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Brothers and Sisters
by Wayne Blank
It's not just a matter of appearance. The mother herself now treats her daughter more like a sister than a child (they romp and play together), while the adult daughter no longer looks to her mother to nurture her life. They now simply act like 2 cats who both equally look to a "greater power," a human, to sustain their lives. I have, in effect, become the "parent" to all of them. I was humorously surprised to see that when I take them for their annual shots (rabies vaccinations are legally required in Ontario), they are each recorded on the veterinarian's computer with their first name but my family name.
"Our Father Who Art In Heaven"
There is of course a vast difference between humans and animals. Humans aren't just animals (although "dumb animals" sometimes seem to have more natural wisdom than some humans i.e. animals most often look after themselves as best that circumstances permit, while humans often desire very self-destructive lifestyles). Animals don't have the Fifth Commandment, "Honour thy father and thy mother," nor are humans to act like animals by regarding their parents as equals. That would violate the intent of "Honour thy father and thy mother."
But will there come a time when human parents and children, as they once existed as mortal humans, be then more like brothers and sisters, spiritual brothers and sisters? Is there coming a time when human parents and children will be born again (for what that actually means, according to the Word of God, and when it will actually happen, according to the Word of God, see the Fact Finder question below), together in the same "generation," with the same Father? Will people who are now parents and children some day be the same spiritual age? What does the Holy Bible actually say about it?
Jesus Christ never sinned, which means that He never violated any of the Ten Commandments (see The Decalogue), including the Fifth Commandment, "Honour thy father and thy mother." But the always respectful and obedient firstborn son of Joseph and Mary also said something that referred to the ultimate meaning and purpose of parent:
"call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." (Matthew 23:9 KJV)
Over and over and over again Jesus Christ taught people to look to "our Father" in heaven. It's primarily for that reason that Christians, as a whole, regardless of relation or age difference, called themselves "brothers and sisters" and why Jesus Christ himself is our firstborn brother.
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:45 KJV)
The Biblical term "children of God" isn't just an analogy. It's a future reality that all men ("men" as a species, men and womb-men) can attain:
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3:1-2 KJV)
Fact Finder: When will humans be truly "born again" as brothers and sisters of the Christ?