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THE  SACRED  CIRCLE,  part  2  quotes

1)     Why, in non-religious family matters, is Christ the head of every man, but not of every woman?
     “...forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is of the man.  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” 1 Corinthians 11:7-9.

     These verses reveal that the man has preeminence in the family.

2)     Since the man has preeminence in the family, does this give him the right to mistreat women?
     “Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:11-12.

     These verses reveal that both men and women stand on an equality with each other, and thus there is no basis for any man to mistreat any woman in any area, or for any woman to mistreat any man in any area.

3)     As all men and women are co-equals with each other, then why in non-religious family matters has God made the head of every wife her own husband?
     “And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat....Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Genesis 3:13, 16.

     These verses reveal that because of sin, the woman was to look up to her husband to lead out, and the husband was to take the lead and rule.  But has this fact of truth changed since we now live in the New Covenent?
     “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Ephesians 5:21-24.

4)     Does this position as head of the family give the husband permission to lord it over his wife, or to mistreat her in any way?
     “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7.

     This verse reveals that if any husband mistreats his wife in any fashion, then God will not hear his prayers.  Without God answering his prayers then this husband will be doomed to a life of misery and failure!

5)     Just as the husband is not to mistreat his wife, so the wife is not to mistreat or usurp authority over her husband.
     “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well”. 1 Peter 3:1-6.

     These verses reveal that there is to be mutual respect and honor shown by the husband to his wife and the wife to her husband.  God desires every husband to love and cherish his wife, and every wife to love, respect and reverence her husband.  
     “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” Colossians 3:18-19.

     “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:3.

6)     Why, in non-religious matters, is the head of the children their father and mother and not Christ?
     “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12.

     “Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be will with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Eph 6:1-3.

     “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:20.

     These inspired passages reveal that when children to honor, respect and obey their father and mother, then God is well pleased and He promises to bless these children with long life upon the land which He will give them -- ultimately the new earth, and they will live forever.

7)     It is essential that parents follow these simple 5 rules in governing their children:

     #1 - Be consistent in your commands.

     #2 - Agree with one another in your commands.

     #3 - Say what you mean.

     #4 - Follow the same family rules you expect your children to obey.

     #5 - Never punish your children in anger.

     Following these simple 5 rules will lead parents to avoid provoking their children to anger, and thus the children will not become discouraged or rebellious in being nurtured towards the Lord.
     “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Colossians 3:21.

     “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4.