Christians and hate
08-05-2010, 09:25 AM
RE: Christians and hate
Quote:Jesus said "love thy neighbor" and "love thine enemies", and either He or Paul said that people claiming Belief cannot hate their brother. Does "brother" refer specifically to other Believers or to other humans in general?
Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
There is also the parable of the good Samaritan that Jesus gave in response to your same question, ie who is my neighbour?
Luk 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Luk 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
Luk 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
Luk 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luk 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luk 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luk 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Luk 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luk 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Quote:Is a Christian forbidden to hate anyone, however evil that person/group may be?
Since we are told so many times to love one another I do think that as Christians we shouldn't hate anyone. And if we do we should try to see why we are hating that person and deal with the emotions and thought processes that are leading to this hate.In most cases it will probably boil down to unforgiveness.
One parable of Jesus hits home really well for me when I am dealing with strong emotions against anyone.
Mat 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Quote:Are Christians forbidden to promote and/or peddle hate propaganda and symbols? Fred "God Hates Everybody" Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church does this (though I dunno if he sells anything), and the Christian-Identity Ku Klux Klan of course claim Christianity and they most definitely profit off selling hate. Is a Christian who sells World War II memorabilia and Nazi paraphernalia sinning? There are many professing Christians who sell this kind of thing, so I wanted to get the facts.
I would say that we are definitely forbidden to promote or peddle any type of hate propaganda and things that go along with it such as literature, paraphernalia and memorabilia.
In the war memorabilia thing I would be hesitant to label that as sin but at the same time cannot view it as right either.War is not something to be glorified.Yet by attaching such value and importance to things associated with war it seems to be glorifying it and even deriving profit from it.
Sadly, YYZ, there are many who call themselves Christians and are involved in that kind of thing.
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