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Whose Fault?

May 27, 2013

Disciple“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

Never cautious about using excessive hyperbole to make a point, even for Jesus this saying seems ¬†over the top. How could someone who speaks so strongly against divorce, criticizes religious leaders for setting aside the commandment to honor one’s father and mother, and who tells parents that if they cause their children to stumble they might better prefer being drowned in a lake with a millstone around their neck than the punishment Jesus is likely to mete out, tell people that hating their family was a precondition for discipleship? (more…)