Recently I saw a Pinterest post that read something like this: “Your preacher says ‘God hates sin but loves the sinner’.” Then two scriptures were quoted from the O.T. Which contradicts this statement. Followed by “your Preacher Lied”
Hear are a couple of verses that possibly support that thinking.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Psalm 5:5 KJV
The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Psalm 11:5 KJV
All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. Hosea 9:15 KJV
There is another verse in the N.T. That has a very similar message concerning Esau.
Just as it is written, “ Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:13 NASB
So is this really the contradictory problem that liberals see within the scriptures? — for how can God so love the world and yet hate some even before they are born.
In fact if we take the statement: (“the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”), and we consider our own plight before we were imputed righteousness than God would have hated us all. Is God schizo? Can he both love us and hate us at the same time? I don’t think that makes sense? If we consider Jacob and Esau both were sinful men. Jacob was a deceiver. Why was he chosen? God seems to chose men based on their belief and their desire to seek after His truth and righteousness. Jesus said “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The writer of Hebrews said:
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NASB
Paul said: “Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him as righteousness.”
God knows the heart of man. He knows if we are seeking truth (Him) or if we love and trust Him or if we do not.
So if God hated Esau does that make God unjust or schizo? We are told by Jesus to love even our enemies. Would God require more of us than He does of Himself? —Hardly, but we cannot look on the heart of man as God can. We do not know at what point in each man’s life he finally says NO to God; “no I will never follow you God for you are unworthy of my allegiance. I will create my own god, or become my own god because I know better than you.”
God is no respecter of persons. Every man will be judged for what knowledge he has been given. Some will know no more than the creation itself in order to make their decision to honor God or not (Romans 1).
So what about it? Does God have the right to hate some and love others? You bet He does. Do you? Think about it. Jesus said: cast not your pearls before swine. He told the disciples to wipe the dust of a house or village from their feet if those to whom they were sent did not receive the message He sent them out to deliver. So what does that mean? Just this if Jesus tells you to stop taking Him to those around you then stop, but until then you are a watchman and if you see a man fallen and fail to warn that man his sins will be upon you.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’
Ezekiel 33:6 NASB
12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13 NASB
This same Jesus Who is to come, the Alpha and the Omega, has told us to love our enemies, so I will do my best to love them until he tells me that they are no longer worthy of my love.