Defining the hatred of God in contrast to his love

The familiar verse of John 3:16 pronounces God’s love for the world and how He exercises his love through His Son for our salvation. God is a God of love. The plan of sending Jesus to die for our sins is also an example of God’s hatred of sin.

“There is no contradiction in these statements [love and hate]. The difficulty arises when we wrongly assume that God hates in the same way men hate. Hatred in human beings is generally thought of in terms of strong emotional distaste or dislike for someone or something. However, in God, hate is a judicial act on the part of the righteous judge who separates the sinner from Himself.”   (Norman Geisler and Thomas Howell) 

The Psalms say that God hates all who do wrong and expresses his wrath every day. God is actively opposed to everything evil. His wrath remains on those who sin (John 3:36), because sin is contrary to and opposes his holy nature and will. For every sin a person commits, they are storing up God’s wrath for themselves that will eventually be revealed on the Day of Judgment [when Christ returns]. Our stubborn hearts are part of our human nature.  Every person is born with a heart and spirit that is anti-God. Every sin we commit separates us further from God, because God demands us to be holy in His presence, because He is holy. This is the only standard and God hates sin because it creates that chasm between Him and those He loves. 

Out of love, God gave us only one solution to escape His wrath and to be holy in His sight. By believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, a person receives eternal life and escapes God’s wrath completely. Anyone who does not believe, disobeys God, and will not see life. That person remains under the wrath of God who is perfectly just in every way. The solution: Believe and live.  

9 Comments on “Defining the hatred of God in contrast to his love

  1. Well first off I would say that the word hate does not always translate well into English. Wrath on the other hand is more like indignation (righteous anger).

    However in the end results, would a person who rejects God be in more pain the the presence of God in heaven then in the depths of hell?

    Sometimes individuals we love, the only solution is to allow them to go, even when we know it’s not the best thing for them.

  2. Thank you for your comments.

    It is very common to say that God hates the sin, but does not hate the sinner. It’s true that God loves everybody, but sometimes we equate the word “hate” as a feeling. In other words, “I hate this person!” But, hate is not used in this sense. God does “hate” the sinner in a judicial sense. That unrepentant sinners will be judged accordingly and receive God’s wrath. God no longer become the warm and fuzzy “abba-daddy”, but a righteous judge who must separate himself from that person he loves.

  3. To quickbeamme…

    Thanks for your comment.

    To your question, I don’t think a person who rejects God would be in more pain in the presence of God than in hell. First of all, the rejector would not be in heaven or in the presence of God. God will not allow that for only those who are holy, righteous and perfect can stand in the presence of God. To be in hell, is where God is no longer present. By rejecting God, this person’s decision to be rejected from God’s presence carries over to eternity. This is the full force of God’s wrath.

    Thank you for visiting and coming to the site.

  4. No, hates ( or is indignated with , insulted, offended) sinners.
    Jacob I love, but Esau I hate.
    It is a naive error to take Jo 3,16 the world for mankind, individual or persons. It meens world.
    Spare me an excourse into hermeneutic philosophy, just understand, world means the concept of his creation. Remember, God has created and then said : everything`s fine.
    He is holy and for that reason he can not have a sinning person in his presence. Without holiness no access to him. Get saved, salvation terminates your sin, then love Jesus, obey his commandments, then the father will love you (jesus speaking in J0 14 ) and thats it, where our relationship and love with him starts.

  5. I don’t think you understood or I didn’t explain my self clear enough.

    To be in the presence of God is Heaven. We also have to be careful not to qualify heaven or hell as a physical location.

    I’ll attempt again. When a creature i.e. a human determines to reject God fully, to be in His presence would be extremely painful. All one has to do is look at scripture passages where godly man and women fall down an avert their eyes when in the presence of an angel let alone God Himself.

    I agree with you that the absence of God is hell. In a way then God’s wrath is merciful, just and loving.

    Hope that clears it up a bit.

  6. According to the scriptures, hell is not the absence of God. Hell is not yet opened up. In the book of revelation you can find the whole “story”.
    Hell or eternal condemnation was a favourite item of Jesus speaking. Just simply read, what he said.
    If somebody knows about, could be him, could not it ?

  7. Well, in to lay it out on the line; God does Hate you if you sin, imagine that, God realizes that His own Law will never save us from our sins. So to fulfill the law his own law he sent his Son to be the sacrifice for us. So when God see me(hopefully) he sees christ. SO in theory God does hate the sinner

  8. This comment is from Bob West which was given at another post on this blog:

    God does not hate sinners. He hates sin. John 3:16. He knows that mankind can never be truly happy til he is forgiven of his sin. John 3:17-21. Therefore, if man is to know God and have all his sins forgiven, he must ask of God for forgivness with a repentant heart, accept Him as his Savior, and be willing to live the rest of his life in obediance to His Word and His will. This is what salvation (saved, born again ) is all about. John 3:1-16. He then becomes part of the family of God. Not a religion but a relationship.

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