Defining The Family

Defining The Family - LESSON 1 Defining the Family Linda...

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4 LESSON 1 Defining the Family Linda Poitras “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). FOCUS Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language defines a family as: 1. A group consisting of parents and their children; 2. The children of two parents; 3. A group of people closely related by blood; or 4. A group consisting of individuals descended from a common ancestry. The Revell Bible Dictionary defines the same term in almost the exact way as Webster’s : 1. The nuclear unit of a husband, wife, and their children; 2. A larger group of persons linked by common descent; 3. All those dependent on the head of a family. It is really quite simple. Every person ever born, in any country of the world, is a member of some family. Every government in the world is based on the family unit, and every nation is only as strong as the families that call it home. What I Have Learned INTRODUCTION God spoke to Abraham and promised to bless all the families of the earth because of his faithful obedience. We know that Abraham’s family produced the Saviour of the world. But Jesus came to the earth in the same way everyone does—He was part of a family. Noah’s sons were sent out from the ark and told to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. Shem, Ham, and Japheth obeyed and fathered every known civilization. From the beginning, the family has been the foundation of every nation. Every empire that has ever fallen did so because of the weakness of the families in it. In his book Family and Civilization, written in 1947, Carl Zimmerman, a Harvard University professor who studies social trends, listed these characteristics found in every major world empire before its collapse: Marriage lost its sacredness; Alternative forms of marriage were allowed; Feminist movements flourished; Parenting became more difficult; Adultery was celebrated, not punished; Sexual perversions abounded, including bestiality (sex with animals), but especially incest (sex with close family members, such as father and daughter), and homosexuality (sex between two men or two women). Unless we work together, the institution of the family will die. When it does, our nation and world will crumble. BACK TO THE BASICS Biologically, every child is part of a family unit where he should be accepted and needed. Everyone is related by blood to a family that he usually lives with—at least until he is old enough to take care of himself. According to the article entitled, “Family,” from Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia: 1. The nuclear family includes any two or more persons related to one another by blood, marriage, or adoption and who share a common residence. 2.
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