Jesus says some harsh sounding things in the gospel for today like to hate father and mother. He can’t possibly mean it, can He? No, He doesn’t. Family ties that bound were the most important things to a person who lived in Jesus’ time as it still is in the Middle East today. Replace the word “hate” with disattachment. Social Science commentators tell us that biblical “love” is the equivalent of “attachment” Thus, to hate means just the opposite. Jesus was telling His disciples that their attachment to Him and His group had to me more than the attachment to parents and blood family.