If God is love, he cannot hate, right? Wrong!

On the Reddit site, I linked to the prayer, “Hate the things you hate.” A person objected to the idea of God’s hate. God is love, she stated, and hate is the opposite of love. Here’s how I replied.

Hello, it does seem strange doesn’t it? But the Bible affirms it:

“The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence” Psalm 11.5 ESV.

There are things and people that God does not love, in the sense that he does not accept, things and people who, because of their actions, are detestable to him.

His hate is not like human hate, and that’s probably why we react against the idea. His hate is informed and directed by his holiness.

In his first letter, the apostle John says that not only is God love, but he is light as well. Light in this context stands for his glory, his truth, and his holiness.

It’s important to hold these two truths together, else our view of God will be skewed.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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