Does God love sinners? What do you think?

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Feedback requested, Me and God, The Bible

Often times I hear that “God hates sin and loves the sinner” and I even found it to be correct.. until a friend of mine posed a series of questions that led me to do some investigative work… now, I am not totally sure; what do you think?

After reading several Bible verses and reading commentaries, I have come to the following conclusions –at least for now:

1. God does hate sin and sinners (Palm 5:5, 2 Kings 23-26, Prov 6:16-19, Psalm 11:5)

2. While He hates us as sinners, He loves us -all, everyone, to the point of dying  for us even when we were sinners (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-5)

3. Once and when a person accepts Jesus’ work of salvation in the cross by faith through grace, then that person is born again he or she becomes a new creation and declared, judicially, before God, Holy and righteous just as Jesus is. All sins past, present and future are forgiven (1 Cor 6:11, Rom 9:1, 1 Peter 2:9 etc)

4. Therefore, a believer (a born again Christian), although commits sin (1 John 1:8), is NOT a sinner -as he has been already forgiven and justified and therefore not hated by God as His wrath has been satisfied in Jesus at the Cross (Rom 3:24-26) –the enmity between God and the Christian has been destroyed by the work of the Cross. God loves the Christian in spite of sin (Eph 2, James 4 Romans 8 etc)

The question is:

–       Does God both hate and love men who are not born again Christians?

–       Can love and hate exist simultaneously?

  1. By the way, I know there are certain things we won be able to understand on this side of eternity and this topic may be one example. Also, my believe and trust in God -or anyone else’s for that matter, is in no way jeopardized or affected by the full understanding of these questions or the lack of thereof, I just want to hear points of view (backed by Bible).

  2. Jeff says:

    What I think is amazing is that God’s love doesn’t just love what it likes, God’s love is able to love what He previously hated. That is some great love, woe to the man who rejects that

  3. FrankZ says:

    God’s love and hate are expressed in accordance with the principles of His law. As soon as sin entered, God’s hatred of this destroying power was manifest. He must hate that which is against life…otherwise love is not true love.

    But as soon as sin entered, Christ, the most Loved of heaven, was made available to bring men back into harmony with the law…to make them loved and lovely again.

    God hates “the workers of iniquity” because all they have is sin, and God must hate sin.

    But in Christ, the sinner can be changed and separated from sin. So, in Christ, and in His offering, God loves the sinner. “He hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Eph. 1:6

    Therefore, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” Ps. 2:12

  4. GBTGospel says:

    “Sadly it is commonly said among Christians that “God hates the sin but loves the sinner.” This is as stupid as saying God loves rapists but hates rape, as if rape and rapists were two entirely different entities that could be separated from one another. Furthermore, it was not a divinely inspired author of Scripture but the Hindu Gandhi who coined the phrase “Love the sinner but hate the sin” in his 1929 biography.”

  5. I don’t know about God, but Jesus didn’t hate sinners. He happily ate with them and talked with them, and his actions were not conditional on the sinners repenting, although they often did. He loved people,warts and all, and I’d like to think God is that way too.

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