Perpetua and Felicity: Weighing the Cost of Choosing Between Family or Faith

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Perpetua and Felicity: Weighing the Cost of Choosing between Family or Faith

Church History
CHHI 520

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………….3

What Did Jesus Mean in Matthew 10:37 and Luke 14:26? ………………………3-9

The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitias………………………………………… 9-16

Conclusion......………………………………………………………………………16-19

Bibliography……………………………………………………………………….….19

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Introduction
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This passage is unique to Luke, though verses 26-27 are like Matthew 10:37-38. It is significant that this passage is addressed to large crowds. Jesus offered himself to all, but he also was honest from the very beginning of his teaching about what the journey would entail. What Jesus asks for is first place in one 's heart. That is what successful discipleship requires. Jesus calls for a follower who literally be willing to hate in comparison to Jesus -his mother and father, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters, even his own life. The point of the specific list is that no other relationship is first for a disciple. "Hate" is used symbolical and suggests a priority of relationship. Jesus must be first. Yet, does this mean we must literally hate our own parents, wife, children, etc.? Notice that Jesus says we must even hate our own lives. Clearly this is not absolute or literal. Are we not told to love others as we love ourselves, and no one hates his own flesh? (see again Matt. 22:36-40; Eph. 5:29). "Hate" here does not mean to have no love at all nor to keenly seek the harm of others. All Bible passages must be explicitly compared to other passages within the Bible in its’ entirety. Many other Scriptures command us to love everyone (Matt. 22:36-40). Unquestionably that includes our family. Ephesians 5:22-25 commands men to love their wives, and Titus 2:4 commands wives to love their
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