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Disobey Our Parents For Religion

Jesus disobeyed his earth parents because He is on His Father's business. It is all right then to disobey our parents authority for the sake of religion.

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it is clear that jesus was considered a man at 12 yrs old

Not at all ...Christ was a BOY at 12 years old! As STATED in Holy Scripture

Luke 2:51
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

Christ was a BOY at 12 years old. NO MAN is "subject" to the authority of his parents only children are subject to their parents.
---Rhonda on 2/11/12

Jesus did not disobey.. the passages do not say his parents told him to stay with them.. also.. it is clear that jesus was considered a man at 12 yrs old.. its a shame our culture doesn't teach their kids at a young age.. I do.. my 11 yr old can out work most men..
---david on 2/7/12

In the context of serving the one true almighty God through Jesus Christ and the leading of his holy Spirit yes.

Parents are responsible to bring up their children in the knowledge of Christ through the holy scriptures and if they fail, it's likely you fail to do the will of the almighty.

Saying that, you should not follow wrong doing for parents which is to serve other gods and learn and read the scriptures for yourself, to be able to know the truth from a lie concerning salvation.
---Carla on 2/6/12


The original question makes no mention of the age of the child, so if you choose to narrow the question down to only minor children, you can do so - but if you do so, YOU are the one changing the original question, not I.

Also, there are cases where minor children wish to go to church, but their parents forbid them. Should the children be free to disobey and go anyway?
---StrongAxe on 2/6/12

If your parents told you to murder, or steal, or to become a Satanist, would you do it?

I am an adult married for more than 25 years with many children not a minor child under authority of my parents

It is YOU who has a disconnect from the original question introducing ABSURD pointless analogies

as I already stated PARENTS have authority over their MINOR children ...if a minor child chooses to REJECT their parents authority in name of "religion" they will learn they can REJECT authority in all things

the idea "religion" plays a more important role in a MINOR CHILDS life is absurd and certainly opens the door to allow them to RULE the home in all things
---Rhonda on 2/5/12

Mark V: Blessings! It is good to see we can agree, for that is such a blessing....

Peace and God's blessings be with you
---Peter on 2/4/12

Peter, I only mentioned it because stating that Jesus disobeyed as Adam did, the antichrist people online will eat it up. They want nothing more then to strip Christ of His deity. And they will come out with all sorts of accusations against our faith. That was the reason. Love you brother. Peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 2/3/12


When Jesus was told his mother and brothers wanted to see him, he ignored their request (i.e. disobeyed his mother) and said those around him were his mother and brothers and sisters.

Jesus said to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, but render unto God what is God's (i.e. obey civil authority unless it conflicts with divine authority). Presumably, this would also apply to other forms of authority as well.

If your parents told you to murder, or steal, or to become a Satanist, would you do it? Whose authority do you think is more important? Parental authority COMES from divine authority in the first place. "honor your father and mother" is not more important than all the other commandments.
---StrongAxe on 2/3/12

Mark V: I cannot, of course, say Jesus disobeyed, as we are not told he was told to come with them.

There you are correct. I just felt that Jesus knew that His parents expected Him to be with them, but knew that His Father's will was to stay in Jerusalem. Even though His parents were 'looking for you anxiously' (Lk2:48)

But I agree, were are not TOLD Jesus disobeyed. Sorry
---Peter on 2/2/12

Hello Peter, I agree with Christan on the statement. The very first thing mentioned was that Jesus disobeyed. A clear statement. And I believe as he does that Jesus never disobeyed, He was without sin. That has to be made clear even before answering the question, so that no one can go on perpetrating a lie about Jesus who is sinless.
---Mark_V. on 1/28/12

The Bible does not give us any 'conditions' for disobeying our parents. However, if a request by parents obviously requeres us to disobey God, then we will have to disobey our parents.
there are no verses to support YOUR personal theory that children may disobey their parents if the parents request is asking the child to disobey GOD

distorting Scripture giving MINOR children idea's they can "disobey parents for GOD" leaves children in control and parents confused about their own roles as a guardian

children are under the authority of their parents at all times

essentially teaching a child to resent authority of their parents for "religious purposes" is akin to evil
---Rhonda on 1/28/12

Christian: The comment is not against 'Is Jesus teaching you should disobey your parents here?'

Jesus did not state anything like that. However, at least in one case, where He stayed behind in Jerusalem, it could be stated that He did not do what His parents expected Him to do.

The Bible does not give us any 'conditions' for disobeying our parents. However, if a request by parents obviously requeres us to disobey God, then we will have to disobey our parents.

But I take that to be extremely rare, and I don't find any direct statements - it's just how I take the 'implications' of the Bible.

You may disagree with me, and I will not mind.
---Peter on 1/27/12

agnea, we are told by God to honour our father and mother, unconditionally. What gave you the idea from reading the Scriptures that Jesus "disobeyed" His earthly parents?

However, Jesus declared, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me
Matthew 10:34-37

Is Jesus teaching you should disobey your parents here? NO!
---christan on 12/26/11

If and ONLY if you are on the same spiritual level as Jesus.

As long as you are still living with them, you are under their authority.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!
---Cluny on 12/26/11

This is another old blog but...
I don't see where the Scripture says Jesus disobeyed His parents. And, Jesus never practiced "religion."
---Elder on 12/25/11

Christ never disobeyed his parents!!!

When Joseph and Mary found Christ HE ANSWERED THEM about his whereabouts for the past several days ...HE did not back talk to them and tell them he was not going with them HE left the temple and went with them when the found HIM

no wonder there is so much confusion among children today they believe they can disobey in the name of Christ which is CONTRARY to Holy Scripture

a MINOR CHILD obeys their parents in all things including whether or not they hold the same religious beliefs until they become an adult they are subject to their parents authority PERIOD
---Rhonda on 12/25/11

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Nicely put Peter. This is very rare. The Bible only gives one example (that I can think of) when we should disobey God given authority (gov't, parents, slave masters, bosses) and that is in the book of Daniel and his three friends.
---Scott1 on 12/22/11

Agnea: 'disobey our parents authority for the sake of religion.'

Well....... if parents want you to do something that is AGAINST God's will, yes.

But, looking at this site, most of the things we CLAIM are against Christianity are just things we personally don't like - and disobeying parents' authority for that, no.
---Peter on 12/17/11

Acts 5:29

We must obey God rather than men.
---Jed on 10/9/11

Only if your parents ask you to do something ungodly can you disobey them. I knew someone who stopped his daddy's smoking habit thro' what I can call a God inspired disobedience.
---Adetunji on 10/6/11

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You wrong mofo's becuase first of all Jesus only disobeyed his parents because he was the son of God and that was his real parent and your real parents are the people that you live the people that take care of you and apply you with clothing and food so why does that give you the right to disobey you parents and I do believe parents were made by God for you to obey
---Danny_Walker on 10/5/11

only if it is following God.Jesus said that families would be torn apart, households divided on the account of his fathers word.We should respect our parents, however if they're a stumbling bloc kon the way to God then we need to pass by them & go straight to our father, for he answers our eternal life, not them.
---candice on 6/2/08

Just a general note: Jewish law says there are two occasions when a person may disobey the edicts of his/her parents.

1. When they order him to sin.

2. In the choice of a spouse.
---Nancy on 12/3/07

Sorry Jack, the Word says they were astonished at his understanding, meaning he already understood. After all, he is God. Have you never met a child who was blessed from the womb? A true miracle child, who asks questions that make us adults think. Their understanding is not hindered by the influences of the world. I believe Jesus understood from the beginning. You'll not sway me from that. He may have been learning their thoughts and traditions, but he was teaching God's thoughts.
---faye4464 on 1/14/07

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**You are probably right Jack. I should have said "teach", not preach.**

Try again.

Hearing them and asking them questions sounds more like He came to LEARN, not teach, and amazed them by His precociousness.
---Jack on 1/12/07

Luke 2:46 states that Jesus was "both hearing them and asking them questions."
Luke 2:47 states that "all were astonished at his understanding and answers."
Considering the way Jesus taught in parables the rest of his ministry I don't doubt he always asked questions that made people think. The questions weren't for Jesus' benefit but for those who were listening.
You are probably right Jack. I should have said "teach", not preach.
---faye4464 on 1/12/07

The verses preceding Luke 2:46 & 47 tell that Joseph and his mother did not know he had stopped. Which means he was not being disobedient.
---faye4464 on 1/12/07

Jack, Jesus' ministry was to save the world so when he said ,"Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business" had to mean he was fulfilling his call. How can he save the world without telling. He told everyone everywhere he went. Isn't that preaching?
---faye4464 on 1/11/07

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agnea, Bruce homed right in on the scripture. Too many times we either "hear" how other people recall God's word or don't quite get it when we read it. Obey God fearing parents. Respect your parents but don't err away from God's word, just as with the law. While taking a driving test a friend was told to turn left by the instructor. He did and went the wrong way up a drive (it was closed for the test). He failed because even though he followed the instruction, he broke the law.
---mikefl on 1/7/07

**Apparently he stopped to preach and they missed it. He was not disobeying. If they had heard him preaching they would have waited for him, I'm sure.**

Where on earth did you get the idea that the young Jesus had "stopped to preach?"

You don't actually think that "preaching" means "talking and asking questions," do you?

Read the account in the Gospels, please, and tell us where it says that Jesus was "preaching."
---Jack on 1/5/07

agnea, I think you are referring to the scripture where Jesus' parents left the city and realized that Jesus was not with them. Apparently he stopped to preach and they missed it. He was not disobeying. If they had heard him preaching they would have waited for him, I'm sure.
---faye4464 on 1/4/07

Please give book, chapter, and verse where Mary and/or Joseph told Jesus, "Now don't wander away and get lost from us."

IF you can do this, then you can say that Jesus disobeyed His parents.

However, even if you can, you can claim the right to "disobey [your] parents for the sake of religion" if and ONLY if you are on the same spiritual level of Jesus Christ.

Are you? I rather doubt it.
---Jack on 1/4/07

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The Bible is clear to obey and serve God before man. There is a submissive way that you can not participate in things that you know are wrong. God will hold your parents responsible, not you, if you are forced to disobey God. Remember, God knows your heart whether you are really standing for Him or just being rebellious.
James 1:27 tells you what religion is.
---john on 1/4/07

If your parents are teaching you things that are not Godly, then you must cling to the truth. If you are under 18 and still living at home, you are still accountable to your parents. Once you reach 18, you can follow the truth. Do not stay in any religion simply because of your parents' beliefs.
---Susie on 1/4/07

Where does it say Jesus Christ disobeyed his parents. My bible does not say that. If your bible makes Christ a sinner, you might want to question the translation you have. Show me the passage for scripture you find this disobedience.
---Jerry on 1/4/07

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
---Bruce5656 on 1/4/07

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agnea, by no means. what we aren,t to do is sin in the process
---tom2 on 1/4/07

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