Q. Does God hate the sinner, not just the sin? I was listening to a Christian radio show and a certain man called up asking some questions regarding this and one of the passages brought up was Psalm 5:5 “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong” (NIV). There were some other verses they used to support this, I think one of them was in Jeremiah. The apologist and the caller both agreed that based on the scripture, God indeed hates the sinner.
A. This preacher’s statements simply cannot be reconciled with Scripture. In the first place, we’re all sinners. But look at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world … ” and 2 Peter 3:9 “God doesn’t want that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Jesus didn’t just die for those who aren’t sinners, but for anyone who would accept His death as payment for their sins.
But more importantly, didn’t Jesus die for you while you were still a sinner? And can’t any sinner, even now, come to Jesus and be forgiven? Why would He do that if He hated you, or them? He loves all of us and wants all of us to join Him in eternity, but He can’t force us to do it, because He’s given us the choice.
Please remember that God is not arbitrary. He can’t express any of His emotions at the expense of any other. In the Old Testament His Love had to be restrained because His righteousness couldn’t tolerate man’s sin. But when Jesus went to the cross God was reconciled to us and therefore free to love us (Colossians 1:19-20). You can’t use Old Testament quotes to describe God’s New Testament relationships. The cross changed everything.