Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

Yesterday’s post about regarding iniquity in your heart brought my mind to the popular “love the sinner hate the sin” quote. I have heard this quote in 2 variations:

“God loves the sinner but hates the sin.”

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

So, are these Bible or Not? Neither are from the Bible although you’ve likely heard them from the pulpit. OK, so they are not from the Bible, but is it true that God loves the sinner but hates the sin, or does he hate both sin and sinner? There are Bible verses to support both positions (it’s up to you to go find them, so if you haven’t cracked open your Bible this past week here is a great opportunity).

Learn more about the authors of these quotes (one of them is the patron saint of brewers!)…

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If I Regard Iniquity In My Heart, The Lord Will Not Hear

You have likely heard things like “God loves the sinner but hates the sin”, and that in order to be saved all one needs to do is say “the sinner’s prayer”. So then, we can conclude that God loves the sinner and if a sinful person was to pray to God, then God would answer. Today’s Bible or Not quote is a Bible verse from the book of Psalms.

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear”. – Psalm 66:18 NKJV

We have a dilemma now, don’t we? According to the psalmist, a person with a sinful heart – i.e. a sinner – will not be heard by God. So which is it? Does God hear the prayer of a sinner or not?

I’ll leave the answer to our readers today – please click through to today’s post and add your opinion to the Comments field.

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After the Blush of Sin, or Do We Even Blush Anymore

I have two quotes today, one Bible and one Not. Do you know which one is which?

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference. – Bible or Not?

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed. Nor did they know how to blush. – Bible or Not?

Let me ask you Christian, and be honest with yourself, do you still know how to blush? Or have you become so calloused by the world we live in that you’ve forgotten how?

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