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To those who claim God hates sinners – follow Jesus

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There are many loud voices in the news who declare that God hates you, and me, and all kinds of other people. To them I say come, follow Jesus.

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” (Matthew 16:24)

“Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” (Matthew 19:21

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” (Luke 11:4)

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)

“For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:49-50)

“The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10)

Treat others as you wish to be treated. Forgive others as God forgives us. In all things, do as Jesus did. Speak Gods words, not our own. Jesus being both God and human while He walked the earth; we will do well to speak as Jesus spoke while we still walk the earth. This is what it means to follow Jesus. This is how we should act, feel and speak, if we are to truly follow Jesus.

And this brings me to what has been on my heart. Where did Jesus ever tell anyone that He hated them? He chastised people, to be sure. But He never once told someone He hated them. Nor did He tell anyone that God hated them. And neither should we!

To those who choose to proclaim that God hates sinners, please heed His warning:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

To all at the Westboro Baptist Church and to everyone else who believes in a God of hate, please honor your savior. I beg you to open your hearts and see the truth behind your actions. But don’t listen to me; listen to Jesus, and follow Jesus.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

4 thoughts on “To those who claim God hates sinners – follow Jesus

  1. Hi E. D.,

    I came across your blog through Word Press and as a believer in Christ, I enjoy reading your posts. With the recent election, I have had worries about the new President as well as Prop 8. Thank you for sharing all of these bible passages, as I have found them to be helpful.

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  2. Hello girlfromsf,

    Like you, I have been concerned about Prop. 8. You may have seen some of my recent posts about it. In fact, coincidentally, I found my way to your blog site while you were apparently viewing mine. Even though Prop. 8 has passed, I am concerned there will be a backlash of sorts, like what I think you mentioned in your post today. Yes, I’m concerned about the civil rights of everyone, but I also feel very strongly about God’s definition of marriage. I just don’t think it’s right to change something that God created.

    Thanks a lot and take care,
    E.D.

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  3. Interesting thought, I just came across this very interesting verse.

    “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.”
    Leviticus 20:23

    It seems God may in fact hate people. But after thinking over this verse and comparing it to other verses, I believe God may hate groups of people, so God may not hate an individual sinner but he does seem the hate an evil nation, or the gay community in general. I think this means God does not only judge us as individuals he also judges us as groups, even though he does not hate the individual he will hate and curse the group.

    So we should be very careful how close we stand to non-believing friends. Because God may charge us with being a member of their group. That makes sense when you think about it, if you are protected by a police officer and that police officer is also known to abuse certain criminals deserving or otherwise, then you would be responsible for that abuse because if there were no police officers their would be no police brutality, so God may judge you as a member of a group that he may in fact hate because you are associated with them. Just a thought.

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  4. nishaun,

    I think you’re very close to the truth, but not quite there. Yes, God does not hate individuals. But He doesn’t hate groups either. What God hates is not the person, but the sin. I consider this such a critically important topic, that I’m compelled to jump in with both feet again. So, here goes…

    I caution anyone who draws conclusions about the nature of God from only a handful of verses. How can you pretend to know someone by reading only scattered pieces from their biography? To truly know God, you need to consider His entire biography.

    Also, maybe take another look at the verses that give you the impression that God hates groups of people. Do these verses really say God hates, or do they say God is angry? There is a difference. I can be very angry at my children, but I will never hate them. God too can be angry at His children, yet at the same time love them.

    Here’s another fundamental truth that is often forgotten: if God really hates groups of people because of their sinful actions, then why did he send His son Jesus Christ to take the penalty for all those sinful actions?

    Look through your bible and you will find more evidence of God’s love than His anger. Here is a brief list of some randomly-selected verses that may shine more light on the nature of God. Instead of me trying to convince anyone that God doesn’t hate, I’d rather let His own words do the convincing:
    Jeremiah 9:23-24
    1 John 4:7-21
    Isaiah 55:7
    1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    2 Corinthians 1:3-5
    Romans 12:9-21
    2 Corinthians 5:18-21
    Psalm 30:2-5
    Galatians 3:10-14
    Galatians 5:22-23
    Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9
    Ephesians 4:26-32
    Luke 6:35-36
    Psalm 86:15
    Colossians 3:8, 12-14
    Hosea 14:4

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