Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, [color=red:3qlj8fx4]”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 carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”[/color:3qlj8fx4]
I’m having trouble understanding what Jesus means when he uses the word “hate”. Could someone shed some light on this passage(New American Standard Bible)?
I sorta think what it means is “second place” 7  Hating his father . . . : cf the similar saying in Matthew 10:37. The disciple’s family must take second place to the absolute dedication involved in following Jesus (see also Luke 9:59-62).
[color=green:1qz6i9ky]I was thinking the “second place” thing as well. It would seem the most logical since it was coming from Jesus. I read the passage again today and that “hate” word grew legs and I wanted to get someone else’s view on this. [/color:1qz6i9ky]