What God Hates
A Good Explanation For God's Hatred of Sin
God's Love Means Hatred of Some Things
It has been said of God that if He is truly a God of love, He should never hate anything. But when you think about it, you can never be truly loving unless you hate something. For instance, what kind of a loving parent would just allow their child to run wild and do anything that they like? They know that if a child does certain things that those things will hurt, or even kill them. For instance, the parent should hate it that the child takes illegal drugs, or joins a gang. Hatred is not the opposite of love. Rather, apathy is the polar opposite. In other words, not caring at all.
God cares for us deeply, which means that He hates some things completely. He truly hates sin. Not simply because it grates against His very holy nature, but because it destroys that which He has created to be perfect and good.
I. God's Hatred of Sin
All sin is destructive in some way. It is a violation of the created order of things and destroys the beauty that God has made in the universe.
Some people see God as an old cosmic kill-joy who doesn't want anyone to have fun. However, prohibitions against sin are not that at all. The Lord created the universe to work in a certain way. There are certain laws that cannot be violated without causing devastating results of some kind.
For instance, who would argue with God and tell Him: "I don't think that I should have to obey the law of gravity. That is a rule that God has put on this earth to stop us from doing what we want to do and I'm not going to be told how to live!?"
Lets say that this same person walks off of a cliff in defiance of the law. What do you think will happen? Obviously, the guy who does this is going to die. Because, no matter how much he refuses to believe that gravity exists, or refuses to obey it, there are dire consequences for his defiant actions.
The same is true in the spiritual realm. If we disobey the spiritual laws that God has placed in the universe, it will cause death and destruction every time. God says:
"The soul that sins, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20).
He also tells us:
"For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).
Death can be physical, spiritual and eternal. Physical death separates soul from body. Spiritual death separates the soul from a holy God. And eternal death is eternal separation from God in Hell.
So God hates that which causes the ruin of all the good things that He has made, and brings a separation between Himself and mankind, created in His very image. Indeed He so violently hates sin because He so intensely loves His creation. That is especially true of mankind for whom He gave His only Son to die.
II. Specific Sins Listed in Scripture
Although we could say, in a general way, that God hates all that is sinful, Scripture actually gets specific about certain sins that the Lord hates. It would seem that these are particularly heinous because they are extremely devastating.
For instance, Scripture points out that God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). This would seem to be true because marriage is the very foundation of society. Man and woman, created in the image of God, were designed to unite as one flesh and demonstrate the glory of God throughout the world. As the family unit is destroyed, so the destruction of society becomes more imminent.
Now let us look at another place in the Word of God and see a famous passage which discusses seven things that God hates.
In Proverbs 6:16-19 we read:
"There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."
1. Pride, the great sin of Satan, is the exaltation of self above all else, even God. It goes completely against the humility shown by Christ, the real master of the universe, who humbled himself, even to death on a cross. A prideful person cannot, or more accurately, will not serve and give the rightful glory to the God of the universe.
2. A lying tongue is not from the God of truth, but from Satan himself. Jesus told some people in His day: "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do" (John 8:44). However, when we come to know Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the truth will make us free (John 8:32).
3. Hands that shed innocent blood. God does not like those who would destroy a person created in His image. Murder is forbidden precisely for this fact. But we can also murder people's character with the words that we speak and by hating our brother (I John 3:15).
4. A heart that devises wicked schemes. Sin begins in the heart. The evil that is sown in the heart, is reaped in actions. And the God who looks upon the heart sees the wicked schemes being devised.
5. Feet that are quick to rush into evil. These are people who flagrantly violate the will of God. They openly boast of their acts and don't even pretend to be good. But they will not escape God's judgment.
6. A false witness who pours out lies. The prohibition against false testimony, or witness, is seen as a natural consequence of loving your neighbor as yourself. It includes the idea of a person who gives false reports about another. It is slandering his good name. God despises those who lie and destroy the character of another.
7. A man who stirs up dissension among the brothers. God originally intended mankind to live in community. The Body of Christ today is a restoration of that community. Someone who sows discord, or stirs up dissension, destroys God's original design.
Now that we know that there are indeed things that God hates, we as His people need to learn to hate what He hates as well. May it never be said of any of us that we loved sin in any of its forms. But rather let us all despise it and do our best to remove evil thoughts and deeds from our lives.