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Here's What The Bible Really Teaches About Family

The Bible is full of beloved stories. Passages from it are often read at weddings, stories from it are often told to children, and its themes have inspired countless modern books and movies, from "The Chronicles of Narnia" to "The Matrix." Jesus was supposedly all about getting us to love each other — yet in one particularly confusing passage in the New Testament, he tells us to do the exact opposite.

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    Did Jesus Really Teach His Disciples To Hate Their Families?

    Did Jesus Really Teach His Disciples To Hate Their Families?

    Jesus was supposedly all about getting us to love each other — yet in one particularly confusing passage in the New Testament, he tells us to do the exact opposite. In the New International Version of the Bible, the curious line reads "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, even their own life — such a person cannot be my disciple" (NIV 14: 26).

    The Untold Truth Of Lot From The Bible

    The Untold Truth Of Lot From The Bible

    The Book of Genesis, the first book of both the Jewish and Christian Bibles, is full of notable, colorful figures as it charts the history of God's relationship with humankind and the nascent nation of Israel starting from the literal beginning of time. These figures include a number of Sunday school favorites, including Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph. But there is a much larger number of figures who play more of a supporting role to these early heroes, including Abraham's nephew Lot, who serves in many ways as a foil and contrast to his uncle, the founding father of Judaism.

    Why Was Job Tested By God, According To The Bible?

    Why Was Job Tested By God, According To The Bible?

    Perhaps one of the most asked questions in theology is: Why did Job have to suffer in the Bible? After all, the book of Job begins by stating that he was a just and upright man and followed all of the precepts of God (via Bible Project). Essentially, Job goes from having it all, to losing it all, overnight. At the beginning of the book of Job, we see that God and Satan have a dialogue whereby God commends Job for his faithfulness. Satan then tells God that if all of Job's possessions were taken away from him, Job would turn his back on God.

    Every Type Of Marriage Allowed In The Bible

    Every Type Of Marriage Allowed In The Bible

    The Bible has references to marriages between widows and their brothers-in-law, marriages with slaves, relationships with concubines, and unions with prisoners of war. Some marriages in the Bible have also been interpreted as non-consensual. But the holy text has no mention of marriage between people of the same sex (the book has been interpreted as having a strong stance against homosexuality as a whole, although that is somewhat debatable). Today, there are many more forms of marriage than what is included in the Bible, including gay marriage and, depending on where you live, polygamous marriage.

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