Peace, Love, Hate

Prior I had discussed the relationship we should have with each other that is selfless and reflection of God. Upon reading the Gospel of Luke Chapter 14. Jesus is preaching the word, healing, and giving parables about humility and being a good servant of God. However, there is one part that is truly interesting. Jesus is being followed by a large crowd and He begins teaching them the cost of being a true disciple:

26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.”

What an interesting message to be giving people after preaching love, caring, and mutual respect for another. Once again it would seem at odds with the new commandment and the glory of God. How can we be instructed to love each, to take care of one another, when later we are told to hate all others in order to be a true disciple of God?

But what is being a true disciple? Is it a person who believes in the Savior, goes to church, lives within their means, and follows a basic moral code? Or is it the priest and nun we rely on for spiritual guidance and advice with life problems? If it is the latter, than why do they appear to be friendly among the congregation and comrades?

I do not think Jesus literally meant you need to hate all others, just that if you truly wish to be His disciple you would need to abandon your livelihood, friends, and family to preach the word of God. I think this is where the nature of being a priest comes in for they have set aside certain aspects of their life to preach the word. I think it is more along the lines of devotion, that you cannot be a full servant unless you are willing to forsake everything and bring peace to the world. For instance, Jesus continues, 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.” He understands the nature of being a disciple of God and expresses that it is not for everyone.

You can still believe, love your family, and spread the word, that is what I think a Christian is, a follower of Christ. In order to be a true disciple, one must forgo Earthly possessions and not truly hate your family but position yourself to devoted entirely to the work of God. Jesus says we must hate all other in comparison to God, what I really think the message is that your love for God cannot be equal to that of your families.

I bring this to attention because some people have been using it as an explanation for their stances on abortion, family, and gay rights. I do not think the Lords intention is what they think it is. If they read carefully and take the time to look at the words, not just merely reciting, they will see the meaning. Understanding and knowing biblical verses, a man of God this does not make.

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