Richard G. Mendoza, MPH, PHD
Pr. Richard Mendoza works at the Central Luzon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. An educator and promoter of health, he complements his advocacies with spiritual and valuesoriented insights.
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After the successful 2017 TV-series “Ika-6 na Utos,” GMA Network launched on September 10 another television drama series entitled, “Ika- 5 Utos” (Fifth Commandment). Directed by Laurice Guillen, it stars Jean Garcia, Valerie Concepcion and Gelli de Belen. While the former series dealt with adultery, the new series deal with murder and killing.
However, it has to be stressed that both are not the real sixth and fifth commandments, respectively. The most accurate basis is the Bible, and it is recorded on the 20th chapter of Exodus, which contains the following:
The Ten Commandments
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any gravenimage, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbour’s.
Notice that the 2nd command can’t be seen in the written Ten Commandments found in the Cathechism and in front of most of the Christian churches today, thus many are not aware of the discrepancies. Since the 2nd was omitted, the 4th was moved upward to become the 3rd command. And because one was omitted it lacked one to become ten thus the 10th command was divided into two to become the 9th and the 10th. Thus the 7th became the 6th, and the 6th became the 5th as well in order to fill the vacancy created by the omission of the 2nd commandment.
I have already expounded on the topic in my previous column, lest I become redundant, let me now deal with the real, true, genuine and original fifth commandment as written by the very finger of God. Exodus 31:18 says, “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, and tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”
The 5th Commandment states, “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 KJV). Notice that all except the 4th and the 5th starts with the archaic form command “Thou shall not”. While the 4th explains the reason for the command, the fifth is the only command with a promise, the promise of long life.
Yes, the reward is long life to those who will honor their father and mother. Quoting the 5th command, Paul further admonished, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise), that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth,” (Eph. 6:1-3 KJV) and again he says, “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord” (Col.3:20 KJV).
Please note that while Paul indicates the inclusion of present believers to adhere to the command (not only applicable to the Israelites), there’s a difference between obeying and honoring as seen in Ephesians. While children and minors who are not yet mature enough to decide for themselves have to obey their parent’s, adults don’t have to, especially when the mental effects of old age already limit the parents. They should however honor their parents by taking care of them, helping them, treating them with dignity and respect in their older age. While they are able, it is always wise to seek our parents’ counsel because of their wisdom and experiences. Our interest is foremost to them and they care for what’s best for us. In response to their sacrifices and love, let us show our love and honor to our parents (inspite of their shortcomings) while they are still alive, not when they won’t know and feel anymore.
Medical and scientific researchers have also proven that good relationship between children and parents affects health and longevity in positive ways. “Children with close emotional ties to parents are healthier at midlife. A Harvard study by Dr. Stanley King, et al. randomly chose 126 healthy men from Harvard classes and followed them for 35 years with detailed medical and psychological histories. Result shows that 45 percent of those who perceived that they had had a warm, close relationship in childhood with both mother and father had diagnosed diseases in midlife. At the other end of the spectrum 100 percent of those who perceived low warmth and closeness with both parents had diagnosed diseases in midlife. Note the tremendous impact of warmth and closeness on biological health.” (Ornish, Dean, M.D. Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.pp32-35.)
Obey the true 5th command of God to honor your parents and be blessed, not only materially, not only with long life here on earth, but even through eternity.
Nov 2018 Health and Lifestyle