I want to tackle another supposed contradiction in the Bible. An atheist uses this argument to say that the Bible contradicts Itself.
Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and your mother …
Luke 14:26 – If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.
Is this a contradiction? Does Jesus really want us to hate anything other than sin itself? Let’s take a close look at the passage in Luke 14. As with any text in the Bible (or literature in general) there is an immediate context that helps explain the text. Any person with an ounce of intellectual integrity will pay close attention to the context of any text or spoken phrase. Those who have an agenda and do not care much for the truth, they will avoid the context at all cost and just latch on to a few words or phrases, take them out of context, and spin the intended meaning to fit their own agenda. Since we as born again believers are taught to test everything and examine well (not blind faith like some say) we will examine the context of Luke 14.
I. The crowd is the key to understanding this message. The chapter opens with people who are very religious, but their religion was very superficial. They placed their pride above their relationship with God. In fact, they placed many things ahead of their relationship with God.
25 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 “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. 27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14)
28 “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 “Otherwise , when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand ? 32 “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. (Luke 14)