“Families – and society as a whole – inflict an enormous amount of propaganda upon us about the innate value of family and the endless virtue of loving your family”
– Stefan Molyneux
When one of Jesus’s disciples told him that his mother and brothers were outside the house he was staying in and desired to speak with him.
“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” asked Jesus.
He stretched forth his hand toward his disciples.
“These are my family! Whoever does the will of heaven are my brothers and sisters.”
If you love your family, you should do so because of who they are (their virtues), not simply because you share DNA with them. Since Jesus believed in the law of Moses, we can be sure that he felt that, as a rule, one should respect ones parents. What he is pointing out here is that he felt closer to those who shared his mission to teach the world about the coming kingdom of heaven than he did to his own “flesh and blood”.