For those of you who were around at the time, the apologist "AlexBP" started a thread back in 2010 in an attempt to respond to this video. His claim was basically that the video-maker was misinterpreting the bible and that the passages cited therein were not to be taken literally (i.e. - as metaphor) - to which those critical thinkers who responded did so by basically calling bullshit. Anyways, the question still remains:
Christians: Why do you refuse to obey Jesus when he has called you to do the things listed in the video (i.e. - the things in the bible)? Please note that in your attempt to respond to this we will be anticipating the "out of context" or "misinterpretation" charge. No, we aren't misinterpreting the bible. You are. But let's have the debate anyways!
I think this is a very thought provoking post. I will try to answer with my opinions.
Some Chritians refuse, sometimes on pain of death, to go to war.
2. Sell everything.
Some Christians have done this, among them are evangalists that spend their lives in underdeveloped countries.
3. Abandon your family.
Jesus himself did not abandon his family because his family followed him. Had they not followed they would have been abandoned. And it does not say "abandon". It says "leave". Children are also told to "leave" their parents and be united with a spouse. I don't think either means to entirely abandon. I mean if you have to then yes. Many Christians have done this because family was unwilling to accept the Christianity.
I have wrestled with this myself. I think this may be literally meant. However it is not presented as the only option. The apostle instructed Christians to "beat" their flesh into submission. If I can stop my eye from sinning then I'm not going to poke it out. If you can't then you are better off without it. But I imagine most Christians cease their worship before doing such a thing. In other words, they choose disobediance and their worship become null and void.
However I think this must be tempered with the Bible's teaching that noone can be perfect, although it is the goal for which they strive. The only way to absolutely prevent yourself from sinning would be to kill yourself, but that too would be a sin so some balance must be maintained. If you slip up and make a mistake then that is one thing. That I think is covered by Jesus' own sacrifice. But if it's a sin that you just can't rid yourself of then it really would be better to cut off the offending member, if doing so would actually prevent the sin.
5. Drinking poison.
The Bible does say that cerain signs would accompany Christians. However, it also says this, "Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.......But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:8,13)
I am certainly no great authority on the Bible. But these are my thoughts.