We can’t escape the fact that as a nation we seemed to have evolved into a society that has embraced “hate”as a means of disagreeing with others. Hate seems to lift us to new heights of deplorable behavior, in which reason or compassion is lacking for those who become the target of such behavior and society seems to enjoy minimizing the value and worth of others or to put it another way, enjoying another’s misery has become a national pastime. In the last few months it seems we have sunk to a new low. Some characteristics of this type of behavior, would be to loathe, detest, despise, dislike, abhor, feel intense or passionate dislike for someone. I think we could agree that “hate” is a time-consuming behavior. Now let’s be honest. There are things that we all find more than just annoying. You might hate flying, eating alone, even hate having to engage in conversation with certain people, or even hate having to admit you are uncomfortable in certain situations, all normal feelings. What today’s blog is looking at would be the type of hate that drives people to deliberately seek ways to do and say things that demean and hurt others simply to cause hurt and advance their agenda, because of their consuming hatred for others. This type of behavior becomes a weapon for those who are unable to express their dislike through reasonable discourse. Jesus himself was subjected to ridicule by those who despised him, or in some cases hated him.
Mark 3: 20-22
Then he went home; 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.”
The Jewish elders and ruling class accused him of being a heretic, even though many of his answers to their questions were based on his knowledge of the scripture and echoed their views. Truth or reason were not present, they were destroyed or put aside by hate.
Last week we took a look at the difference between secular and biblical justice and the cultural influence today in light of the heightened interest in “social justice”. Today we look at “hate”. Could there be a God-like hate? God hates…. just writing that does not seem right. 1John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
It is God’s nature to love, to do what is best for us, his people. It is only natural that He would hate that which is contrary to his nature. Just as we hate those things that destroy what we love, God hates those things that destroy what he loves and has created. We have been created with the ability to hate as well as love but for many of us today it seems as if hate has become a motivating factor. So let’s look at hate in the secular state versus God’s hatred. The bible teaches us that the object of God’s hate is sin and wickedness. Viewing the world we have today that must be a long list. I want to keep this simple and to the point. In doing so I may be misunderstood, but the answer to the question “does God hate?” The answer is yes.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;you hate all evildoers. 6 You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
5 The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
16 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies,…
It is something we all have a problem with, we do overlook the fact that the God we serve can and is capable of such an emotion…. “hate” is just not an everyday thing we associate with our God. No need to drag this out. Secular hate is designed to hurt, destroy and degrade and it has no redeeming value. These two quotes from are from “Got Questions”.
“When the Bible does speak of God’s hatred, the object of His hatred is sin and wickedness.”
The righteous and the wicked make different choices and have different destinies—one will see the ultimate expression of God’s love, and the other will know the ultimate expression of God’s hatred.
What is your choice this day? Will you join the chorus of those driven by hate, using cruel, hurting words to inflict pain and discredit others simply because you don’t agree with their views. Secular hate is directed toward the individual, while God’s hate is on sin and wickedness, which when reputed and repentance sought, leads to salvation.
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