Hierarchy Of Commands

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by God_be_with_you, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Hello everyone! I'm hoping that his thread will be an exciting and groundbreaking project that we can all work on.

    Those of you who have read my posts before already know that I have an obsession concerning ethics and moral choices, particularly in the face of seemingly no-win situations. Those of you who replied to my posts have helped me realize a very important truth; that not all of God's/Jesus' commands to us are equal in priority and circumstance. Sometimes commands conflict with one another, and one must take precedence over the other.

    I suspect that if we know the priority of God's/Jesus' commands, we will find more peace and clarity when we have to make the tough decisions. So I would like to ask all of your help in establishing the correct order of these commands.

    Here's what I'm looking for: John Doe posts and states that between love your neighbor and obey authority, such and such a command over rules the other when a situation seems to cause those two commands to contradict one another.
    Here are some other examples of commands that could possibly conflict and must find resolution:
    authority vs honesty
    love your neighbor
    vs honesty
    love your neighbor
    vs don't cast your pearls before swine
    give all that is asked of you
    vs provide for your family
    obey your parents
    vs obey government
    obey your parents
    vs love your neighbor
    obey your parents
    vs honesty

    The list goes on and on. Thank you all in advance for helping me figure these things out. I'll be popping in here and there to thank people for their contributions and to stir the pot with new ideas. God bless! =D
  2. #2 ixoye_8, Dec 18, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013
    I think Jesus pretty much answers your question here ..

    Mat 22:37
    Mat 22:38
    “This is the great and foremost commandment.
    Mat 22:39
    “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

    to love God, is not to sin ..
    therefore ALL Commandments rest on that one ..
    to love your neighbor as yourself is the compassion and holiness God requires of us .. thus all things concerning others fall under that ..

    the 10 Commandments are the Highest and Eternal, as you see in Mat 19:17 Jesus says that is MANDATORY to gain salvation ..

    obeying authority is not a commandment, and as we see in Acts was trumped by the Commandment to Love God ..
    Act 5:28
    saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
    Act 5:29
    But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

    interesting enough, you will find a distinction is made between Commandments, Statutes and Laws ..
    Neh 9:14
    “So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, and laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, through Your servant Moses.

    if a parent or authority makes you choose between obeying God or them, then they have lost their the divine mandate .. so we cannot obey our parents or authority if they try and make us break the "foremost Commandment" as Jesus calls it .. nor is obeying them honoring them, but helping them sin against God ..
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  3. 1. Honesty is loving your neighbour.
    2. Not casting your pearl before your neighbour is tough love.
    3. Always give all that is asked of you. Just give in the right order. Family and some savings first! Then support for the church. When funds run dry they are dry.

    Ixoye nailed the rest.

    Kudos for an innovative subject to discuss (y). Sadly this subject is as simple as 1. Obey God and 2. Do unto your neighbour as you would want done unto you.

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