Family struggles with Christianity

Southern Cross: People Matter

People Matter was a regular column by Phillip Jensen in Southern Cross, the monthly magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

Originally Published:
Jensen, P 'Family struggles with Christianity'. Southern Cross, March 2000.

Tagged: church cults family

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“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37

Eleni became a Christian during her high school years. It started when her older sister became involved in a christian cult. So for the first time Bible reading was brought into her home.

Strange isn’t it, that the cults read the Bible, while the mainstream churches ignore it. Her Roman Catholic school chaplain told her to investigate the spirituality of Buddhism and Hinduism. Anything except fundamentalist Christianity. Now her sister was dividing the family over just this kind of biblicism.

There is nothing much more sacred to Australians than family. Her kind of European Australian migrant family, found family the meaning of life. Her parents had risked everything to raise a family in Australia.

Now there was the heartache of division and real threat to the continuation of any family relationships.

Part of the fashion of cults is to separate their converts from family. There is enough in the Bible about leaving father and mother, of dividing brothers and sisters, for a group like this to call upon Eleni’s sister to leave home.

How can parents compete with the word of God?

Should they compete with God’s word?

Obeying God or parents is a decision no-one should have to make—but if it has to be made then God must be first or He is not your God.