Is it possible to hate the sin but love the sinner? If so, is it hard and is there a cut off line?
I've heard so many times to hate the sin, but love the sinner? Do you agree and how hard is it?
Being able to love someone who has committed what one would consider an unspeakable act seems almost to be an impossible task for me sometimes, especially when it comes to acts committed against a child or animal. Do you have any advice on how to make this any easier and is there a cut off point?
There is not a cut off point. We are to love people as we want to be loved. Would we want God to stop loving us for our sins? It is very hard to love people sometimes, but remember loving them does not mean liking them, or their choices. My advice is to read what the Bible says about love. You may want to use a concordance there is a lot on the matter :p it paints a very clear picture of love, love that is very different than the popular conception of love. It also describes how to love.
The best example of loving sinners was murdered by the sinners he loved and continues to love.
Yes, you love everyone...its not your job to judge their sins. You pray for them and love them in hopes they find their way to God and his forgiveness. God doesn't stop loving us, we shouldn't stop loving others just because they sin...we all sin.
Just remember that love is not a warm fuzzy feeling, it is an action (although love does make us feel happy of course) and therefore to love someone is to want them to come to a point of repentance for the bad things they are doing and to pray for them constantly. It does not mean blindly accepting what they are doing. Showing you love and care for someone is to do what you can to help them, even if all you are able to do is pray for them.
Absolutely Charlu - it is possible to hate the sin and love the sinner. I think it is easy to draw the line, but depending on the relationship it may be difficult to stick to it. I say that from personal experience. A good "friend" of mine is supposed to be doing some musical work for a play I wrote and has not completed his tasks as of yet. But, when I ask how it's coming along he makes up these lies everytime. Each time I have found out the truth and called him out on it. Then I say okay that's it. You're done - I'm going to go with someone else. But, then when I had to meet with him I gave him chance after chance. Finally, I drew the line. It was hard at first. But, i found I was more stressed and frustrated with the situation and he didn't care.
Yes, as Christians we are to hate the sin and love the sinner. What we must realize is in God's eyes no sin is greater than another. But, by human standards it is so hard to accept this because we are thinking like humans and not like God. And also just because we hate the sin and love the sinner doesn't mean that we must associate ourselves with them. Jesus says in the Bible to "Love one another." I think this is the type of love that overcomes malice. Not the same kind of love we have for our loved ones, friends, etc.
I think most of the saying is just a way of making people feel better about their judgments and justify their ways. Quite often I hear people who are against gay marriage say that they just hate the sin not the sinner. Followed by the same person voting against equal rights for gays. Seems to me if we loved someone we would treat them as equals. On another side people claim to hate the sin of murder. They scream for them to be executed. Sound like love? No. People need to accept the fact that it is ok not to like someone or something and stop trying to make everything so politically correct.
".... to hate the sin, but love the sinner", is a quote from Gandhi from his autobiography. It is not Scriptural. On the surface this phrase seems good, but is misleading and confusing.
The reason it is so hard to understand, or walk out this phrase is that it is very hard to make the distinction between a sin and the person who commits it. Even under your best intentions you will be inclined or drawn to hate the sinner. Even applying it to yourself, you may end up hating yourself because of it.
We must remember that sin is separation from God and walking out love is not always warm fuzzy feelings
The true Gospel is not feeding into the hatred and judging the world with our self-righteousness. On the other hand, within the church, part of God's love is walking out separation from those who deny Jesus Christ, His power, and His standards by continuing to live in habitual sinful lifestyle. If we are not obedient by walking out what God's righteous behaviour is in the church, then we are not loving the sinner or our brothers and sisters in Christ, and being disobedient to His standards.
This phrase is a paradox and the principle itself will be impossibly confusing. The apostasy of the church today stems from swaying to far one way or the other. God's Word makes distinctions for each case concerning what sinful behaviours are and walking out what His standard of love is in proper context. If we cannot make those distinctions then we are being disobedient to God's doctrinal standards that He has set forth.
The love of God is the righteousness of His wrath and abundance of His grace for those who choose to accept Him.
Yes; but it's hard to answer very general and hypothetical questions like this.The more specific you can be, the better. The world is not so black and white.
Yes. That's what we're supposed to do. I love everybody, myself, but I don't always like the way they do.
It seems that animals such as cats and dogs have far more ability to forgive a sin and love the sinner than we do. For example a puppy will continue to love its master even though it might be beaten, tortured, and put through all manner of pain. Domestic cats are much the same. They seem to have the ability to put resentment and feelings of revenge behind them. They tend to love unconditionally.
In some respect a human child is much the same. We all long to be loved. But in childhood we can suffer an awful lot of indiginities, humiliations and even really bad abuse yet still love our parents even though they might be the perpetrators.
However, there comes a point in our lives as we move towards adulthood where where something hardens in us. We will take no more. The sin is then identified with the sinner. It is not something he or she does but what he or she is. That is the cut off point.
I suppose it is possible, however I believe it is in direct conflict with the teachings of Jesus. To define the actions of another as sin is to judge another human being. It is casting a stone. Who has that right?
This question has complex answers, i think.
We are told not to judge and we are also told not to sin.So what is the sin and who is the sinner.The same Bible that tells us not to kill also says that a person who makes children sin is fit to have a stone tied to their neck and drowned.
This is my opinion even though not everyone will agree with it:
I think that judging people who are undergoing personal struggles is wrong but so is standing by and letting people who are doing something wrong continue.
Is it easy to love a rapist? NO! Yest God expects us to(at the moment i personally think such people should be castrated or killed).
I think God expects us to preach to all sinners of all kinds no matter how much we do not want to.
At the same time that same God expects that such sinners should receive justice on this earth for their sins.If we stand by and let in justice continue, then God will hold us responsible.
In conclusion, we should not be so eager to prove we love even the sinners and hating their sin and forget that justice has to be found for the victims who have been hurt against their will.
I will say though, that that answer is still not satisfactory even for me.The debate in my head still continues....
It's much easier if the sinner is someone you already love. Then do you stop loving them if they do a terrible thing? If the person in question is a stranger, then it's much harder to separate the person from the act.
You wouldn't hate a person if sin was nt there. So my answer is hate the sin not the person.
by graceinus 3 years ago
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