Jesus Opposed Family Values

   It is very interesting to me how people of one religion can accurately point to flaws and shortcomings in other religions without seeing similar problems in their religion.  Religious movements have a great deal in common with political and social movements. 

   Many contemporary movements have generated a hostile attitude toward the family.  I am very much amused when I hear fundamental “Christians” state their strong support for family values.  Not one of the world’s contemporary movements has been so outspoken in its antagonism toward the family as was early Christianity. 

   Jesus wasted few words: ” For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthey of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthey of me. ”  ( Matthew 10: 35-37.)

   When Jesus was told that His mother and brothers were outside desiring to speak with Him,  Jesus said: ” Who is my mother and who are my brethern?  And He stretched out his hand toward his disciples and said, Behold my mother and my brethern.”  ( Matthew 12: 47-49. )

   Each of the world’s religions has a doctrine of belief.  The effectiveness of a religious doctrine should not be judged by its profundity, sublimity  nor the validity of truths it embraces.  Religious doctrine can only be judged by how thoroughly it insulates the individual from his real self and the world of reality.  All religions seek to do this and the most successful produce the most fanatical believers. 

   Ernst Renan states that we have never, since the world began, heard of a merciful nation.  Nor have we ever heard of a merciful church or a merciful revolutionary party. 

   Sadly there is both good and evil in every world religion.  Unfortunately individuals can not see the evil in their religion nor can they see the good in other religions. 

                                     R. Van Conoley  ( Dedicated to my friend Cooley who can not see any good in any aspect of Islam. )

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