Hate Your Father And Mother
What is your idea concerning this scripture? Luke 14:26," If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." What does it mean?
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---Mima on 12/3/07
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It simply means do not put your parents before your Almighty father or saviour.
To hate, may not necessarily mean hate but rather dislike the act and behaviour of the unsaved. Many parents are... but through Christ I have proved all things are possible but all things are not convenient, therefore never be brought under the worlds interpretation of not being able, to see the wrong in parents, and dislike that, for the gospel of Jesus Christ
---Carla on 1/9/12|
The gospel creates a division in what it means to be powerful and authoritative -- what it means to be a loving parent versus a demanding, immature authority who must be appeased. There is a scripture that describes cruel authority. Jesus addresses those who misuse their power: "to what shall I compare this generation? They are like children in the marketplace...." In other words, those under worldly leadership must appease a cruel standard for acceptance or be rejected/abused. God isn't like that. He doesn't want clones or puppets so He doesn't set us up for failure by issuing insensitive demands and then complain because it's impossible for us to meet them. By faith, we mature to view our enemies with compassion.
---stuart on 1/8/12|
---Nana You were correct these Scriptures or similar. And we have had good answers. What I believe about these Scriptures, is I believe they speak to following your family's leading in church attendance and beliefs after becoming an adult. For example, my parents were very Baptist but had no knowledge of speaking in tongues. I was encouraged by my father, the most knowledgeable Bible person I ever met, to attend other churches and search for the truth wherever it is found.
---Mima on 12/4/07|
On 5/11/2007 you asked on your blog "Explain Matthew 10:37,
What is your understanding of this scripture?
Now the blog is "Hate Your Father And Mother" and you ask,
What does it mean?
On the first blog you did not comment. Will you do the same
here? Both scriptures are just about the same thing so, what is
it that you say about them?
---Nana on 12/4/07|
Blessings to all, This verse is simply saying that we should put God first. A believer's devotedness to Jesus Christ should be such that, by comparision, it looks as if everything else is hated. All terms which define affections are comparative. God Bless friends!
---Cynthia on 12/3/07|
Without looking it up: It means that you put Christ before and formost of anything or anyone. Scripture does not mean that you are to hate your life, but are willing to give up your life for the sake of the gospel and Jesus Christ. Also, do not become too fond of the things of this world. Guard against. Jesus did die so that we might enjoy our life to the fullest. Ofcourse serving Him is it.
---catherine on 12/3/07|
It means leave even mother father sister brother and forget about even yourself if you think either can stand in the way of Loving God. You can have no other love. as parents/siblings and even our own selfish reasons stand before our duty towards God and it happens, it's as serious as hating the attitudes and behaviors of our own/self if they get in the way of You serving God.
---Carla5754 on 12/3/07|
This, along with 1Tim 6:10, is a perfect example of KJV translation errors. Matt10:37 even in KJV says it the way it's supposed to read. "if any one love his father or mother more than me, he is not worthy of me" I believe Matt10:37 was translated correctly. Although most Christians think they are disciples, according to these Scriptures, there are not many who actually qualify.
---john on 12/3/07|
To me, it simply means to put God first before your family and yourself.
---sue on 12/3/07|
Skeptics are fond of quoting Luke 14:26.
.. he cannot be my disciple, subject here is the word for hate, Greek miseo.
Most feel obligated to soften meaning of the word 'hate' to something like 'love less than me,' even though the Greek word miseo means 'hate.'
---Michelle on 12/3/07|
Skeptics stress the meaning of the word "hate" and insist that the word must be read literally, and that Jesus is truly preaching hate, but it is about idolatry of family, any idol above God.
Another example from Jesus, Luke 16:13.
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
---Michelle on 12/3/07|
To 'hate' in this context means to NOT put them before God in our lives. If we truly love Him He must come first.
---RitaH on 12/3/07|
The scripture means Christ must come first in your life.
---shirley on 12/3/07|