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Christians and Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

 

CHRISTIANS:

 

We must love the sinner and hate the sin. Jesus told us to love everybody but he said we must judge sin fairly and hate it with all our hearts. To love God with all our hearts means we must hate sin - his reverse - with all our hearts.

 

The Bible says, Hebrews 1:9, "You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." "Hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good" (Romans 12:9).  Psalm 97:10 says, "Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked."  Amos 5:15 says, "Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate."


To hate means to will evil for another person so to hate a sin is to will evil to a sin as if it were a person.  You cannot really hate something except on the personal level.

 
SANITY SAYS:

 

It is not sins we hate but what they say about the person doing them. We don't hate a bad person's actions but the bad character of the person and which is the person. To separate sin from sinner is to pretend that the sinner is not a sinner. If we do that we must pretend that the person doing good is not a person doing good. We must do wrong against good people by pretending they are not what their actions say they are to please this wonderful Christian faith.
 
Sin and sinner is a distinction without a difference.
 
Christians lie to themselves that their personal feelings about having wrong done to them is not about the person. Of course its personal. You don't get angry at a sin but the sinner. Would you cut a prostitute to pieces and expect her to believe you if you said it wasn't personal but you were doing it not out of hatred for her but hatred for her sin? All you are doing is making yourself enjoy your hate better and inflating your self-righteousness.
 
Some say you are to love yourself and hate your sins. That is to encourage us to separate our sins from ourselves so that we see only our lovability. It fuels the human tendency to pretend that our sins are not part of what we are and to detest God who sees through us (if he exists!). It encourages the sin of pride which the Church sees to be the true cause of all sin.
 
Christian forgiveness is very fake. It would work if it were sins you forgave and not bad characters. If you forgive a bad character you are saying that person should be treated as if he or she were a good character. That is condoning the sin.

We can only hate people if we also love them in a sense. That is why the true opposite of love is not hate but indifference - not caring what happens to the person. We have to love people before their rejecting us or hurting us can make us hate them. Otherwise we won't care. Otherwise what they say about us for example will have no significance to us. The point is, religion condemns hate despite its link to love. The link makes it so easy to hate somebody and still claim to love them though probably as long as you don't do anything vengeful. But it is still hate. Love the sinner and hate the sin really is a way of pretending to condemn hate while making it look acceptable. It translates as, "Hate the sinners guts but avoid doing anything hateful".
 
Religion is thoroughly unable to give any evidence or logical proof that hating the sin and loving the sinner is possible. Thus we can safely assume that when they want you to hate the sin they mean hate the sinner.

They say only a miracle can enable you to hate the sin and love the sinner. That is a cop-out. I can say it is a miracle that I was able to kill my baby without doing wrong. It makes as much sense.
 
They say that when somebody murders you separate the sin from the murderer by checking out the murderers mental state and his blood for drugs and so on. That is rubbish. You are checking out to see how sinful he was - you want to see if he did or didn't fully know what he was doing. In other words you are checking to see how much of a sinner he is. It is not the sin you are checking strictly speaking. Its him. Checking out the person's degree of responsibility cannot mean you are checking out the responsibility not the person for it is not the sin that is responsible for evil but the person.
 
Religion manipulates people to hate. It tries to trick them into thinking that hating evil deeds is not hating the person doing the deeds. So it hopes they will hate and not know it and so their great religion will have a reputation for peacebuilding! This is a reputation religion wants desperately for the religious impulse has led to war, murder, witch-hunts, the sacrifice of babies and so on. Just because some religions seem to consist of good people, does not mean that the religious impulse itself is good. It only means that it is controlled.
 
The Church itself does not really believe anybody can love the sinner and hate the sin when it teaches that love is doing good for others no matter what you feel about them. Hate is doing wrong to others even if you love them. It denies that hate is intense dislike that makes you devalue and maybe want to hurt a person.
 
Religion is taking advantage of the inaccuracy of our language which makes a non-existent difference between a sinner and a sin and a crime and a criminal. Our language makes it possible to say, "His sermon converted the crowd," "His crime hurt me", when it would be more accurate to say, "He converted the crowd with his sermon" and to say, "He hurt me by committing a crime against me." It is persons not sermons who convert, it is criminals not crimes that hurt. Checking somebody's sin means checking how bad the sinner is. It does not mean checking something that is distinct from the person. It means checking the bad character or personhood that is the person.
 
Christianity admits how dangerous it is to love the sinner and hate the sin for it leads so easily and so often to hating the sinner. All religions agree. But how much worse it is if Christians take their religion seriously and believe sin can lead people to suffer in Hell forever through bad example and scandal and so on! How much worse it is when Christianity evilly condemns stupid sins such as not going to confession as soon as you sin seriously and even two seconds of masturbation as horrendously serious sins! This religion makes the risks worse. It makes the hate inevitable. This religion incites to hatred. Period.