Matthew 12:46-49 Someone told Jesus: Your mother and brothers are outside asking to speak to You. Jesus replied: Who is My mother? Who are My brothers?
Luke 14:26 Jesus said: If anyone comes to Me without hating his father, mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even his own life, he can not be My disciple.
I can understand this from a Buddhist perspective. Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Brothers, Fathers, Husbands, Children are all attachments. They are all seductions. All hold one to this life and to this earth. All will distract from the path. After all, Gautama [Shakyamuni] Buddha did, in fact, desert his wife and baby in his search for a path to nibbana.
From a Christian perspective in terms of today’s “Family Values” Christianity, this is difficult to reconcile. It’s difficult to reconcile with the concept of love especially Christian love and the Modernist Nuclear Family.
How then do Christians understand these words? How is this reconciled in Christian circles?
This sounds Muslim to me as if Muhommad was speaking through Ieshua.
Frankly, it makes no sense to me and I do not see how anyone could reconcile this to Modern Christianity.
What Ieshua is really saying here, or so it seems to me, is that in order to be a Christian, one must put him [Christ] above all others. Hate is used extraordinarily here. It must be a translation problem (from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English…you can see where there might have been some difficulties with translation along the centuries).
Jesus is harkening back to the Jealous God routine. I find that preposterous as well. Why can I not love all equally and be a good Christian? Why does Jesus demand that I love him more? How is this love of others or others vs him quantifiable?
In a sense, Ieshua is demanding that we desert our families if we are to join his following. If we are to become a disciple of Jesus, there are no half commitments? He’s gone a bit George W. Bush on us. We’re with him or against him?
I find this unappealing in a creature who is supposed to be a loving God, a perfect being. Jealousy is unbecoming in a leader. It is most unbecoming in a supposedly perfect God figure.
Why can we not simply be good people and follow the teachings of Christ in being good human beings? Why must we be so intent upon his person or spirit?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Unless, of course, you are God or Jesus and then it’s OK to envy, to boast, to be proud and to be rude, self-seeking, easily angered, and to keep records of wrongs.