God is love, but, can't hatred be good and necessary in some cases?

What does the catholic church say about hate?

Hate can make you stronger, because it can be a motivation to do something, to defend yourself from something or simply to help you on the path of life to not let yourself be trampled on.

  • It is right to hate sin and to hate injustice, but I don't see how that would make us strong. Can you edit this to explain what you were thinking of?
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 13:13
  • @curiousdannii Done!
    – Caín
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 13:16
  • Too short for an answer, here is a nice quote of Alcuin, from his dialogue with Charlemagne: "Clemency is the power used by a forgiving spirit to hold in check its hatred and its sense of injury." Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 14:21

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Short answer

Yes, God is love. Yes, God and Jesus hate evil. Yes, overcoming evil is why Jesus came. But in our actions, like Jesus, Christians should NOT be driven by hate but empowered with love. For strength, you may have been thinking of anger, an irascible passion that can be in the service of both good and evil action (see the analysis below).

Detailed answer

In Catholicism, using the Thomistic analysis of the human action, while hatred (being one of the 6 concupiscible appetite) can be a cause of an action aroused by evil it's not hatred that makes you stronger, but a combination of:

which plug into appropriate stages in the Process of Human Action: Process of Human Action


  • Thank you, you are totally right! God bless you.
    – Caín
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 15:01
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    +1 for mentioning the irascible appetites.
    – Geremia
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 18:25
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    @Geremia The Aquinas 101 episodes turns out to be really good for someone new to Aquinas (especially Episode 51). After watching them I'll update the answer some more, showing how hate, love, anger, hope (as passion), daring, hope (as virtue) and courage relates to each other. Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 18:29

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