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The Hate That is Love

The Hate That is Love

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BY REV. R. J. CAMPBELL, M.A,

" If any jnan cofne to Me, and hate not his father^ and
mother^ and wife, a7td children, and brethren, and
sisters^ yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My
disciple."— JN. xiv, 26.
BY REV. R. J. CAMPBELL, M.A,

" If any jnan cofne to Me, and hate not his father^ and
mother^ and wife, a7td children, and brethren, and
sisters^ yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My
disciple."— JN. xiv, 26.

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THE HATE THAT IS LOVE BY REV. R. J. CAMPBELL, M.A," If any jnan cofne to Me, and hate not his father^ and mother^ and wife, a7td children, and brethren, and sisters^ yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple."— JN. xiv, 26. This is one of the hard sayings of Jesus, and if we were now hearing it for the first time, apart from the authority of His great name, we should probably consider it the utterance of a madman. If there be one sentence in the whole Bible which forbids a literal interpretation it is this. On the face of it, it seems to inculcate a fanatical indiffer-ence to the claims of ordinary filial duty and affec-tion, not to speak of the obligations implied in being members of a civilised society. It is because we are used to it that we pass lightly over its diffi-culties, and content ourselves with explanations which are not explanations at all. The truth is, that we have here one of the profoundest and most uncompromising assertions ever made as to the necessity for self-renunciation if we would know
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the inner meaning of life. It is one of those mag-nificent paradoxes in which the greatest teacher the world has ever known lays bare the secret of His own power over evil. Let us try, following 121 122 THE HATE THAT IS LOVE the guidance of His teaching as a whole, to under-stand what He means by a test so searching and so apparently cruel as this. The first thing to notice is that Jesus' own behaviour negatives any possibility of putting a harsh interpretation upon these words. He cer-tainly did not hate any one, least of all His own mother. The Being who took little children up in His arms and blessed them was hardly likely to curse them in the next breath; and the fact that He was able to see the beauty of child life at all is proof positive that he was no inhuman enthusiast
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carried away by religious zeal to such an extent as to repudiate all earthly ties. The episodes in His ministry when He showed Himself tender and gentle to children and women, in an age when both were treated with scant respect, seem to have greatly impressed His followers. It was not on one occasion only that He showed this side of His character, but on many. His illustrations from child life were frequent. The incident about set-ting a little child in the midst of quarrelling men and telling them that they must become like that child in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven was no isolated one; when we compare the gospel narratives the conclusion appears irresistible that He often acted in this way, so often indeed that His disciples ceased to be astonished thereat. " Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones, for I say unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father." '' If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your
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