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Christianity Is About Christ, Who Commands Love

Christianity is about Christ and Christians are called by Christ to love everyone. This is made clear by Christ's commandments, as recorded in the Bible.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:38)

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40)

"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:27-31)

Christianity Is Founded On Love

The first century saw the rise of Christianity and the early churches communicated by letters. Much of the New Testament of the Bible is composed of letters from the apostle Paul to the early churches. In those letters, Paul instructs early Christians that Christianity is about love over all else.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:1-12)

"For the commandments, 'You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,' and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:9-10)

"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Colossians 3:14)

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

"For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Galatians 5:14)

Salvation Comes From Love

Christians believe that God made the ultimate sacrifice for us not because we are perfect or earned it, but because God loves us.

"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8)

"Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs." (Proverbs 10:12)

God Is Love

The ultimate source of Christianity being about love is that the Christian God is love. We are made in the in image of love and have all experienced God in some way when we have loved or been loved. We love because God's love is in us.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8)

"So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." (1 John 4:16)

"We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." (1 John 4:19-21)

Conclusion

Is this the Christianity you know? Some people see Christians as judgmental or hypocrites, partially because there are Christians who don't show unconditional love for everyone, but Christianity isn't about condemning. It's about love and forgiveness. Where someone's focus is, that is where their heart will be. So, those Christians focused on God will be focused on love.

Have you ever been in love? Maybe it's a parent, child, sibling, friend, or spouse. What does it feel like to love, truly and deeply, wanting to protect, to cherish, to uplift, to put their needs before your own? It's wonderful, beyond description, right? See, as deep as that relationship is, it's just barely a taste of the love God has for us.

The reason Christianity is about love is because Christians believe God is love. Yes, sometimes some forget that, but who among us is perfect? The truth is that the entire basis of the salvation message is love.

Many people have this perception of the Christian God as some stern dictator who we need to somehow earn forgiveness from, that we have to become better people for Christ to accept us. However, the exact opposite is true. God freely loves us and that transforms us into better people if we let it.

We have all experienced God in some way through love and this reveals God's love for us. We did not earn this anymore than you only love your child because they did something to deserve it.

To us humans, this seems unfair, which is why we try to change God to fit our views. Who would love sinful, hurtful people? Wouldn't free love remove an insensitive to change?

That's the beauty of Christianity. God's love is free and really that's the only way we can change. When we truly feel loved unconditionally, we want to be better people, to live up to all that unearned love. Of course, we'd fail on our own, so love actually makes us better people.

You've seen it: people who feel unloved becoming bitter, angry and resentful, but also people who feel loved becoming at peace and kind. Misery spreads misery and love spreads love. We are born again through Christ.

God's love has the power to transform us and make us love abundantly. How else do you think anyone could possibly keep Christ's commandments to love everyone as yourself, even to bless those who curse you or not demand back what someone takes from you? That's how amazing God's love is for us. It overflows to the point that, if we merely let God work in us, it spreads through us to everyone around us.

You don't need to earn it; it's free. You don't need to be good enough. The Creator of the entire universe knows you've made plenty of mistakes. We all have. But God forgives you anyway. How many humans can you confess your regrets to who will so easily forgive you and, more than that, help you become better so you will help people and not hurt them?

So, while Christianity is of course about Christ and the sacrifice that makes eternal redemption possible, the whole reason for any of that is love. Sure, maybe you've encountered some Christians who seem to be mimicking the religious leaders of Christ's time whom He called hypocrites, but that's not what Christianity is about. Don't judge someone by the actions of another.

If you aren't a Christian and believe Christianity is about hate, get to know Christians and especially get to know Christ. Christ is not only the path to God but also who Christians try to emulate. And, if you are a Christian who withholds love, let God open your heart through Christ to a love that will shine so brightly in you that everyone can recognize it.

Let God's love in and God's love will overflow. Like the fishes and the loaves, you can feed every soul hungry for love and still have more left over. :heart:
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GodsofWarAndRock Featured By Owner 3 days ago
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
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OFIXD Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student General Artist
I think that God supports gays 
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
As this illustrates, it's very clear that God loves gay people.
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OFIXD Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student General Artist
I suppose that God loves everyone 😄
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, definitely! :D
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! You too! :D
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rhunel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016   General Artist
YW! :hug:
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The-Scarf-Husky Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen!
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Hayden456321789 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Student Writer
I always find it sad that people use their faith, that is simply trying to teach us to love, as an excuse for their hatred.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I do too, which is partially why I made this, not just for how others see Christians but how Christians see being Christian.
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Hayden456321789 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Student Writer
I just hope the intolerant ones will be able to figure this message out eventually. But, as of now, they are a possible reason as to why people are turning away from the faith. I always try to say that someone can believe what they want as long as it doesn't hurt others or take away their rights, but those intolerant Christians can't seem to see at this time that they are ultimately hurting the cause.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Loves draws people in and fear and hate pushes people away, so it should be obvious what Christ calls Christians to do. And, yes, sometimes those who most hurt Christianity are those who identify as Christian but don't act out of love.
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Hayden456321789 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Writer
Indeed.
I'm reminded of a video that my mom found that satirized the bigotry against gays. A bunch of Christians were being intolerant, before Jesus shows up and tells them, in His own way, that what they're doing is wrong. He refutes their points, and tells them that He was trying to teach us love, not hatred, and convinced the Christians to change, for they follow His word. All told humorously through a stage play!
Or, at least, that's what I remember.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't suppose you remember the name of the video or where your mom found it? It sounds like it would be interesting!
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Hayden456321789 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Student Writer
Mom found it while browsing Facebook, so sadly, no. I will try to find it though! I could note you the link.
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ashleighclare86 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Please remind some Christians of this,  especially the ones who use his name to spread hate. 
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the ones you're talking about all too well and I'm definitely trying to do that both online and offline. As for the stamp, I laid out exactly why Christianitians must love everyone in the description and included quotes from the Bible, so if they take Christ and the Bible seriously and aren't just using religion as an excuse, maybe some will at least think twice and others will feel empowered by this to keep them accountable. If we can't even follow what Christ calls the greatest commandment, how can we call ourselves Christians? Believe me, it frustrates me as much as you. But I also believe love will win in the end. :)
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conservative-retard Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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No problem!
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Exactly, it's why my heavily religious Christian father sexually assaulted and raped me for coming out as a transgender and homosexual! Brilliant, such a peaceful religion.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not going to pretend to know what you've been through, but I do know you're not alone. People use any number of things to justify evil, religion being one. Rape, murder, and more, all so obviously harmful, which is why it takes a level of self deception that tears a personality apart.

But, at the same time, there are many loving, kind people who consider themselves part of the same faith those people claim to be a part of. There are even LGBT Christians. Obviously there's more at work than religion.

There are many times people have an impulse to do something that would hurt someone else, but something stops them. Maybe it's their better judgement. Maybe it's their empathy for others. For some, it's even peer pressure to be kind. See, this isn't just about how non-Christians see Christians. It's also about how Christians see Christians. Will we let others define Christ as something so completely different than He is?

If more Christians embrace this truth that Christianity is and indeed must be about love, we introduce factors to stop people from using Christianity as an excuse to do evil. One is empathy and the other is peer pressure from fellow Christians. I'm realistic and I know spreading a message of love won't save everyone from pain. We're human and do stupid things way too much for it to be universal.

But, even if just one person is given a reason to stop from hurting someone else, that matters. How do I know that? Because you're one person hurt and you matter. No one can undo the past, but we can fight to make the future better, one small step at a time.

Are you in a safe place now or is he still around?
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm in a safe space now, my father is dying, and as cold as it sounds, I don't really care if he does soon. Thanks for showing your concern though, it's much appreciated.

Someone here in the comments section helped me become more tolerant towards Christianity, even if I'm not extremely fond towards it.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome and, under those circumstances, I can understand how you feel about your father dying. Sometimes people change and try to redeem themselves, but not everyone does of course. I just hope you know he could never take away your strength of character and who you are.

Again, I can't personally relate with your situation, but I found that some people felt sorry for me when I was bullied as a kid, and I didn't want to be pitied. So I didn't consider myself a victim. And, as strange as it sounds, I found strength in forgiving people. I even forgave and tried to understand the man who killed my friend and his mom. It wasn't that the bullies or murderer somehow deserved it, but I realized the pain and the hurt and even anger was all in me. Sure, it had a cause in someone outside of me, but they were my emotions and mine alone to release. So, I did and I forgave and let it go. Some would call it a weakness to let go of the anger, as I've seen it give people strength, but for me it became just the opposite of weakness. I was able to move on. Of course, everyone is different and will find their own way to let their life be theirs and not a prisoner of others.

I'm glad you're in a better place now and that you've found at least some Christians who actually listen to Christ's teachings. None of us are perfect, but none of us are alone either. When we help each other, we spread love and make the world a little better. At least, that's my philosophy.
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Really, then explain this;
Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36     a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[c]

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry that I didn't include every quote of Christ, but I can understand why you're quoting this one. There's also a parallel verse to this Luke 14. Note that the part Christ is quoting is from Micah 7:5-6.

Matthew 10:34-37 doesn't undo Christ's repeated commandments to love your family, but it does deal with the challenges of giving everything up to become a disciple. It makes more sense in context. Here are the verses that precede it in Matthew 10:

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."

Christ says that his disciples will be attacked by their own families and even killed because they follow him. He doesn't hesitate to take credit for these negative things that will happen to his disciples but instead says they will happen directly "because of me." So, he continues that anyone who values his family or life over Christ shouldn't follow him, since there is the risk of losing both. But he also explains spiritual life is higher than physical life.

In the end, we are still called to love everyone, not just if our family hates us but also someone who kills us. In fact, while dying on the cross, Christ asked for forgiveness for those who crucified him.
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it is, but I'm no longer apart of it.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your comment! If I may ask, why are you no longer a part of Christianity? Is it because of Christians who did not show love? If it's too personally, don't answer. I'm just curious. Anyway, thank you again!
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No, because I just "lost" my religion. It's like a feeling where you feel like there is no God. I watched documentaries on the real "creation" of the Earth, and I believe it.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I understand. So, you never had a spiritual experience? I questioned my faith before, but I had too spiritual experiences to become anything less than spiritual. Even now, although I am Christian, I wouldn't call myself religious, as it feels too impersonal a word for it. But then I suppose we all have different experiences.
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I haven't really had any spiritual experiences. But I will not deny the existence of ghosts.
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, ghosts are an interesting concept. The question is what they are. For example, after images, dead people, energy-based or trans-dimensional beings, projections from us, etc. That one I'm not sure of. But, it just shows some things we can't explain completely but still exist, even when we don't see them.
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well some people have claimed to have seen and/or heard ghosts clear as day. So, I don't know...
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Rogue-Ranger Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so you yourself haven't personally seen or heard ghosts? Immediarly after the death of each of my cats, multiple people heard them and saw shadows run by. These weren't separate experiences, but we heard and saw the same things at the same times. But I don't know if it's like echoes or soul lingering or what.
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No thanks... not watching that.
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rockstarcrossing Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe more in science than some deity. :) I think the universe has been around way longer than scientists "predicted". The universe created everything, not a God. It's just what I think. The Universe is the "God" you've been praying to, except the Universe cannot answer you.
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I can respect that position, in fact I commend it. As it shows that you've opened your mind, you questioned, and finally you changed. But don't let it end there...

I've asked and answered many questions in terms of epistemology, and devised many probable answers on the subject of existence, simply because I'd rather be observant of facts, than ignorant and devoid of them. 

As for your questions. The age of the universe is basically irrelevant, except to say it cannot be ageless. As it is expanding, thus it began from a single point. And its losing heat, thus will go dark eventually. IE: its a firework of the grandest scale. Therefore if it was infinitely old, it would have burned out long ago. And so it clearly has a beginning, thus a primary first cause. 

And of course, you need a primary cause to set off secondary causes. IE: A push to start the first motion, which interacts with other objects and sets them into motion. 
But In terms of the big bang. One must ask what caused it's elements to exist, then what decided they must explode. And when it must explode. IE: Like dynamite, it needs to be created, then it needs an actor to light the fuse... 

But can the universe itself be god as you've suggested? Well no, because if that were the case, then this god must have then created itself in contradiction to the fact it's now slowly dying. Yet, anything which can create itself, simply cannot die. As it is Virgin life, thus can self restore. Therefore this god has to be a separate entity apart from the universe.

But how can we be sure that a god was the first cause, and our Big Bang was not a secondary cause of another universe? IE: Chaos/String theory. EG: all things happened by a chance of natural chaos.
Well, as we see in nature. chaos beget's destruction, while order beget's creation. As the conception and growth of a physical being is an ordered process, and that order is passed down in repetitious recognizable forms, of which behave predictably (thus are defined as ordered). Therefore it's reasonable to assert that the primary cause is in fact an ordered process, as order is what it produced. But if chaos was the primary cause, then there would be no order, because nowhere in nature does chaos create order IE: intricate predictable lifeforms. 

But if this ordered god exists, does it care about us? Philosophically, this god does appear to care about detail. After all, the universe is vast, far bigger than we can ever explore or appreciate. Likewise is the microscopic world. Which brings to question: if a god which does not care, would it go to such lengths to add such vastness of size and detail. No, the god would keep it simple.
Just as I know if I didn't care about an art project, I'd not care to add infinitesimal detail. 

But if a god finds that creating infinite detail in his universe was a simple process, then such a god would also find governing his creation equally as simple. Thus we are not irrelevant to this god. Because his attention to detail suggests we cannot be.

But does this god love? If this god is wise enough to create all things to survive in balance, then he would also understand the greatest means of success in order to meet that balance. Thus if he understands success, he understands positive aspects and how to achieve success perfectly. Otherwise god never would have created it as a possibility. And god was utterly indifferent to success?  Then such a god simply could not care at all. Because logically, If we do not care about a project? We do not undertake it. Yet life contradicts that ignorant conclusion, because we do care, particularly about success, because it is synonymous with all living life forms survival. And since love is the singular goal of the greatest success, Thus god, the ultimate success, must then love, and is the very source of the concept of love. And I'd assert, that which creates parental love? -Understands parental love, thus exercises it.

And so, if this argument casts a shadow of doubt on your atheism, equally as much as your skepticism casts a doubt on your belief in theism.  Then welcome to my level. As I likewise hold reasonable doubts either way. But I give God the benefit of the doubt, partially because I've studied this topic to great depths. And there clearly is no logical benefit to risking this just and loving gods displeasure. See the first 6-min video link from my first response. You may then at least understand the argument for this preference.
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Personally, I wouldn't consider the Abhramic God of Christianity very wise, or loving, for that matter, as he is a cruel God and a God of hate.
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Are you preaching me?
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Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
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There is a parallel verse to this in Matthew 10 that makes it more clear that "hate" is not a literal translation, but simply says someone is loved less than Christ:

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."

The verse in Luke 14 is found between three parables that explain what Christ was saying:

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

The last line is spoken by Christ whenever a teaching is difficult and typically misunderstood, which is obviously why he uses it here. He knew it would be hard to understand.

In basic terms, the parables and parallel verses in Matthew show that you must realize what you're getting into before becoming a disciple. You can't just go in half hearted and quit halfway though. His disciples followed him around and didn't see their families or even carry possessions. There's also the risk, as seen earlier in the same chapter of Matthew, that your family will hate you and you could be killed for Christ's sake. If you love your family and life more than following Christ, you aren't ready. And, as it turned out, some of his disciples weren't ready, as they denied him to save their own lives.
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Indeed, and Jesus also indicates that over half of the 10 Commandments are about treating others kindly. (The rest have to do with our treatment of God Himself.) This includes the OT laws, even if most of them are far and away outdated in application by now.
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