Family in the biblical concept

Jesus looked at the believers as a family e.g. when his mother and brothers were looking for him he stated that his relatives are those who do the will of the father. (Mt. 12:49-50).

Jesus emphasised mutual comfort and love in the family.

Marriage in the family is not obligatory except for those who cannot afford to stay alone (1 Cor 7:8-9).

Divorce is not allowed; one flesh cannot be separated (Gen 2:21 - 9).

In the biblical teaching polygamy was tolerated in the Old Testament but in New Testament monogamy is preferred.

Women should have respect for their husbands and husbands should love their wives. The family of Christ should work together to make the world under control e.g. Paul worked with Aquilla and Priscilla for one and half years winning people for God.

In the Christian family sex abuse or misuse is condemned (Lev. 20: 11) e.g. marrying a step mother was forbidden.

Christian families ought to be Godly and put emphasis or strive for holiness. (1 pet 3).                                                                                                           

James epistle emphasizes on prayers and patience as essential elements in a family.                                                                                                                                                   

Jesus is the head of the church which is the body of Christ.  God is referred to as father and Gods family grow further through preaching of the Good News (Mt. 28:201)

In the family of God, there are no sex inequalities because male and female are all created in the image of God (1Gen 1 & 2).

Christians are to inherit the Kingdom of God; will be joint heirs with Christ and will enjoy eternity with God the father (In 3:16).

As Jesus cared for physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, mental needs so should Christians care for others as a family.

Children are expected to obey parents who are God's representatives for their well-being on earth, upbringing, and discipline (Prov. 22:6).

The family is the centre of biblical teaching and other normal instructions of society (Dt. 6: 4-9).

Love is a central theme of spiritual family of God and since God loves his children so Christians should love. (Gal 6:1-6, Mt 22: 24).

Christ went to prepare places and will come for believers to the heavenly family.

Jews regarded childlessness as a misfortune or curse from God but the attitude changed when children were seen as gifts from God but parents are just custodians.

Love between couples is a central point for a stable family.

A family forms a central point against isolation and for that matter genealogies are given in the bible.

Ps 68:6, the lonely are set in families in order to have sense of belonging.

A family is a fulfilment of marriage yet those with and without children enjoys equal benefits in a family.

As Christian comments on the significance of a family as the basic unit of the community.

Christians believe that God ordained the family structure.                                                      

It developed from the simple family of Adam and Eve.

It is a natural and fundamental unit of society.

In the family there is fulfilment of husband and wife as persons and their role in procreation.

Parents have a divine role of upbringing children to be responsible members of the heavenly kingdom as well as society.              

The family trains the children and initiates them into adult life of the community. (1 Pet 3:1-3).                                                                                                           

The family contributes to the welfare of society by ensuring continuity and permanence.                              

The family provides protection and basic needs of its members.                                          

It is written that the family that members learn the importance of interdependence.                                                                                                                          

The family is a source of social status for the man, woman and children.

The family is a socio- religions unit within which important rituals take place e.g. naming/baptism, funeral rites, initiations etc:

Loyalty and discipline are instilled in the family by its members.

It is in the family that virtues of forgiveness, tolerance, patience, kindness are practiced and encouraged.