Thursday, February 5, 2009

Love and Hate

"The cliché, God hates the sin but love the sinner, is false on the face of it and should be abandoned. Fourteen times in the first fifty Psalms alone, we are told that God hates the sinner, His wrath is on the liar, and so forth. In the Bible, the wrath of God rests both on the sin (Romans 1:18ff) and on the sinner (John 3:36)."
-D.A. Carson
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, Crossway, 2000, p. 69.

4 comments:

Puritan said...

I think we have to take care not to run to other extreme here. Yes God clearly hates the sin and the sinner, but in another sense we are told whilst we were sinners Christ died for us, and that God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son, and that Christ came into the world to save sinners, so in another sense God hates the sin and loves the sinner.

Underdog Theology said...

Everything in the universe that does not reflect God's perfections is loathsome and hateful in His eyes. He detests ungodliness so much that He took it upon Himself to bring everything back to perfection through the shedding of His blood.

Every human being that is not under the blood of Christ will never be perfected. Therefore, he or she will be burned up in everlasting torment, while the old universe shall likewise be cast to the flames, to make way for the new heavens and new earth.

Kefas-JDFK said...

God still loves the sinner:
"Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life."

God hates the fact that we are in our sinful nature enemy of Him- that is pure Love, but is love is bigger than our hate!

Ben said...

Perhaps the way to resolve the apparent contradiction that God both loves and hates the sinner is to make the following distinction:

God hates the sinner for who the sinner is. God’s word makes it clear that there is nothing good in the sinner (Rom. 3:10-18) and God, being perfectly good, cannot love that which is evil. Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that evil is not merely something external to the sinner, but that it proceeds from the very heart of the sinner (Matt. 15:17-20). Men are not therefore sinners merely because they sin, but sin because they are sinners. Can God hate the sin and not hate the fountain from which it springs?

Yet God, for his own sake, has chosen to love the sinner in spite of who he (the sinner) is. There is nothing in the sinner that makes God love him, nothing in the sinner that draws God’s love out of him. God loves the sinner simply because He is a God of love who rejoices in redeeming that which in itself is ugly, dirty and hateful, washing it by the blood of the Lamb thereby making it pure, holy and lovely to the glory of his grace. Amen!