God Is Love…But Does God Also Hate ?

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The universalists repeatedly say things like, “God loves us all so much that He will save us all,” or “He hates the sin, but loves the sinner,” or “God is love, and will not send anyone to Hell.”

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Universalists teach that God is so full of love, grace, and mercy, that He simply cannot or would not send anyone to eternal Hell fire. It is against His infinite love. They think that God will forgive all, even those who openly reject Him and die in a lost condition cursing God.

I must admit, it is nice to think of God’s love, grace and mercy, being so infinitely great that all will ultimately be saved no matter what. So, how do we avoid hell? Why are people in hell right this second who will never get out of hell for all eternity? Hell is a terrible place, and I don’t want anyone to go there. God is not like some grandfather figure we have created in our minds, because we don’t want to believe what scripture says about who God is. God is three times Holy, Righteous, and completely Just in and with His dealings with mankind. Scripture is perfectly clear on that.

It does not matter what I think. It matters what the Bible says.

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God is love (1 John 4:8), but God also punishes the sinner and hates all who do iniquity. God is not one-sided. He is not simply an infinitely loving God. He is also infinitely Just, Holy, and Righteous . He must deal with sin. He must punish the sinner who dies in a lost, unforgiven condition.

In the end Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats, the good fish from the bad fish, the wheat from the tares, and the just from the unjust. You must be born again or you cannot see the kingdom of God.

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In the truth of God’s Word, we find that the Lord has provided one way by which we may be saved. That single way is through Jesus’ sacrifice on The Cross. Through His Death, Burial, and Resurrection. For all who trust in Him alone, salvation will come. But to those who turn away and reject Jesus, God’s wrath abides upon them, they are condemned already.

Jesus Christ is The Remedy For Sin

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him,” (John 3:36).

Does God hate anyone? The answer is in The Scriptures.

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Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,”

Psalm 11:5, “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”

Lev. 20:23, “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.”

Prov. 6:16-19, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”

Hosea 9:15, “All their evil is at Gilgal; indeed, I came to hate them there! Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house! I will love them no more; All their princes are rebels.”

Ezekiel 18:20-32 NKJV
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. [21] “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. [22] None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. [23] Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live? [24] “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die. [25] “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? [26] When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. [27] Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. [28] Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. [29] Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? [30] “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. [31] Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? [32] For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”

Are these verses hard to read?

Do they make you feel uncomfortable? They should. God hates sin.

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But, He does not punish sin. He punishes the sinner. Sin cannot be tied up and thrown into a fire. Can it?

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It cannot be put in a box or glued to a stick. Sin is missing the mark. Sin is rebellion against God. It is rebellion in the heart. It is breaking God’s Law. Sin occurs inside the heart and mind of people.

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Therefore, God must punish the sinner. Why? Because God is both Holy and Just and the person who sins offends God. Gods Holy and Just character will not allow Him to ignore this offense. Why?

God’s Law is Perfect
When God said, “Let there be light,” it happened.

When He commanded the oceans to appear, they came into existence.

Gods Word is powerful. What He says is never futile, empty, a lie, or without power. God is Righteous, Holy, and Just.

The Law is a reflection of God’s character. It is pure and perfect. It is powerful. The Ten Commandments reflect Gods holiness and justice. These commandments are not without punishments. A law without consequences is only an empty slogan. A person who is lost without The Saviour, Jesus Christ, remains under the Law of God. Jesus Christ fullfilled the Law of God. He is the only one who ever has and ever will be able to. This is why you must be born again, in order to see The Kingdom of God.

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To sin is to break Gods Law and offend His character. To sin means to challenge His character and authority. It means you go against His Word. But God is not a liar. His Word is true. He has said that He will punish the lawbreaker.

John 3:35-36 NKJV
The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. [36] He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

But, praise be to God that while we were yet sinners that Jesus died for us
(Rom. 5:6).

There is no way we can appease God without His Son Jesus Christ.

That is why God became one of us (John 1:1, 14, Heb. 2:17) to take our place and become sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21).

Therefore, people have two options available.

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Trust Jesus Christ, as your Savior and put your faith in the sacrifice that He made on the cross and in Him only. There is nothing you do on your own, except choose whom you will serve.

If you reject Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross the penalty of the Law will fall upon you.

Either God pays for your sin through His Son Jesus Christ…or you pay for your sin forever in hell.

Which will it be? You must decide.

“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,” (Heb. 10:26).

If there is no sacrifice available for you, then God’s wrath abides upon you because He hates sin and your sin is not removed without Him (John 3:36).

Trust Jesus Christ alone or the wrath of God will abide upon you forever.

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Conclusion
The sobering fact is that God is so holy and righteous that He hates the sinner who is lost in unforgiven sin. God loves His Son, and this is why you must choose Jesus Christ. He who has The Son also has The Father and life eternal. You must be born again.

Look these Scriptures up in your Bible and see for yourself.
(Psalm 5:5, Lev. 20:23, Prov. 6:16-19, Hos. 9:15).

Some say that we should say that God only hates the sin but loves the sinner.

But, the above Scriptures speak contrary to that. But it is also true that He is love (1 John 4:8). It is better to accept the love of God found in Jesus Christ His Son… than to reject it and suffer His wrath.

Psalm 119:89 NKJV
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

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