August 30, 2006


'Hate the Sin but Love the Sinner': Not Scriptural, Not Catholic Doctrine (Erven Park, June 2006, New Oxford Review)

-- "But to God the wicked and his wickedness are hateful alike" (Wisd. 14:9).

-- "Neither shall the wicked dwell near thee: nor shall the unjust abide before thy eyes. Thou hatest all the workers of iniquity: thou wilt destroy all that speak a lie" (Ps. 5:6-7).

-- "For there is no good for him that is always occupied in evil and giveth no alms: for the Highest hateth sinners, and hath mercy on the penitent" (Ecclesiasticus 12:3; RSV-CE Sir. 12:3,6).

-- "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil" (Lk. 6:45).

-- "As it is written: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses: I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will shew [deny] mercy to whom I will shew [deny] mercy" (Rom. 9:13-15).

A further teaching from Proverbs is instructive: "Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh His soul detesteth: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run to mischief. A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren" (6:16-19).

Note that the "things" listed that "the Lord hateth" are the sinners who commit the listed offenses. It is not a list of the sins in the abstract. The sinner attains the anger and rejection of God by the sins he commits through his own free will. It goes without saying, then, that if you hate the evildoer's sin you cannot love the sinner who is its author. You cannot separate the sinner from his sin. The sinner is hateful when he commits the sin and this needs to be clearly understood. Sins are not condemned to Hell for eternity; it is the unrepentant sinner.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2006 10:08 PM

But we're not God.

Posted by: BrianOfAtlanta at August 31, 2006 10:39 AM

Any God that hates is no God of mine

Posted by: BJW at August 31, 2006 11:34 AM

It's precisely because we're not God that we don't get to second guess him.

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2006 11:37 AM


Too bad we aren't pre-dilluvian.

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2006 11:39 AM

ah, you mean works are significant? what ever could this mean?

Posted by: Palmcroft at August 31, 2006 12:12 PM

Judaism is much better grounded in human nature on this subject.

Posted by: Peter B at August 31, 2006 5:10 PM

" collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of heaven ahead of you." ...

Posted by: Paula R. Robinson MD at August 31, 2006 11:23 PM