God Loves You. God Hates Sin.

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If you want to know how much God loves you, look in the manger.

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If you want to know how much God hates sin, look at the cross.

One of the lies being told in our culture is that God is some invisible sky bully.  Imagine a playground bully that steals other kids’ lunch money, and beats up the ones that won’t cooperate.  God is portrayed as demanding our worship, and sending everyone to hell that won’t.  A few Bible verses and a couple of quotes from things Christians say and they seem to have a case.  But look in the manger.  God did for us what only God could.  We didn’t need a longer list of laws or more animals to sacrifice; we needed an all-sufficient savior.

At the other end of the spectrum is the idea that God loves us so much that there is no penalty for sin.  The verse that says “God is love” is abused to the point it trumps every verse about how to please God.  The notion that God could hate anything becomes foreign in light of a God that is only capable of love.  If you want to know how much God hates sin, look at the cross.  God’s wrath toward sin was poured out on Jesus.  He took for us the due penalty of our sin.  “He was wounded for our transgressions, and by his stripes we are healed.”  But universal salvation is not taught in scripture.  The door is open wide and the invitation is given, but most will not accept the gift.  The path is straight and the way narrow that leads to life everlasting, and few find it.  The path is wide that leads to destruction and many go in at that gate.  That’s the promise of scripture.

God loves you.  God hates sin.  That is the truth of the Gospel.

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5 thoughts on “God Loves You. God Hates Sin.

  1. God says to the unsaved – Come to Me –
    God says to the Saved – Return to Me-
    Jesus told us to take His Yoke. Jesus NOW

  2. Clark, very straightforward presentation, and a message I pray more people would proclaim in just this way. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and May God bless you and yours with joy, peace, and strength throughout this year, and until He comes again in power and glory…

  3. So I am Methodist, and I have a Baptist friend that says we (i.e. Methodists) spend too much time on “the nice Jesus.” :

    Your post has good points for “Easter people” to ponder during this very important week.

  4. There are many different versions of Jesus depending on who you ask. I’m less interesting in Nice Jesus, Hippie Jesus, Angry Jesus, Manly Jesus etc. and much more interested in the Jesus of the Bible.

  5. I guess most Christians have come across those with these views..that if God is a. God is Love (which of course He is) then why is He sitting up there waiting to punish those who don’t do as He wants…. ‘the key word.. waiting, as though He gets pleasure from it Diane

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