Journal of Environmental Treatment Techniques
2020, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages: 735-738
In monotheism, it was exceedingly important for the
establishment of the norms and rules of the behavior of people,
including the young generation, that the Holy Scriptures
hammered home the message that no one could anywhere or at
any time hide from the Creator’s retribution for violating the
bequeathed commandments, laws and prescriptions, For the
Almighty is omnipresent. He is impartial, eternal and immortal.
He knows about all the sins of all people and He has no
forgiveness for law breakers (7, 10, 16).
All people, wherever and under whatever conditions they
live, were to have “fear of God.” Fear of inevitable punishment
by God. People with the civilizational mentality of monotheism
had the fear of God and His inescapable retribution (7, 10, 16).
Over time, after millennia of maturing within paganism and
monotheism, beginning from the eras of Renaissance,
Enlightenment and Reformation, the mentally “grown up”
mankind began the transition to the scientific world perception.
It was at the transitional stage when the attitudes and values of
the monotheist era were becoming obsolete and the new ones
were still evolving that the violations of the established norms
and rules of behavior characteristic of the modern teenagers and
youth became widespread. It has to be noted that today the
whole world is in a state of transition, logical from the
perspective of the Holy Scripture, from monotheism to the
scientific perception of the world and life in it. Not only
teenagers and young people who have no clear value
orientation corresponding to the bidding of the “new times” but
the overwhelming majority of grown-ups in practically all
countries were left without clear benchmarks concerning “good
and evil, life and death.”
Moreover, by abandoning the world perception and the
norms and rules characteristic of monotheism, which lent
meaning to human life on earth by promising paradise in
heaven, many of our contemporaries found themselves in a
situation of “purposeless, meaningless, dead-end existence”
limited to “carnal passions, goals and concerns.”
Hence, in our opinion, the loss of so-called “spirituality”
and the emergence of moral “permissiveness.” This is logical.
If all human orientations are focused on earthly existence, then
gratification of one’s intentions and desires inevitably becomes
the purpose of man’s existence on earth.
Needless to say, there can be no return to the former
worldview, behaviors and values. As for example St.Paul’s
precept: “The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ
is the head of the church people. The church is his body and he
saved it. Wives should obey their husbands ...” (10).
Such phenomena as extra-marital sex, homosexualism,
lesbianism and other “deadly sins” are today allowed under the
law in the shape of divorce and same-sex marriages in dozens
of countries. All this confronts us with the vital questions of
what norms and rules modern teenagers and youth should live
by. What should determine their values and accordingly, their
moral world? What should be the relationships between
children and parents, husband and wife, man and woman,
among peers and with elders, etc. The answers to these
questions are not as easy as they may appear to be.
teenagers and youth the need for unconditional and unstinting
compliance with national legislation.
Because teenagers and youth, owing to their physiological,
psychological and behavioral features, are more aware of the
need to shape personal and social qualities that correspond to
the fundamentally new stage in the development of humanity
marked by the scientific perception of the world and the
corresponding life activity.
Let us not forget that the main purpose of the Holy Legends
of paganism and the Holy Scriptures of monotheism was to
introduce the norms and rules of behavior into the life and daily
practices of people. These have successfully performed their
functions over millennia.
Thus it follows from the above that promoting legal
consciousness and law abidance is one of the most important
tasks facing the modern system of education in our country.
Especially against the background of legal nihilism existing in
our country. Hence for all the state and social institutions in our
country the paramount task is to explain the features of the
fundamentally new mental era which mankind has entered. To
explain that tolerance of diverse views, opinions and positions,
modes of thinking, way of life, tastes and preferences of other
people, ethnic groups and peoples is of paramount importance.
For the scientific world perception, unlike the religious world
perception with its dogmas, cannot exist without constant
discussions, arguments, “brain storming,” pluralism of
opinions and positions, and awareness that “the final truth”
does not exist and that the process of cognizing the world is
infinite, that the social life of modern people cannot exist
without the supremacy of the law, with constant renewal of
outdated legislative acts. One need hardly argue that practically
all the achievements of modern people in all the spheres of life
are the products above all of their intellectual activity beginning
from achievements in the field of medicine and technology and
ending with sports, the arts and culture.
That is why we are convinced that it is necessary to explain
to teenagers and young people that a transition of mankind from
the religious world perception and life according to the
Scriptures to a scientific perception of the world and
compliance with secular laws of their home country or the
country of residence is inevitable. In addition, one should work
tirelessly to shape law awareness and law abidance of children,
teenagers and young people stressing the study of the basics of
the laws of their country and international law. To this end, we
believe that the curricula of all the countries in the world should
include as a separate discipline, the history of law, which,
adapted to the age of children, teenagers and young people,
would reveal the logical nature of the transition of ethnic groups
and peoples from pagan mentality and law to canonical law and
from there to the modern secular legislation and human law
It has to be stressed that the relentless integration and
migration processes unfolding in recent decades make the
problem particularly urgent for all countries. For it involves an
inevitable clash between representatives of different ethnic
groups and peoples which not only have their peculiarities but
find themselves at different civilizational stages.
As for concrete ways and methods and means by which our
education institutions can form legal consciousness and law
abidance among teenagers and youth in our country this, we are
convinced, merits a separate publication.
Some (above all the clergy) believe that the norms and rules
should be determined strictly in accordance with those set forth
in the Holy Scriptures. (17). Others, including the authors of
this study, suggest that it should be the norms enshrined in the
legal systems of modern states. These norms are the products
of intellectual activities of people who become mature enough,
as the Holy Scriptures predicted, to make their own laws (8).
That is why, in our opinion, the key task of state and private
education institutions in the country should be the shaping of
legal awareness and law abidance of all citizens, instilling in
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