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Does God Still Love Those Who Sin Against Him?

Updated on June 28, 2010

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin?

Many will say that God does not hate those who sin against Him. A popular phrase, "Love the sinner, hate the sin," is often used in conjunction with this belief.

Of course, all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Some may believe they can willfully sin, then repent, doing this throughout their life. But, what does the Bible say?

Hebrews 10:26 states, "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins."  In Romans 6, Paul warns, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Ephesians 4:23: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27Neither give place to the devil. 28Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.

Does God Hate Sinners?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him," (John 3:36).

Psalm 5:5, "The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,"

Psalm 11:5, "The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates."

Lev. 20:23, "Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them."

Prov. 6:16-19, "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."

Hosea 9:15, "All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels."

From these passages, I think the answer is clear. God cannot love evil. Once a person turns their life over to evil and abandons God, God abandons him or her, unless and until that person turns from their sin and comes to God. God's love is conditional, based upon our response to it. To believe that God's love is unconditional is to believe that Jesus' sacrifice was unnecessary.

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      gobible 5 years ago

      Hi Ann,

      you are absolutely right in saying "God cannot love evil". I do believe in the light and dark theory of God, which says - God is light and no darkness in him; and God is love and God love those who love him.

      keep up the good work.

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      franknhonest 7 years ago

      According to the Bible, God only loves the elect. Of course, he sends rain on the just and on the unjust - he is GOOD to the unkind and evil, but he doesn't LOVE them.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      wilmiers77, I disagree with you that God loves everyone the same. The scriptures clearly show that is not the case. Does God offer equal opportunity to everyone--YES. God's church is spoken of as the "Bride of Christ." The church is made up of Christians. The analogy of a man loving his wife more than himself is used. This shows the special relationship and love that Christians have with Jesus. On the other hand, God is not willing that any should perish, and will open His arms to anyone who turns away from wickedness and comes to Him, as in the parable of the prodigal son.

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      wilmiers77 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      God loves everyone the same, regardless. The sinners have turned their backs to God.

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      fred allen 7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Romans 5:8 God demonstrated His LOVE for us in this, that WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, Christ died for us.

      This does not contradict any of the scriptures you referenced. It does however prove that God does in fact love "the sinner". It is imperitive that we also love them so as to soften their hearts toward the God who loves them and gave His son for them. This hub started quite a debate. I like that you published opposing views.

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      wise is he who has the discernment. There is grace and righteousness of God.

      The coin has two sides.

      Love you sis.

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      temiprice 7 years ago

      Anna Lee, you've sparked an interesting discussion and I respect your opinion, but I disagree. Consider the parable of the two sons. Did the Father stop loving the son who had turned his back on him. Never. We're not told what would have happened if the son hadn't returned. He would probably have died a stranger in a strange land - and his father would have continued to mourn him. But he did return and the father RAN to meet him. I don't think there can be any clearer representation of God's feelings than this. Did he suddenly begin to love him again when he turned? It seems unlikely. It seems more likely that he missed the relationship and rejoiced when it was restored.

      PS- I appreciate your boldness and honesty in writing on hard topics.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Simple word from me. God still love us, no matter what happen to us. Thank you very much. I hope it could increase our spirituality side.

      Prasetio

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      Dear Dave, it is never my intention to "twist" scripture. I have been accused of being "too honest" in my life, but not twisting things. I quoted old testament scriptures to show where God said he hated those who did evil. If you can show me where this is wrong, I will write a hub correcting whatever you show me is wrong. My only goal is to impart truth, not to glorify myself.

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      AnaKirk 7 years ago

      Excellent hub. The comment about whether God is a "with me" or "against me" God shows lack of knowledge of the scriptures which makes it plain that there is no middle ground. Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad" (Matthew 12:30). I see nothing in your hub that is twisting scripture as you've quoted it word for word--this is exactly what's so disturbing to some people. Continue to boldy proclaim the truth of God's word. I give this hub a vote and label it "awesome."

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      William Grant 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      The only part of that that comes close to answering the question is when Peter says: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him."

      Which seems to be a contradiction. On the one hand, God shows no partiality, as long as you fear him. Certainly the lesson here isn't "Do good where you can, but fear God or else." Right is right regardless of who tells you it is. You don't have to fear God to do what is right. You only have to fear God if you would normally not do what is right and therefor need the incentive. I would think that God would want to have followers who did right because they thought it was right, not because God told them to.

      Anyway, Cornelius already believed in God. I'm surprised you didn't quote Luke 9:49 through 51.

      But what it doesn't answer is where your soul goes when you die if you have been doing the right thing, yet rejecting (or at least not worshiping) God.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      Peter was sent to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, beginning with Cornelius. Cornelius was described as a devout man who offered alms daily--he believed in God, but had not been taught about Christ. To read the outcome, read Acts 10.

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      William Grant 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      "Prov. 6:16-19, "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.""

      I notice that this passage doesn't mention belief in God at all, which brings up an interesting question: Can one turn away from God without turning TO evil? Is God a "You're with me or against me." kind of entity? Or another question: Can you be an ally of God without worshiping Him, and what does that do to your soul when you finally die?

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      twogroce 7 years ago

      Hey Anne Lee Your title is "Does God Still Love Those Who Sin Against Him? Love the sinner, hate the sin"

      I think you did a good job relating scripture to this question and statement. God is mighty and powerful he is also loving and forgiving. I believe God loves us all as a father loves his chilren and it hurts when a child does wrong but when they go to their father for guidence, direction and forgiveness it brings joy to the father as he knows the relationship between father and child is strong. I believe it is the same between God and His children. When we do wrong regardless what it is we need to go to Him and give Him our hearts and seek forgivness and strength. God is our Father and He wants us to grow strong as we are also His soldiers so yes He has set certain rules called the COMMANDMENTS for us to live our lives by. The Bible is full of powerful scriptures to guide us as we go. God bless you all!

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      AnnLee some of what you say in this Hub has merit, but you are taking some of the key words in the scriptures and twisting them to suit your own way of seeing things, rather than taking the text as written. To twist Holy Scripture like that is wrong, it sounds like something from maybe a Jehovah Witness or from some of the Mormon ways of perceiving things.

      Brother Dave

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Interesting hub. Thank you for inviting me to read it.

      Forever His,

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      Moses was born in Egypt on the 7th of Adar of the year 2368 from creation (1393 BCE) and passed away on his 120th birthday -- Adar 7, 2488 (1273 BCE)

      On the 6th Sivan of the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), seven weeks after the Exodus, God revealed Himself on Mount Sinai. The entire people of Israel (600,000 heads of households and their families), as well as the souls of all future generations of Jews, heard God declare the first two of the Ten Commandments and witnessed God's communication of the other eight through Moses. Following the revelation, Moses ascended the mountain for 40 days, to receive the remainder of the Torah from God.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      The Bible is an ancient collection of writings, comprised of 66 separate books, written over approximately 1,600 years, by at least 40 distinct authors. The Old Testament contains 39 books written from approximately 1500 to 400 BC, and the New Testament contains 27 books written from approximately 40 to 100 AD. The Jewish Bible (Tanakh) is the same as the Christian Old Testament, except for its book arrangement. The original Old Testament was written mainly in Hebrew, with some Aramaic, while the original New Testament was written in common Greek.[5]

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      AKA Winston 7 years ago

      (It would not at all surprise me if the great philosophers read the Bible)

      No, I am sure that if you believe in a living disembodied all powerful mind that it would be nothing for you to also believe that Aristotle and Plato, who lived some 400-500 years before Jesus was born, somehow managed to read the Bible even though it had yet to be written when they were alive.

      Nope, that is no a surprise at all.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      Also, the historical accuracy of the old testament prophecies verifies that these were indeed prophecies--not written after the fact. How would common men know these things other than through a supreme being, i.e., God?

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      It would not at all surprise me if the great philosophers read the Bible, therefore, using this as their credible source. Have you never heard the phrase "There is nothing new under the sun?" So much for originality. Everyone's work is based on someone else's work.

      My belief in the Bible is based on the writings of credible authors who made studying the Bible their life's work. Many articles cite the work of these authors who proved the historical, scientific, and archaeological accuracy of the Bible. If you read these authors' writing with an open mind, you will be amazed at these proofs. http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/b_proof.shtm

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      AKA Winston 7 years ago

      I'll let Aristotle know that everything he wrote about reason and logic was hogwash, then, as he thought it up himself and had no "credible source" to quote.

      By the way, what credible source are you quoting that says opinion is not credible unless you back it up with credible sources?

      (I quote from scripture because I believe)

      This is all you had to say. But you might want to understand that because you believe something does not make it a credible source to someone else.

      The common denominator of credible sources among humans is reason.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      All credible writing uses credible sources. Your opinion is not credible unless you back it up with facts, i.e., credible sources.

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      AKA Winston 7 years ago

      In other words, no. That's what I thought.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      There have been quite a few "rational" scientists who credited the Bible with helping them to make their discoveries and saw no conflict between belief in the Bible and Science. For a list of these scientists, check out this article: http://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/X0027_Scienti...

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      I quote from scripture because I believe that all scripture is inspired by God. God is all knowing--wiser than any man and His words are truthful, trustworthy, and wiser than any words I, or anyone could speak.

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      AKA Winston 7 years ago

      Is it possible for a Christian to reasonably discuss Christianity without quoting from scripture? How about a rational discussion that does not refer back to a quotes from a text to make a point.

      Is that even in the realm of possibility?

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      God still allows the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. In this life, both good and evil receive His blessings. After death, it's a different story. Although, God hates evil, he shows love towards evil people by his long suffering, and His good works towards them. We are not commanded to love our enemies with affection in our

      hearts...

      a. Experienced in families (Gr., storge)

      b. Expressed among friends (Gr., phileo)

      c. Especially with brethren (Gr., philadelphia)

      2. We are commanded to love our enemies with an act of the will...

      a. Displaying active good will toward them (Gr., agape)

      b. Blessing them, doing to good them, praying for them

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      wilmiers77 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      By all Means! Unconditionally.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9 KJV)

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      khmohsin 7 years ago

      God gives time to those who does sin so that they could come to right side.

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      Cecilia 7 years ago from New York

      Sacrifice and its relation to unconditional love has many layers of truth. That is why the rose and the cross are so intimately intertwined in Christian symbology.

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      Captain Jimmy 7 years ago from WV

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      jasper420 7 years ago

      thanks this defintly answers some qushtions see im a new found faith always looking for more info about my savoir