I think it’s love to give children limits and teach them that all actions have consequences — both the good and the bad.
Because I believe in eternity — in eternal life — and I think our short life here on earth, and the deeds we do or don’t do in this relatively short life, have eternal consequences. So how do we live here on earth knowing that the choices we make today will have an impact on our lives in eternity?
We human beings are born with a conscience. Everyone has this little voice inside that tells him what is good and what is evil. No matter where he was born or the circumstances in which he grew up — each one has a conscience.
However, on the other hand, we do have a good deal of selfishness and innate character flaws. We humans are not born with self-control, common sense, and character. These are virtues that we have to learn.
If we had grown up in the country, we would probably still better understand such simple wisdom. We would have learned from an early age that only a tree that is pruned brings us much good, large, sweet fruit. An uncut tree, however, will bear only a little fruit.
On a field or in a bed that you do not weed grows, in addition to what you sow, a lot of weeds. If you do not take care of these in time, it gets out of hand and stifles the harvest.
Such “weeds” also grow up in people and without effort they will get out of hand and choke the good properties.
In my opinion it is love, not to let children grow up in a fantasy world where they think everything revolves around them and their selfish desires. It’s love to teach a small, vulnerable person that there are other people on planet earth that you can take care of and that brings much more fulfillment and satisfaction than being concerned only with yourself.
Children who grow up with the belief that life rotates just around fun and satisfying one’s own desires, become very unhappy adults who feel the same way. And then one day they wake up in reality and are not prepared for difficulties and times where you have to persevere.
Our “good fruit”, our children, were examined for years, tested and highly praised by friends, relatives, neighbors, and also by the authorities. It is obvious that in our community people grow up with character and are prepared for life. Our children were free, happy, open, interested, attentive, respectful, and social.
After abuse allegations against us in the media appeared in the spring of 2012, the head of youth ministry in Donauwörth paid an unannounced visit to Klosterzimmern, in which he spoke with the children without the presence of adults, and after all minor children were medically examined, wrote the following to the Bavarian government:
… To this day, there is no evidence for us that would confirm the allegations. All children act during visits always open and happy; there were no traces of injury observed.
It’s the last time, no messages even from the extended families (e.g. as grandparents or relatives who do not live in the Twelve Tribes) were received by us.
The members of the Twelve Tribes seem very cooperative and open. They were always ready to talk. They show their way of life annually to the public at the ‘Hoffest’…
All medically examined 42 children / adolescents showed no typical skin lesions or injuries typical of child abuse. Also, there were no indications of mental abuse of minors: the parent-child relationship was intact in each child done in the investigation. The study took place in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Our children were once more officially examined (medically) after the raid, on September 5, 2013, and once again no signs of any ill-treatment were found, but this fact was fraudulently concealed by the media.
The Son of God has said in Matthew 7 that a good tree brings forth good fruit, and a bad tree that produces bad fruit.
In our case, all the sweet fruit, namely our children. Do you still want to saw down the tree that brings forth this fruit? Have we “modern” people already completely forgotten how to listen to the simple wisdom that teaches us of nature and its Creator? Have we, in other words set aside what one might call “common sense”?
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:15-18)