To those who believe that Jesus was a good moral teacher and nothing more (or less), what do you have to say about his quote here:
Luke 14:26-27, 33:
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. . . . So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Jun. 15, 2011 in Religious Debate
That's a translation and interpretation of somebody quoting something else. Jesus didn't say those words. My guess is that if we were able to read and understand what those words were in the language they were originally spoken we would have a completely different sentence.
I'd go with something closer to "You have to be fully committed to this or it isn't going to work out".
Answer by UpSheRises at 2:22 PM on Jun. 15, 2011
In line with this comment, Skeptics will stress the meaning of the word "hate" and insist that the word must be read literally, and that Jesus is truly preaching hate. But in fact, the "softening" is correct to do -- and is perfectly in line with the context of the ancient world, and the Jewish culture in particular. For a background on the use of extreme and hyperbolic language in the Bible, I direct the reader first to my foundational essay on this subject. Abraham Rihbany (The Syrian Christ, 98f) points to the use of "hate" in the Bible as an example of linguistic extreme in an Eastern culture. There is no word, he notes, for "like" in the Arabic tongue. "...[T]o us Orientals the only word which can express any cordial inclination of approval is 'love'." http://www.tektonics.org/gk/jesussayshate.html
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Answer by KellyGirl_TX at 2:46 PM on Jun. 15, 2011
Just going to give everyone the full chapter:
Answer by vntNyll at 2:48 PM on Jun. 15, 2011
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