“God loves you. God loves everyone!” is spoken repeatedly from pulpits all over the world. “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner!” is another oft-quoted cliché. People say that no matter how wicked a person may be, how much they sin, or how much they hate God, that God still loves them.
John 3:16 is often used as proof of this theory:
John 3:16 (KJV)
3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse certainly seems to say that God loves everyone, if the meaning of “world” is “all people.” But what about the following verse?
Psalm 5:5 (KJV)
5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
And this one?
Romans 9:13 (KJV)
9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Does the Bible contradict itself? Hate is a strong emotion. Hate directed towards others is something we as humans should never demonstrate. But what about God; does He have the RIGHT to hate?
There is an explanation for these seemingly contradictory passages, and a definitive answer to the question, “Does God hate?” This study utilizes a number of Scriptures and Biblical principles to help us know the answer for certain. We pray your heart is open to these truths.
Read: Does God Hate?
God’s Grace – More Than Amazing! (Part 1)
It is only by His marvelous grace that we can be saved!