Must we obey our parents?

Jisan asked:

We must obey our parents for giving us birth because we can’t repay them in any other way. But why must we repay them?

Answer by Shaun Williamson

You repay your parents by loving them, respecting them and perhaps by helping them when they are old. When you are an adult you do not have to obey your parents. You are responsible for your own decisions. You are not a child any more.

If your parents tell you that you must obey them even though you are an adult then they are wrong. They are treating you like a slave and good loving parents would not do that.

Parents have children because they want to have children. You don’t owe them anything for giving birth to you. You cannot be expected to repay a debt that you didn’t agree to in advance. Children don’t ask to be born.

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