10 Radical Sayings of Jesus

David Platt’s Radical is a shock of a bestseller: a book that challenges people to follow the Jesus of the gospels—the one who called people to leave their homes, abandon their jobs, risk their lives, and even give up their families for him. Platt asks us to examine what happens when we get serious about the gospel and join the radical journey of the disciples of Jesus.

rincon4567

03/31/2013 02:24:07 AM

We must remember that GOD is the only way, the CORRECT Way. WE seem to forget & try to do things our own way? This is why we get into so much trouble? I WOULD LIKE To SAY One thing, LET GOD DO YOUR THINKING! amen from Sister Debra Rincon Lopez in Portland OREGON USA.

omm

06/04/2012 06:34:37 AM

One problem we have is that our way of thinking about relationships is very different from that of first century Mediterranean people. We are individuals, understanding ourselves introspectively. We think out who we are. They were group-oriented. They were who they were because they were incorporated in a particular community. They were defined by their community and by the way others regarded them, not by what they thought of themselves. Conscience was the accusing voice of others, not an interior sense of guilt. Most often the reference group was the family. But it could be a group constituted in a different way. Jesus was calling people into a new community under God, which he intended as an effective response to society's ills. That meant leaving an old community which was not proving equal to the challenge of the times. ''Hating'' the members of your family did not imply violent antipathy (though that could happen). It did mean detachment from the old and attachment to the new.

astellabluedaydream

10/13/2011 10:04:23 PM

michaleallen- i believe some of this comes from a total lack of understanding of the translators. although i am unsure of this passage's translation, in particular, i know there are quite a few places in the bible where someone translated a sentence in a way that made sense to them, when the real meaning seems to be something spiritual that you would have had to ponder a little harder to understand. this, i think, may well be the case with the "hate your family" thing. (especially considering that Jesus' thoughts on true religion were all about love for God and other people.) it would be worth looking up alternate translations for this verse, or for the original text.

michaelallen

10/11/2011 12:42:34 PM

I wish there had been some kind of narrative to go with the scripture. I would have liked to know what the author thinks of such scriptures as hate your family. I've battled with that one and don't know why Jesus would say that...

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10/01/2011 10:57:15 AM

I believe that many people do not understand what they read in the bible or told by so call scolars. Mary is very important to many. Did Jesus ever call her Mother? Jesus is the son of God, as such he could have no physical part of Mary, she was only the source of bringing him into the world. Experts claim the earth is 14 billion years old. God spoke the earth into being, then his breath is as old as He and has no age. Many people do not believe Jesus arose from the grave. Why would be wish to be the source of a fake religion? The people who followed him, gave their life in his name. Who would do that without belief. The experts claim Matthew and John were copies of Mark. Matthew and John were eye witnesses while Mark and Luke were followers of Paul.

mvjimo

09/12/2011 09:04:46 AM

All these passages are worth remembering. But taking Mt 10:28 and titling it "Fear God" is a good reason why not all people are Christians. "Fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell." Is that the loving God? I don't think so! Only the adversary Satan delights in destroying all of those who would be God's children.

wiscobiker

09/05/2011 06:52:48 PM

A lot of weird comments here. Part of the reason I think religious people are weird and sometimes dangerous. The way I see this saying "Deny yourself and follow me" is if one wants to be a disciple of jesus then be prepared to give up EVERYTHING. For the rest of us take what is said with a grain of salt. If the shoe fits then wear it.

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08/15/2011 09:03:16 AM

"hate" is used as an idiomatic expression to mean "love less than". "not even the sacredness of family loyalty should outweigh our commitment to Christ, since we must be willing to abandon even close relationships to follow him" Dr Scott Hahn

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08/14/2011 09:15:52 PM

I love it! I think I will use that as my favorite quote. Thanks for sharing!

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08/13/2011 02:59:37 PM

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05/02/2011 04:02:02 PM

Jesus left an example to his followers as one of service to others. He turned on its head the selfishness of humankind, concerned with gaining things and attention toward self. The kingdom of heaven's rewards to those who serve others, while putting their interests before their own is high. By the way these rewards begin in the here and now, as I know first hand, as God provides for me as I help others. Jesus' messege of selflessness especially today is contrary to the thinking of such a self seeking culture, where it's all about me, mine, and I.

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04/20/2011 03:01:54 PM

The word 'Hate' in this day and age is a really strong term to use, as Jesus is the very personification of love in that he gave his perfect life in sacrifice so that we may re-gain that which our blood ancestor Adam lost, it is hard in lay terms to understand the use of this word within the context of what Jesus was actually saying. Reading in the context of what Jesus was really saying was 'to love less' and not 'Hate' as we understand the word and all it implies.

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02/25/2011 04:07:53 PM

Jesus, the great physician/healer, always tailored his "treatment/therapy" to all "patients". This person loved his belongings so much it was keeping him from God, so he gave this therapy to help him heal. God wants you to be prosperous. He knows the TRUE "secrets" of becoming prosperous "healthy", and that is to not only manage well what you are given, but also to give. Many verses on prosperity here http://www.believers.org/believe/bel145.htm . So don't assume that everyone needs to sell everything to be a "good follower" of Christ. Some may need to (when they do they will be blessed.). Others may not (if they did, they would not be blessed). :O)

zayden2

01/19/2011 08:57:57 AM

I MUST HAVE GOT THE WRONG UNDERSTANDING IN LUKE 14:26 THE AUTHOR WROTE ..IF ANY MAN COME TO ME ,AND HATE NOT HIS FATHER ECT.... IN THE PASSAGE ON HERE IT READ AND NOT HATE THAT WAS CONFUSNG TO ME BECAUSE I KNOW GOD IS LOVE SO WHY WOULD YOU TWIST THE WORDS AROUND?IT,S COMMING ACROSS LIKE YOU ARE SUSPOSE TO HATE...

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01/11/2011 10:47:25 PM

In reality I'm just a rebel you see, tellin' the truth the way I see it. That's exactly what 1.0 did, do you believe he paid a price for it? What if I told you that he actually survived, what would you think about that? In reality that's the way the story is told in the Noble Qur'an! That book came from a single source, the provenance is undeniable. On the other hand the bible was compiled by the hands of many men. Both the old & the new are exactly the same, except the story they tell. I know what absolute truth is, and I'm not lying to you. I was nurtured in the womb of Gabrielle, and delivered to tell the truth. The Nobel Qur'an was delivered by the Angel Gabriel. It is the absolute true word of GOD, and I'm telling you the truth. You may not believe, but it doesn't matter to me, do you think I care about you? In reality I care about everyone, about the same amount. You could call it equality of thought, but in reality we aren't all equal. Some of us are smarter than others, and some lie all the time. I'm just a Muslim Master Mind who has mastered his mind. I've got peace of mind & my actions are peaceful. I HOPE you know you can't CHANGE that, And I'm not Barack Obama. That guy offered HOPEless slogans of CHANGE, and now look where we are at! With an Everlasting Love, Now, & Forever Always, virtually yours, jesus christ

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