It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday! Jesus is all about love, right? Yes, but only if it is love for him. If it is love for anyone else, that is a problem. Consider today’s verses.
“’Truly I tell you,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.’” – Mark 10:29-31
This is encouragement, directly from the mouth of Jesus, if you assume Jesus existed, to leave your family. To truly love Jesus, you must leave behind your family. Family places a distant second to Jesus. Is that love? Is it love to abandon your family? No, it is not. Jesus is not the loving character described by Christians. Jesus, in many ways, is no more loving than the angry, jealous God of the Old Testament. Telling people you must leave your family to receive rewards in the afterlife is not love. It’s a scam. Jesus and the Bible is very similar to today’s online phishing scams.