Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord


#1

We are asked to obey our parents unless they ask us to do something against Church teachings.

But what about if they give a command without full understanding of the topic? If we go against something our parents tell us to do, but they have an inaccurate understanding of it, would this be a sin? (Assuming doing said action isn’t sinful itself.)


#2

I think it’d depend on the situation. There’s also the chance you only think they misunderstand the situation. So if you give us some examples, it might provide more useful discussion.


#3

If your parents tell you to do something, AND it isn’t immoral or doesn’t contradict the fullness of the Christian faith, it would be a sin against the commandment to honor our father and mother if we go against them intentionally*, even if we don’t think they fully understand.

(*Assuming we are bound to obedience to them, as in the case of being minors who still live with their parents, etc…).


#4

Our obedience isn’t necessarily blind though. IF we think they don’t understand, it’d be acceptable to debate it.


#5

I imagine there are many deeds or actions a parent can ask a child to do that would be unwise to obey, but not necessarily or specifically outlined in church teaching.

So a child must also use one’s own judgement regarding what they are asked or told to do by a parent. A parent isn’t infallible or automatically wiser just because they are the parent.
There may be times when the child knows better or best.

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#6

But don’t all teens understand things better than thier parents. I know I did!:stuck_out_tongue:


#7

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