I've heard it a thousand times, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Recently I came across a verse in Psalms 5:5
Psalm 5:5 (KJV) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Is this a proper translation?
Great question. I think where people often struggle with this is the imposition of the assumption that hate and love are mutually exclusive. This often tends to be the case with us, but it is a result of our sinful nature. God can both hate the sinner for what he does, and still love him in many ways.
Donald Carson has a great little book (free PDF) called the Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, in which he argues that God's love is not spoken of univocally throughout scripture, but instead that there are multiple perspectives that scripture gives to show us a broader lover than we can see from only one angle. I've reproduced the author's breakdown below.
Allowing for a multiperspectival approach to understanding God's Love helps us to see God as simultaneously loving and full of wrath.
Proverbs 7:16-19 says:
These six things doth the Lord hate: yes, seven are an abomination unto him; A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
So, at least from this scripture (albeit from the Old Testament), we can see that God does not HATE sinners. He definitely hates the sin itself, it can be ascertained. Although it does say that he "hates" a false witness, it is clearly the sin of deceit that is what is hated by the Lord.
So, no to answer the OP's question, God definitely does NOT hate sinners. As has been said before, he sacrificed his only son in order to save an entire RACE of sinners (us) from damnation.
Here is a few beautiful bible verses I think pertinent
God does not hate the sinners. We are all sinners by our nature and he definitely does not hate us all. The verse in the OP seems to be a bit out of context me thinks
I know that the Bible is the Word of God, but it may be important to remember that that particular verse was written by David; "To the Chief Musician". David did not say that he was writing a prophetic word from the Father. It was meant as a song of worship and it was written by man.
I think the most outstanding proof that our Father loves us, sinners all, was shown by his amazing sacrifice through His Son.
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