• Is it true that God “loves the sinner but hates the sin”? Question and Answer

    Malachi 1:2-3

    You hear this statement all the time. It comes under the category of us trying to help out God. There are elements of the revelation of God that are difficult for us to take. One of these is anytime we associate the word “hate” with God. It’s hard for us to do that, but we have it in Scripture. This idea that God hates the sin but loves the sinner is contrary to two Psalms (Pss. 5:5; 11:5) and the opening verses of the book of Malachi: “Esau have I hated, Jacob have I loved” (Mal. 1:2–3). We have to … View Resource

  • Is it biblical to say God “loves you” to believers and nonbelievers alike? Question and Answer

    Matthew 5:45

    Historically and theologically, we distinguish among three types of divine love. There is God’s love of benevolence, where God has a kind spirit to the whole world. His benevolent will and love fall on everybody. There is also the sense in which the love of God is defined in terms of God’s love of beneficence, which refers not just simply to His attitude toward the world, but how He displays that goodness universally. “The rain falls upon the just as well as on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). So that universal dimension of the love of God is manifest. When we’re … View Resource