors in California announced that they would charge Scott Peterson with double homicide in the murder of his wife, Laci, and their eight-month-old unborn son, Conner. Mavra Stark, the president of a New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women, reacted with alarm: "If this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder."
     The politically savvy folks at NOW headquarters quickly distanced themselves from Ms. Stark's statement, and it's easy to see why. In a national Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released on April 25, 84% of registered voters agreed that the double homicide charge was appropriate. What might happen to NOW's paradise of unfettered abortion if a big part of that 84% made the same inference as Ms. Stark?
     Congress is now considering an Unborn Victims of Violence Act; Laci Peterson's family recently asked the bill's sponsors to re-name it after Laci and Conner. Along with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (signed into law by President Bush last August) and a federal ban on partial-birth abortion (now working its way through Congress), the unborn-victims law embodies the incrementalist strategy pursued by pro-life groups over the past 15 years. That strategy is largely the brainchild of Amherst College Prof. Hadley Arkes.
     Scott Peterson is charged with double homicide, but late-term abortions are OK?
     In "Natural Rights and the Right to Choose" (Cambridge, 302 pages, $28), Mr. Arkes provides a bracing account of a grave moral catastrophe and his own efforts to repair it. Beginning in the late 1980s, he proposed a "modest first step": a law protecting the lives of children who survive abortions (which became the Born-Alive Act). The purpose of this bill (and later, the partial-birth abortion and unborn victims laws) was to re-establish certain premises in the law: that the unborn child has intrinsic worth and dignity -- regardless of whether it is "wanted" -- and thus deserves the law's protection.
     For Mr. Arkes, the right to choose an abortion has not merely resulted in the deaths of some 1.3 million unborn children each year; it is symptomatic of a larger crisis in American government. Our legal and political elites, in their effort to make abortion a constitutional right, have abandoned the natural-rights teachings of the American Founders -- in much the way defenders of slavery did in the 19th century.

[See Moral Instruction]


     The Founders -- and Abraham Lincoln after them -- believed that through reason men could discern from nature unchanging principles of right and wrong. One of these principles is that human beings are free and equal, each possessing an intrinsic worth and dignity: No man is by nature the ruler over another man, in the way that men naturally rule over animals or GOD rules over man. Legitimate government must therefore have the consent of the governed, as the Founders expressed most clearly in the Declaration of Independence.
     Mr. Arkes wants to vindicate this doctrine against legal positivism, which has held sway for more than a century now. That theory claims there is no natural law, no higher standard by which we can measure the justice of man-made "positive" law. Absent this standard, Mr. Arkes notes, the very definition of human nature -- and thus, of "human rights" -- is left to the vagaries of majority opinion. That would include the "right to choose" an abortion.
     Though Mr. Arkes's book is something of a melange -- part legal and intellectual history, part political philosophy, part polemic, part memoir -- it succeeds brilliantly in tracing the effects of the decision to reject natural rights. He shines at exposing sloppy logic and sophistry. Many legal luminaries -- Richard Posner and Laurence Tribe among them -- fall victim to Mr. Arkes's penetrating mind. Nor does he spare such eminent conservative jurists as William Rehnquist and Robert Bork, who promote their own versions of legal positivism.
     Ultimately, Mr. Arkes seeks to recover an understanding of republican self-government that doesn't cede matters of moral import to a judiciary that itself rejects the idea of objective moral standards. The purpose of "modest steps" like the Born-Alive Act, he says, is to start a political conversation. He believes that the public, led by such modest steps toward a better understanding of principle, will eventually recognize the incoherence of simultaneously believing (for instance) that Conner Peterson is a murder victim and that de facto abortion on demand is morally acceptable.
     Indeed, what separates Conner from an aborted late-term fetus? Merely that Conner's mother "wanted" him, while the mothers of most aborted fetuses do not "want" their children. On that basis, human beings only possess the rights that others believe it is in their self-interest to accord to them. As both the Founders and Lincoln never failed to argue, down that road lies tyranny. Mr. Arkes reminds us that, whether the issue is slavery, abortion or something else, it is possible to go through the outward motions of democracy quite affably while accepting premises that destroy the moral foundation upon which self-government stands.
     Mr. Bockhorn is associate editor at The Weekly Standard.

Natural Rights & the Right to Choose, by Hadley Arkes: Cambridge, 302 pages, $28.