What is the difference between God hating something and man hating something?

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    graceinusposted 10 years ago

    What is the difference between God hating something and man hating something?

    What exactly does God hate? What and were does God draw the line on what is and is not to be hated? I know God hate's sin, but is there anything else He hates? Is man suppose to hate anything?

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    Rayne123posted 10 years ago

    I think for man, hate is a strong word. We may not like what is done or being done, however to hate only leaves anger or stress. I know there is not one of us that have used the word hate, however I think we mean that only in the heat of that moment.

    God does not want us to hate, he wants us to love everyone.

    God hates and will not forgive blasphemy. Jesus preached that to blasphemy Jesus will be forgiven but blasphemy our Creator and you will never be forgiven.

    God hates evildoers however he will still forgive them if they repent and seek Gods will and ways.

    I believe God is angry with the wicked everyday but hate I am not sure. He may hate the way we decided to keep his planet with the tools he gave us, but rather we destroyed it.

    So that is the only opinion I have right now.
    Good question

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Rayne123- Thank you for your answer., But I wish to ask you one questions. We know that God hates sin, so does that mean hating sin is good?

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    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    Hello Grace,
           Like you have already mentioned, I do believe (as the bible says) that God does hate sin. He hates sin but not the sinner? Almighty God can not even look upon sin. This is how strongly he feels about sin. I do think this is God's judgement, but probably not ours. Jesus said we are to love one another, even our enemies. God cannot see the sinner, unless he is saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, so how can God hate sinners? Those who have accepted Christ are covered in the blood so God can look upon them. To sum it up, the difference would be God is almighty, we that have accepted Christ are his children.

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      JTomps42-Thank you for your answer. I am aware of God's love for all of us. But my initial question is what else other than sin does God hate? We are to love everyone according to God's word. Is hate reserved only for God when it comes to hating sin?

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      JThomp42posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think we should hate the sin, but not the sinner my friend.

    3. PlanksandNails profile image81
      PlanksandNailsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      How do you hate sin? What does that look like? When you are really hating sin, what are you doing about it?

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      JThomp42posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Planks.... You just don't get it my friend.

    5. manatita44 profile image73
      manatita44posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think Planks intention is good. He is trying to make you think. You know, if you kill someone (God forbid) killing is a sin. But if in prison you awake to a Higher Reality, you would be of greater service to aspiring mankind.

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      JThomp42posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      What do I do about God's hate of sin and the salvation from it? I try and spread the good news whenever I can. Even though we are chastised every time we do so. So many non-believers it is truly very sad.

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    Porshadoxusposted 10 years ago

    I believe Christians should follow God's example and hate sin, love the sinner.

    As for your question-
    I've been asked whether God still loves demons (fallen angels). Not sure. If God hated anything other than sin, I reckon it might be demons. However, the Bible, as our source of truth, doesn't seem to answer that thought. I'm willing to allow God to handle it as He sees fit.

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Porshadoxus- Many thanks for your answer and many blessings.

  5. ii3rittles profile image79
    ii3rittlesposted 10 years ago

    I believe God hates sin, at that is all. He does not hate the sinners. We, as humans, tend to hate the sinner not the sin & that is a huge difference. Jesus taught us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. He taught us to hate the actions (sins) that go against God not the actual people who do (sinners).

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      ii3rittles- I thank you very much for your answer.

  6. manatita44 profile image73
    manatita44posted 10 years ago

    Well my Brother,
    I am going to be a little different here. I know God to be a God of love. I do not know Him to hate anything. So many of us, upon looking back, and that includes Solomon, Job, David and others, feel so much richer for past experience. So called 'sin' are in truth, teachers. They are only a lesser form of Light and do help us to grow. I will repeat here that God is a God of love. There is no room for hate. This is crucial.
    As to us, we are subjected to the Law of duality or polarity: Where there is hatred, there is bound to be love; without the shadows, there is no perception of Light; without the mountains, there will be no valleys. We measure winter, by the amount of sun or summer that there is and in the same way, as sure as we get evil, we will get good. Seen from a Higher standpoint, they are all part of the plan.
    Take away our suffering, and we will feel no appreciation and cease to grow. So yes, man does not truly hate. He feels frustrated true, but the Light in his heart is as bright as yours and mines. We are all God's children or prototypes. We are made in His image and He is without sin. Let me clarify that I believe in sin, but only as an impediment standing in our path. We are all Sons of Light. If you are stung by a stinging nettle, you may use another to remove it, and then you will be free. Our true nature is like God's in eternal freedom. Much peace.

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      manatita44- I will quote from Roman 9: 13 (NKJV) 13 As it is writen;" Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated."- This veres is a quote of the Lord in Malachi 1:2-3. -, manatita on this one point it's clear God does hate.  Thanks for your answer.

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      PlanksandNailsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      God's hatred is different than man's lustful hatred from a wicked heart. God hated Esau so much that he sent Jacob back to Esau; he bowed before him seven times and they were reunited. God's hatred is not carnal, like our minds think of it

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      PlanksandNails- You are correct.

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    PlanksandNailsposted 10 years ago

    This question can only be anserwed as a paradox.

    God sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins is God's act of hatred toward sinners. God hated Saul, but loved Paul. God's rejection of the sinner is by healing them from their sin. When sin is consumed and destroyed something else is born.

    God hates and loves sinners.

    God hates and loves without sin. That is the difference between God and man.

    Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. - 1 Corinthians 1:25

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      graceinusposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      PlanksandNails- I believe you are right. It is a paradox. I think that for us trying to understand His emotions, ie love, hate joy and so on is far beyound our reach. We simplely can not know the mind of God. Thank you.

  8. Jeff Berndt profile image75
    Jeff Berndtposted 10 years ago

    Well, when God hates something (assuming He ever does), He doesn't really say or do much about it. Not so that we can tell that He hates the thing, anyway. He doesn't send His angels around to do much smiting these days, and we haven't heard booming voices from the heavens lately, either.

    There are, of course, people who will try to tell you what God hates, but it's a funny thing: God only seems to hate what those people also hate.

    The way I figure it, when someone tells you that God hates something, they're probably just looking for an excuse to be a bully. They're not worth your time.

  9. Jason Posivio profile image58
    Jason Posivioposted 9 years ago

    I find Christians hold on to a sort of "self loathing" that they must always validate presumably to honor God and hate as He hates. This misunderstanding occurs because our culture redefines the words. First we must ask, what is evil? Most people in our culture picture vampires and demons of some sorts walking around just "being evil"- evil incarnate. Christians in our culture may say something like "deep down I know I am evil" or "my heart is evil". This understanding leads us to define our essence or core as "evil". But is that true? What is evil in scripture? One way to understand evil is that it is “a incomplete or false answer or a behavior that causes misleading, destruction or harm”. This is a subtle and important shift that causes even the devil to be redefined from "evil incarnate" to one who famously and continuously chooses harmful behaviors. Satan's pride leads him to act out behaviors that are destructive to God's creation and himself- and yet Satan himself is an angel. A creation of God. Corrupted not by his core or essence but by his behaviors- including his thoughts and plans leading to those behaviors. Someone famously said that “sin is shooting the arrow at the target and missing, and then evil is what came of it- where did that arrow go and what did it then do?” Finally, both Malichi 1:3 and Paul's quoting of it in Romans 9:13 have lead Christians almost universally to justify "hating" evil “like God does”. But God's hate in Malichi is clearly not the hatred we might imagine seeing in movies and relationships of today- Man hates with an emotional vehemence and with a judgment of value. We look upon something or someone as "worthless" and the more worthless we can make it or them, the more we can abuse, harm, or discard and disregard. Imagine going around stabbing vampires and killing them at all costs to stop them from taking over the world. If we hate our enemy- we properly take up arms against them in an attempt to destroy them. Is this the hatred of God we see in scripture? I don't think so. Can we see God out there abusing, harming or destroying his enemies? No. clearly we hate differently! Try defining hate as Malichi does- “to completely and utterly turn away from- to have nothing to do with it.” So when God hates Esau, he turned away from him- choosing to bless Jacob instead. Paul says “hate what is sin and turn from it.” He does not say “hate sin and do violence to it”. It would serve God much more to learn to love instead.

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      graceinusposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Jason- Thank you for your well thought out answer. Blessings


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