Parents give rules to their children. Is it to impose their authority? To see the children bow down?

Or is it true guidance to save their lives?  

It is true guidance. Do true parents worry about their authority? Do they want to oppress their children? No; they want to educate their children and keep them alive so they can grow up!

When parents give a rule to their children, they do so for the child’s benefit.

When parents give a rule to their children, for example, don’t run into the street, they do so for the child’s benefit. When we tell our children, don’t smoke, go to church, pray, don’t have sex before marriage, we may not realize it, but we are imitating God. We want our children to live happy, fulfilled lives. That desire comes from the parent’s original mind.

Do true parents create a frivolous rule just to see if their children will obey it, and then punish them if they don’t? Never. They say “don’t run into the street” because it really is dangerous. Of course we want our children to obey, but it’s not to impose our authority or oppress our children. It’s to keep our children safe.

Let’s imagine a scenario like this: A father tells his son, “Don’t cross this line, or I’ll punish you.” You ask him, “Why did you say that?” and he answers, “To test his obedience.” Everyone would judge such a father to be defective.

And yet, some think that God’s Commandment, “don’t eat the fruit, or you’ll die,” was to test Adam and Eve’s obedience. They look at God as a would-be tyrant who imposes an arbitrary rule in order to prove His authority.

True Parents teach us that obeying God’s rule gives us true freedom.

But was God’s desire to impress Adam and Eve with His authority? Or was it to guide them to receive blessings?

Moses gave the Law. Was it to oppress the Israelites? Or was it to show the path of life?

Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount. Was it to undermine the Teachers of the Law? Or was it to show us how to be perfect?

The serpent told Eve that obeying God’s rule would make her unfree and keep her immature. True Parents teach us that obeying God’s rule gives us true freedom, true knowledge and true maturity. It allows the child’s heart in us to blossom.


  1. Parents are motivated by love; to protect the child’s well being. The restraint of the naive urge for immediate gratification … is the beginning of learning precautionary thought, avoiding particular harms, and lays the foundation for long term success.


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