God is Love and God is Hate
Ok first off... Don't think that God is sitting up in heaven chanting about the fact that He hates people. God Hate's one thing and one thing only: Evil. If you are an evil person, then yes, God is angry with you and yes, God even hates you for that.
Let's understand why.
Understanding the two sides
God's anger is actually VERY easy to understand. But before you can understand His anger you must understand what God sees. There ARE TWO SIDES. The Bible touches on this point many times without specifically defining that there are two sides, so I will show you the verses and you can put them together.
John 18:37 (NIV)
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I
was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone
on the side of truth listens to me.”
Jesus tells us that there is a "side of truth".
1 John 4:6 NIV
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is
not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the
Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
John tells us that there is a spirit of Truth and a spirit of falsehood. Dr. Del Tacket does a phenomenal job showing you how these two sides play a role in our society in the Truth Project series.
The fact is that there is a side of truth, which those people are referred to as righteous, and then there's the side of falsehood and these people are referred to as sinners.
God draws the line
Romans 5:8 NIV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us.
What does this mean? Why is this called love, that while you were still a sinner that Christ died for you? It's easy, but probably not in the sense that you're familiar with. Sinners are enemies of God and of God's children. But while you were still an enemy of God, He showed great compassion and love for you, even tho you were a rebellious enemy, He died for you.
That is true love.
God Hate's Evil People With a Passion
People get angry when they hear that God is hate. Why? I love God and God loves me and God hates it when sinners are evil to me. God hates me when I'm evil to people also. People don't want to accept that this is a possibility because it's a scary thing to think that God could actually be angry with you.
I'll make this perfectly clear to you. God is an angry God that HATES sinners and here's how I know.
Psalm 7:11 (NIV)
God is a just judge,And God is angry with the wicked every day.
Psalm 5:5 (NIV)
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do
Psalm 11:5 (NIV)
5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love
violence, he hates with a passion.
Leviticus 20:23 (NIV)
23 You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am
going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV)
16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Hosea 9:15 (NIV)
15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them
there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my
house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are
This is why Repentance is Required
This is why in 2 Timothy 2:19 God seals a contract and requires that all people turn from wickedness. It is not an option.
This book: A Scriptural Account of Faith is a book that categorizes scripture into premises. It's a very good book that shows you all of the anger and curses that God has against wicked people. It also shows you all of the love, compassion, patience and mercy that God has for the righteous people.
BE CAREFUL that you do not equate God's love to and blessings to sinful people. God has nothing but hate towards sinful people. If you do not understand what side that a person is on, do not tell them that Jesus loves them, because honestly, YOU DON'T KNOW!
When the Bible tells us nothing but curses against wicked people that trample the blood of Christ, why would you ever open your mouth and lie to a sinner, telling them that Jesus Loves them. It's better stated that Jesus has shown them great compassion by giving them the opportunity to "Repent and Believe".
But if they refuse to "Repent and Believe" then that does not qualify them for God's Love.
Just by reading the old testament you can see that when Israel got out of line, God would chasten them. Then when Israel repented of their sins, God would love them, BUT not without disciplining them for their sins.
The same is true today, with you. If you disobey God, He will set himself against you, but if you repent and come to God, He too, will draw near to you.
Leviticus 26:21-28 (NKJV)
21 ‘Then, if you
walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on
you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.
22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of
your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and
your highways shall be desolate.
23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk
contrary to Me,
24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet
seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the
vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your
cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered
into the hand of the enemy.
26 When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake
your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by
weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.
27 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to
28 then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will
chastise you seven times for your sins.