Question of the Week: Did Jesus command us to hate our fathers and mothers in order to follow Him?
Verses: Luke 14:25-33
Context is key. Jesus was speaking to His disciples about all they had left behind in order for them to follow Him. When the disciples made Jesus a greater priority than their homes and jobs, they hated their jobs and homes out of preference to Him. It wasn’t that they hated their jobs in a passionate sense, but out of priority, considered Jesus more important. That is when Jesus made the statement that those who follow Him need to consider Him a greater priority than even their earthly families. There would come a time in history where many would be forced to choose between one or the other.
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