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Meaning To Hate One's Life

Concerning this passage," ""If any come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." What do you think it means to hate one's own life?

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Not to go boasting about what we have(material things) cars and so on. Not to be so full of pride and chasing other things that we forget about God and His place in our lives. Which should always be first place.
To be totally dependent on Him and nothing else. If need be, we should be willing to give up all for Christ. Including our Lives.
---Robyn on 7/19/07

Exactly the same as it means to "hate" your relatives. The message of the verse is that we are to love God so much that our love for anyone or ourselves is "hate" in comparison. Not that we are to hate, but that our primary loyalty and devotion is due to God first and foremost.
---Bruce5656 on 7/19/07

Luke 14:26-28 "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he as enough to finish it__
---Rachel on 10/19/06

2> Luke 14:29-33 "lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/19/06

3> Rev. 12:11 "And they overcame him, (that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/19/06

Luke 14:26 Our love for Jesus Christ and God the Father must be above all earthly loves, including yourself. This is the true cost of allegiance. We must count the cost before we accept eternal life. Our salvation hinges on a lifetime of repentance. Grace was the most costly gift that was given to us. In return, God demands we give our lives. There is no greater price a human can pay than to give his own life for Christ. Our love for Jesus must exceed the strongest bonds of family ties. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/19/06

1> Alan, this is over reaching. I've not ever said I hated my family. To hate one's own life is the topic. When you make the decision to take up your cross and follow Jesus. Jesus says, Follow Me, Walk with Me. When we receive Jesus, we know Him as Master. You yield your life. Jesus owns me. Lord, my life is no longer mine. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

2> To meet Christ, is to know He is the Son of God. I confessed Him publically. When I gave Jesus my life, Jesus gave me His life. I layed my life down. For some, it might cost you everything. It might mean you suffer rejection at the hands of your own family. You don't hate your family. You go on. You follow Christ. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

3> Many have already been martyred for Christ. And many more will lose their lives in the days to come for confessing Jesus Christ as Lord. It doesn't mean they hate their families. No one is asking you to hate your family. When your family doesn't want one thing to do with you, you have to go on. When physical doors are shut in your face, you have to go on. There's no hate there, because I understand the spiritual battle. It's not them, but the enemy that binds them. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

4>No one is asking you to hate your neighbors or your family. Praise God, you have not been placed in the position where you had to make the decision to stay in a cult and lose your soul, just to be near the family. Christ says, Follow Me. So for you, you've got the love of your family, too. I believe you lost your wife, yes? That hurts, yes? But it's my job to pray for my lost loved ones. And I do that with love. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

Rachel, you were unfortunate to have your non-Christian family to withdraw from you when you became a Christian. They withdrew from you.
Why does that mean that I should have withdrawn from my Christian family?
Why should I hate my Christian family, when God says I should love my neighbour? If you say that I should, then I suggest that it is you who is confused.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/18/06

I do believe that Jesus is talking about comparison. He wants us to Love everyone and said so his command is to love each other, love our neighbors as ourselves and Love God with all we have..I think he meant we should love him so much that compared to our love for him our love for others would seem like hate..we neeed to love him more than anyone else. we need to be that close to him to get through alot of what we go through in this life. for both our good and His glory.
---julie3367 on 10/18/06

Alan, where is the confusion coming in? To hate one's life and sin, to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ - required I leave mormonism. My family withdrew from me. It has nothing whatsoever to do with hating your family. Are you willing to be martyred for Christ if need be? I was not martyred by any means. But are you ready if your life was required today, Jesus or death? I would say Yes, Lord Jesus Christ. I am yours. That's what I said when I became saved. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

Does God hate His family, when He's rejected? Gen 6:3 "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh, yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." More warnings for lost - Prov 29:1 He who is often reproved, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 Cor 6:2 "in an acceptable time I have heard you, in the day of salvation I have helped you." Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My father who is in heaven." Matt 10:32 Luke 12:8,9 "Whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. He who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God." Follow your family or follow Jesus Christ. Some of us have to make that decision, does not mean we hate the family. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/18/06

Rachel ... why must I hate my Christian family?
Why must I hate anyone who is not Christian?
Please consider what others have said here about the meaning in this context of the word hate.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/18/06

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Yes, Alan of U.K., to leave all of your family behind, if you are required to do so to save your soul and follow Jesus Christ. Love for Jesus is to be greater than love for family. I've told my story of leaving mormonism. To do that, all of my family, including immediate family withdrew from me. Praise God, you've never been in that place. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/17/06

Jesus told us that anyone who finds their life shall lose it, and anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

The life you find walks in Heavenly steps and thinks God's thoughts, and looking around at life we can hate the way things are when we see them as God intended.

Oh perverse and unbelieving generation, how long must I be among you?
---Bingo on 10/17/06

Bany 5635, I agree. But I think that Jesus was making a point. And still He is making that point. To love God above all. To take up our cross and follow Him. If our family does not agree for us to do so, than there is that choice. We don't have to hate them, we have TO LOVE THEM as God wants us to, but we have to reject the ways that are not of Gods ways; the ways of the world. We have to make our choice. WE HAVE TO PUT GOD ON NUMBER 1. He and His Son are THE ONE AND ONLY!!
---Coby on 10/17/06

This question reminds me of the scripture that says 'if anyone wishes to gain his life he must lose his life.' We lose our life in the flesh we hate our lives that are of the flesh. Notice that Christ is speaking of your fleshly relatives in this passage: father, mother, wife, children, brothers & sisters all are related to you through the flesh. Yes even your spouse because when you marry you 'become one flesh.' So you are to hate what is flesh because you now belong to a family that is of the Spirit.
---Ryan on 10/17/06

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Many interesting answers here. I have discuss this question for 30 years. My take on this is that as Christians we hate to see our own shortcomings are own sins and hate our lives because we are always doing what we do not want to do just as Paul said he did.
---mima on 10/17/06

Rachel ... To leave your entire family behind? ...
Jesus told us to love our neighbours ... how can we do that and minister to them if we cannot even love and care for our own families?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/17/06

We do not have to hate one's life since the His word says that we should love each other even our enemies.Luke 6:35
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."
---banny5635 on 10/17/06

Jhn 11:35 And Jesus himself was weeping.
---dsda on 10/17/06

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This is one of those passages that must be considered in its context. It means that we are not to consider our lives MORE important than the cause of Christ, that we would refuse to "lay it down" like our Savior did His own.
---Crystal on 10/17/06

To take up your cross and follow Jesus. To leave your entire family behind and follow Jesus. To be left out of family reunions and holiday get togethers. To be faithful to Jesus when persecution comes. To be mocked and talked about, but cry out to Jesus to save you from despair. To preach the cross of Jesus Christ to the lost. To Rejoice in the cross, and remain faithful until you die. Rachel^^^
---Rachel on 10/17/06

mi ma, It means you gotta love Jesus and Father God MORE than you love your mother, brother, sister, etc., You gotta follow His will and sometimes His will doesn't line up with what your family members have in mind for you. So you must despise your own life for the sake of Jesus BUT His rewards are AWESOME, GLORIOUS and SPECTACULAR!
---Donna9759 on 10/17/06

mima, (I.)It means this: Nothing must be put higher than God and His Sound Truth, not self, not spouse, not child, not parents,not money, not friends, not kinfolk, not one's minister,not girlfriend, not boyfriend, not anything or person....
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/17/06

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(II.)Jesus must be our FIRST LOVE, if not, we don't have Him. Many profess Jesus with their "LIPS", but their hearts, their fruits, their reasoning is far from Him( tells on them), isn't of Him. Christian's must Examine themselves daily with the Word asking themselves "Is Jesus my FIRST Love?", "Do I have His Divine Blood working in my life?". Man can only serve One Master, and everything is put under his Master.
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/17/06

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