In Corrie ten Boom's book, The Hiding Place, why does Corrie's father refuse to accept the German soldier's offer to let him go?

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Casper ten Boom was a remarkable man. His whole being was caught up in doing the will of God at all times. Even in his watch shop he would pray for direction on repairing a particular timepiece. He led his family in daily Bible reading and devotions. When the war began, he took in the Jews because he understood that they are God's chosen ones and that God's law is higher than man's.

When he was arrested at age 84, along with his four children and a grandchild, he submitted to the authority of the Nazis, but never denied his God. When one of the Nazi soldiers asked him what the Bible said about obeying the government, Casper replied with scripture: Fear God and honor the king.

The chief interrogator at the the Hague offered Caspar a way out, but Casper ten Boom answered according to his faith:

The Gestapo chief leaned forward, "I'd like to send you home, old fellow," he said, "I'll take your words that you won't cause any more trouble.

I could not see Father's face, only the erect carriage if his shoulders and the halo of white hair above them. But I heard his answer.

"If I go home today," he said evenly and clearly, "tomorrow I will open my door again to any man in need who knocks."

Casper ten Boom's faith was evident in every action of his life, even though in the end, it cost him his own. Casper ten Boom died in prison only ten days after his arrest.

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