If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sister, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) This seems a shocking…
To another he said, "Come, follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." But he said, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of…
And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of the mamon of unrighteousness; so that when it fails, they may receive you into eternal dwellings. (Luke 16:9) This saying comes at the end of the parable of the…
Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter: but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. (Mark 3:28-29) And everyone…
To you the secret of the kingdom of God has been given: but to those who are outside everything comes by way of parables, so that (as Scripture says) they may look, but see nothing; they may hear, but understand…
Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.(Mark 10:11-12) This was felt to be a hard saying by the disciples who first heard it. It…
You lack one thing: go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. (Mark 10:21) This, of course, is the story of the rich young man, that very…
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." (John 6:53) On hearing Jesus make this statement, many of his disciples said, "This…
"Do you think I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." (Luke 12:51) This quotation from Luke 12:51 (and the parallel passages in other Gospels) are more than puzzling. They are upsetting and…