Does God hate people?

The short answer? Yes…. and No. Let us remember that God loves the world so much that He sent His One and Only Son to suffer and die for us that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life:

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:10-12

10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Let us also establish that God is love:

1 John 4:8

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:1

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

But even though God loves us so much He sent His Son to suffer and die for us, and even though God IS love, scripture also tells us God hates.

Deuteronomy 18:9-13

 9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

So. God is clear that He hates people who sacrifice their children, or practice divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, casts spells, or is a medium, a spiritist, or who consults with the dead. But we see that God also hates others:

Deuteronomy 22:5

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.

Deuteronomy 23:18

You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the LORD your God to pay any vow, because the LORD your God detests them both.

Deuteronomy 25:15-16

15 You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. 16 For the LORD your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.

Proverbs 12:22

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

Proverbs 16:5

The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Psalm 5:5

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 There are six things the LORD hates,  seven that are detestable to him:  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 man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

 Titus 1:15-16

15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

So many times we hear that God hates the sin and loves the sinner. But there are some sins which apparently turns God’s eyes away from the sinner.

Leviticus 20:2-6

 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him. 3 I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. 4 If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech and they fail to put him to death, 5 I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech.

 6 ” ‘I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.

God will not hear the prayers of the sinner.

Psalm 66:18

If I regard wickedness in my heart,The Lord will not hear;

Does this mean that God can not hear the prayers? No. It means God ignores the prayers of those who have wickedness in their hearts. He hates wickedness. He loves righteousness. He will reward those who seek righteousness and will discipline those who hate it.

Isaiah 61:8-9

“For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.  9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

Proverbs 11:20-21

 20 The LORD detests men of perverse heart but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. 21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.

If you reject the one way God has given us to be saved, then the wrath of God remains upon you.

John 3:36

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him,

Ultimately, we are all offered the love of God, and the chance to change and turn to God through faith in Christ. Remember the verse we started with – God loves His creation so much He sent His Son so whoever believes in Him shall not die but have eternal life:

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

But notice that God decides when and where people will live so that they have the chance to find Him:

Acts 17:26-27

26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

So yes, God DOES hate those who are in active sin against Him. But at the same time, God loves His creation. He gives everyone the same chance (in terms of allowing people to hear the truth) to repent and turn to Him and prove their repentance through their deeds.

Acts 26:20

20First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds

What type of person will you be? Will you love God and His righteousness, or will you love yourself and suffer God’s wrath? Will you believe God and have faith in Christ and so have eternal life, or will you reject what God has done and so reject God? Its your choice. Make a decision.

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5 Responses

  1. The Bible – a human compiled compilation of writings of many different men, written over many different periods of time, for many different purposes (none of the authors knew it would eventually be included in, and referred to as, “the bible “) . It’s no wonder at all that it conflicts with itself in hundreds of thousands of instances.

    For example, Jesus died for his teachings AGAINST the old (jewish) church. Yet Leviticus documents those teachings which Jesus OPPOSED!

    • I have yet to see anyone be able to present anything in the Bible which contradicts anything else in the Bible, if it is accurately understood – unless one does not want to be able to find a way to reconcile what is written in one place with what is written elsewhere.

  2. Bruce, that is an misunderstanding of the mission of Christ. Christ wasn’t against sacrifice, but fulfilled it. Wb is correct, if properly understand, the bible makes pretty good sense.

  3. Bruce,

    Would you care to share which teachings you think opposed what was taught in Leviticus (giving the book, chapter and verse would be helpful)?

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