Do you or someone you know not like President Trump very much? In some cases, this dislike rises to the level of hatred and even violence. Jesus, despite being innocent and without sin, was hated so much He was murdered.
Nevertheless, you may be surprised to learn that this post isn’t directly about Donald Trump. In fact, it’s about something more important. If you will be gutsy with me for a few minutes I want to address your conscious and ask some big questions.
How does God view hatred?
Lets cut to the chase and find out what God thinks of hatred.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.”
“Let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,’ declares the LORD.”
Jesus declared, “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
Jesus declared (from John 7:7), ” The world… hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.”
Simply put God hates what is evil and is hated for exposing the truth. So what is evil?
The Perfect Standard (for what’s right or wrong)
The standard God uses to define what is evil is not by any human (or fallible) standard that can change or be imperfect but can be found by looking at His perfect (moral )Law the Ten Commandments.
Ever broke God’s law? Let’s see. Always put God first in your life? (1st, 2nd commandments)
Ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen something? (8th commandment)
Hated someone? God views human hatred as murder.(6th commandment)
Lusted? Jesus said to look with lust is the same as adultery (see Matthew 5:28). (7th commandment)
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word? Hitler’s and Muhammad’s names are not even hated as much to be used as a cuss word. To use God’s name to express disgust is blasphemy. (3rd commandment)
“We know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
God’s Law demonstrates His perfection and holiness, shows us our sin
What God’s moral Law does: It demonstrates His perfection while showing us our sin and what we’ve done wrong (evil).
God is holy and perfect and He cannot have sin in his presence which means no sinful person can exist in His presence without being consumed by His judgment. Sort of like a dry leaf being consumed by fire.
Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
And as a good judge must punish a law-breaker, God must deal with as lawbreakers for our breaking His laws. God being just and righteous means He must punish sin wherever it is found.
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
Since God must punish all lawbreakers (sinners) is there any hope for any of us?
Everlasting punishment in Hell is real for everyone who has broken God’s law unless there is a way of escape.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
God is the only one who can save mankind from His coming judgment against sin.
Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45:21)
Everlasting Life or Everlasting existence in Hell
God paid the penalty of our breaking His law through Jesus Christ. Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, took the punishment for sin by dying on a cross. While we cannot fully understand God’s sacrifice for our sin or what He went through and the love He has for us (since He’s God and we’re not) we do know he rose again after three days. Jesus’ in completing the payment for sin was raised from the grave which ultimately demonstrated His love for all who repent and believe in Him. Therefore it’s only through Jesus Christ that anyone will inherit or receive everlasting life!
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36, Titus 3:4-7, Ro 6:23)
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:3-6)
Jesus defeated death (punishment in hell), sin and judgment for all who repent and trust in Him. Do you know where you are going after you die?
“When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy.” (Titus 3:4-5a )
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
image 1 source
Image 2 source