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To be a follower of Jesus you must hate

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Some Christian critics of the Islamic faith are fond of claiming that Islam teaches its followers to hate the other, while Christianity teaches love and peace.

However so when one actually reads and studies the Bible one will find that it is the Bible that actually teaches it’s followers to hate the other in order to be a disciple of Jesus:

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. (Luke 14:26)

So how can Christians claim that Islam is a hateful religion while Christianity is the opposite when Jesus commands his followers to hate his father, mother, wife, and children, and people, and all his family, and his own life?

The word that is used for hate here is called ‘miseo’, which is defined as

1)to hate, pursue with hatred, detest

2)to be hated, detested

(http://cf.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=3404&t=KJV)

So Jesus taught his followers to hate.

Now Christians will obviously come with an interpretation to argue that when Jesus taught that you must hate in order to be a follower of his, it didn’t mean you must literally hate non-believers but meant something else. That’s fine, we don’t have a problem with that, but the problem is that such Christians will usually not afford the same standard for Muslim.

So when a Christian reads a certain verse from the Quran, they wouldn’t grant the standard of “we must properly analyse this verse and its context” but will go straight to arguing. So in essence what we are demonstrating, is that we as Muslims, can play the same game with the Bible, quote some passages, and make a whole argument out of there such as this one.

So if we played the same game as some Christian critics of Islam do, then we would conclude that Christianity teaches its followers to hate everybody else in order to be followers of Jesus. So in order to be a good Christian, you need to hate.

 

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