Most Christians will typically state that Jesus is all about love and kindness to others. This is where the phrase “What Would Jesus Do” often comes from. Since Jesus is full of love, we are to ask ourselves, during a difficult decision, what would Jesus do? I believe that most Christians truly believe that Jesus really was full of love and kindness. I don’t believe Christians who believe this are trying to mislead others. They are just misinformed as to what the Bible actually says. The Bible has many verses related to love, kindness, and Jesus, but there are several others in which Jesus does not promote love, and in fact, promotes hatred and anger. One such verse is Luke 14:26
“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.” – Luke 14:26
To be a true follower of Jesus, one must put Jesus first. These are the direct words of Jesus in the Bible and not another Biblical character’s interpretation of what Jesus said. These are the RED words in the Bible, for those reading a Bible in which Jesus’s direct words are colored red. Not only does Jesus demand you put him first, he directly states that if you do NOT hate your family, you cannot follow him. To follow Jesus you must hate your family. Love? I think not. Jesus does ask you to love, but to love only him. Showing love toward anyone else disqualifies you from being a follower of Jesus.
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus is not the lovey dovey character most Christians think he is. He talks about love, but wants you to put all of your love in him, ignoring your family and out right hating them. So the next time someone asks you what would Jesus do, respond with “hate his family.”