Posted by Dena on September 5, 2003, at 19:30:33
In reply to Re: miracle healing » Dena, posted by rayww on September 5, 2003, at 19:10:08
> Dena, once again all I can say/think is "wow". Your thoughts run deep, but they always seem to connect. If first impressions/reactions count, after reading this my first feeling was "this is a strong argument for traditional marriage", but I doubt you'll catch my train of thought without writing more, and I have no time today to write. Catch you later.
Let me see if I can catch your runaway train of thought...
If it's true that our earthly father represents to us (in our childhood) our heavenly Father, then what a tragedy befalls the children who have no father, whether by death, divorce, abandonment or choice (such as when the mother elects to have a baby without a father).
I make no judgements here. I understand that divorce happens. I applaud the mothers who adopt children who would otherwise grow up in foster homes or institutions. (I suppose I do hold judgement against any parent, father or mother, who would abandon their own child.) Death, of course, requires no explanation.
But, I do believe that God established the family as the first & primary istitution. I do believe that a child grows up best with both a father & a mother who love & respect each other first, and who unconditionally love that child. That is the ideal. I believe that children do suffer if they don't get the whole picture. Of course, they survive regardless of what hand they're dealt. But they thrive when the family operates as God designed it to. I also believe that God will have mercy on the fatherless, the widows & the orphans, because He promised to.
I wonder if it's perhaps more difficult for fatherless children to have a relationship with God - perhaps they would tend to transfer their own father's shortcomings onto God.
Did I at least grab ahold of your train's caboose, Ray?