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Family Values in the New Testament

    Matthew

  1. Jesus tells a man who had just lost his father: "Let the dead bury the dead." 8:21

  2. Families will be torn apart because of Jesus (this is one of the few "prophecies" in the Bible that has actually come true). "Brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." 10:21

  3. Jesus says that he has come to destroy families by making family members hate each other. He has "come not to send peace, but a sword." 10:34-36

  4. Jesus warns us not to love our parents or children too much. We have to make sure that we always love him (who we don't even know existed) more than our family. 10:37

  5. When Jesus' mother and brothers want to see him, Jesus asks, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" So much for Jesus' family values. 12:47-49

  6. Jesus is criticized by the Pharisees for not washing his hands before eating. He defends himself by attacking them for not killing disobedient children according to the commandment: "He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death." (See Ex.21:15, Lev.20:9, Dt.21:18-21) So, does Jesus think that children who curse their parents should be killed? It sure sounds like it. 15:4-7

  7. In the parable of the unforgiving servant, the king threatens to enslave a man and his entire family to pay for a debt. This practice, which was common at the time, seems not to have bothered Jesus very much. 18:25

  8. "It is not good to marry."
    After Jesus denounces divorce, his disciples say that if divorce isn't allowed, then "it is good not to marry." Jesus agrees by saying that it is better to make yourself a eunuch "for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it." 19:10

  9. Abandon your wife and children for Jesus and he'll give you a big reward. 19:29

  10. Jesus tells us to "call no man your father upon the earth." Not even dear old dad? How can we "honor our father" if we refuse to call him our father? 23:9

  11. "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days." Why? Does God especially hate pregnant and nursing women? 24:19

  12. Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to ten virgins who went to meet their bridegroom. 25:1

    Mark

  13. Jesus shows disrespect for his mother and family by asking, "Who is my mother, or my brethren?" when he is told that his family wants to speak with him. 3:31-34

  14. Jesus criticizes the Jews for not killing their disobedient children as required by Old Testament law. 7:9-10

  15. Jesus will reward men who abandon their wives and families. 10:29-30

  16. In the last days God will make things especially rough on pregnant women. 13:17

    Luke

  17. When Jesus' parents begin the long trip back to Nazareth, the twelve year old Jesus stays behind, without even asking for their permission. Mary and Joseph search for him for three days and when they finally find him, Jesus doesn't apologize. Rather, he blames them for not knowing that he was doing his real father's business. 2:43-49

  18. Peter and his partners (James and John) abandon their wives and children to follow Jesus. 5:11

  19. Jesus, when told that his mother and brothers want to see him, ignores and insults them by saying that his mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it. 8:20-21

  20. Jesus won't even let his followers bury their dead parents or say farewell to their families before abandoning them. 9:59-62

  21. Jesus prophesies that families will be divided because of him and his teachings. Sadly, this is one prophecy that has been fulfilled. 12:52-53

  22. Jesus says that his disciples must hate their families (mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children) and themselves. 14:26

  23. If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, you must abandon everything, including your family. 14:33

  24. Abandon your wife and family for Jesus and he'll give you a big reward. 18:29-30

  25. Jesus says that everyone in heaven is single. Does that mean that married people can't go there, that they must get a divorce once they arrive, or what? 20:35

  26. "Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks."
    Families and friendships will be torn apart because of Jesus. 21:16

    John

  27. As an example to parents everywhere and to save the world (from himself), God had his own son tortured and killed. 3:16

  28. Jesus tells his family that he wasn't going to the feast, but later goes "in secret." 7:8-10

    Acts

  29. Peter and God scare Ananias and his wife to death for not forking over all of the money that they made when selling their land. 5:1-10

  30. If you "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ," then you and your whole family will be saved; otherwise, God will send you all to hell. 16:30-31

    Romans

  31. "He that spareth not his own son" shouldn't be trusted by anyone. 8:32

  32. "Esau have I hated." 9:13

    1 Corinthians

  33. Paul wishes that men and woman abstain from sex, but tells them to "come together" to avoid being tempted by Satan. 7:5

  34. Finally, after discouraging marriage for eight verses, Paul concedes that "it is better to marry than to burn." 7:9

  35. Those who are unmarried should never marry. 7:27

    2 Corinthians (None)

    Galatians (None)

    Ephesians

  36. Wives must submit to their husbands "in every thing" as though they were Christ. "For the husband is the head of the wife." 5:22-24

    Philippians (None)

    Colossians

  37. Wives, according to Paul, must submit themselves to their husbands. 3:18

  38. Children should obey their parents "in all things." This verse must be a favorite for Christian parents who abuse their children. 3:20

    1 Thessalonians (None)

    2 Thessalonians (none)

    1 Timothy

  39. "A bishop must be ... the husband of one wife." Apparently, it's OK for laymen to have several. 3:2

  40. You should help a widow only if she 1) is over 60 years old, 2) had only one husband, 3) has raised children, 4) has lodged strangers, 5) has "washed the saints feet," 6) has relieved the afflicted, and 7) has "diligently followed very good work." Otherwise, let them starve. "But the younger widows refuse [to help]: for ... they will marry; having damnation." Besides the young widows are always idle tattlers -- "busybodies, spreading things which they ought not." He adds that "some are already turned aside after Satan." 5:9-15

    2 Timothy (None)

    Titus

  41. A bishop should have only one wife. I guess it's OK for laymen to have several. 1:6-7

    Philemon (None)

    Hebrews

  42. God always hurts the ones he loves. And if God doesn't hurt you, you are a bastard, not a son. 12:6-8

    James

  43. James says Abraham was justified by works (for being willing to kill his son for God); Paul (Rom.4:2-3) says he was justified by faith (for believing that God would order him to do such an evil act). 2:21

    1 Peter

  44. Peter orders all wives to be "in subjection" to their husbands. 3:1

  45. Wives are to use "chaste conversation, coupled with fear." They are not to braid their hair, wear gold, or put on any "apparel." They are to do these things in imitation of the "holy" women of the Old testament who were "in subjection to their won husbands: even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord." 3:2-6

  46. In relation to her husband, the wife is "the weaker vessel." 3:7