In replying to another blog, in the vein of how religions and cults use isolation as a tool in proselytizing, I got this response and it’s been festering. Take a look…
Imbrocata , you misunderstand the verse —”i have come to set a father against son , mother against daughter ..etc”. Jesus sees the abuse of power that happens in a nuclear family , so he was working to extend the family of humanity . WELCOME TO UNIVERSALISM.
notice where the break is –the very axis of power between the generations . this is connected to his ”who are my brother and sisters and mothers ? those who do the will of God ”. actually , Christ is tearing apart the mythos of the family values crowd . it was so in the Med culture as it is today in so called happy christian amerika. all of this family values crap is just that. the family is a cult . Christ sought to break that into a new form of universalism which is all inclusive anti –cultic . he did the same thing with placing the poor over the rich , the famale over the male , et.c this is called ”Inversion theology ”.
i would like to recommend a very insiteful work on this called –”Jesus -a revolutionary bio” –by Jon Dominic Crossan .
However , i do happen to agree with you . i as a christian practioner of 38 years would never break off a relationship with someone becuase they dont believe. that is just silly and very inmature. why ? becuase we are not our ideas . we are all human . LOL
Is anyone else’s head spinning? My basic complaint is that Christianity along with most (all?) other cults will encourage blood relations to sever those family ties in favor of ‘spiritual’ ties. This response says that my misunderstanding is what? That Christ has set up a spiritual family that is greater than the physical families in which we grow up? Isn’t that making my very point?
This is claimed to be ‘inclusive’ when it most definitely not. To be fully inclusive, there can be no conditions which must be met and in this case, ‘those who do the will of God’ is a condition which excludes, necessarily, those who do not do the will of God, nuclear family or no. In this case, those who see spiritual rubbish for the nonsense it is and so, do not do the will of gods or any other non-existent beings, are ex-communicated and shunned from those who count themselves in the pro-mythos set.
My argument stands; It is a mechanism of brain-washing to inculcate the belief that the strain or complete destruction of family relations are none other, and only the result and sign of a strong walk with ‘God’ or other worshipped entity or dogma. Indeed, it actually can and often does become not just the supposed symptom of a pious and religious life, but the very goal which adherents consciously or subconsciously actively seek out. Withdrawal from the individual or family, blaming the individual or family for the withdrawal and justification by pseudo-sanctification.
And notice here the mental gymnastics of one who wishes to disagree with me by supporting my very argument. The confusion is not my own (this time).