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It is obvious that the Lord was using the term "hate" in only a relative sense--that is, in relation to one's love for God and His will. Jesus has commanded us to "love thy neighbor" (Matthew 22:39) and even to "love your enemies" (Matthew 5:44), so it is obvious that we are to love our families. But love for God should be paramount: "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" (Luke 10:27). There are cases when, in so loving the Lord, "a man's foes shall be they of his own household" (Matthew 10:36). Happily, such cases are the exception but, if ever such a choice has to be made, the one who is truly Christ's disciple must follow Him (Luke 14:27).
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8