Most Christians believe that Christ is always loving and taught only to love. Is it true? Does the Bible really say that? Hate as Bible instructs but show compassionate love.
Hate everything that comes in between you and God
Those who say Christ always loves or asked us to always love had never read the Bible properly.
(Luke 14:26) “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
You cannot be His disciple unless you hate your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters and even our your life.
Didn’t Christ say to love your enemies?
(Matt 5:43-45) ” You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
(Luke 6:35-36) “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
(Matt 22:35-40) Then one of them, a lawyer, asked [Him a question,] testing Him, and saying, Teacher, which [is] the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is [the] first and great commandment. And [the] second [is] like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
It means, there is absolutely nothing, not even the second which is like the first commandment can come in-between the you and God which is the first and greatest commandment. If anyone including your father, mother, brother, sister, children and even your own self come in between you and God, then you must be ready to hate them.
(Matt 10:37) “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
The great deceiver Satan knew how to manipulate the people who don’t have their foundation strong in the Truth. Today, churches give more importance to the second commandment in such an extent to even forsake the first commandment.
Hate those who causes you to sin and stumble
Doesn’t loving others reflection of God’s love? Not if it causes you to sin or stumble or causes you to love God less. When you stand in judgment, God is not going to see how much work you had done for Him through the ministry, but rather, how much you are holy and perfect before Him.
(Deut 13:6-10) If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, of the gods of the people which [are] all around you, near to you or far off from you, from [one] end of the earth to the [other] end of the earth, you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him; but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. And you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Christ, said the same thing too.
(Matt 18:6) ” But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Christ says to hung a millstone on the neck of the parents or whoever cause this little one to sin and throw into the depth of the sea. Is today’s church even teaching His kind Words like these to you?
Hate yourself, even dismember if required for being holy
He again instructs to hate yourself to avoid sin, even dismember.
(Matt 18:8) “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast [it] from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.
If anyone causes you to love God less or give less importance to His inspired Word, for the sake of loving them, then you must hate them for they make you stumble from the Truth. Hence, you must never love anything or anyone more than God, even hate if they come in between you and God. Otherwise, you are not worthy of Him. Learn to hate those who make you go away from God and His Truth. Are you loving God the way He wants?
Listen to David, a man according to God’s own heart.
(Ps 139:21-22) Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
David hated those who hate God. How about you?
(Jas 4:4) Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
You cannot be a friend of the world and if you become one, you are an enemy of God.
(John 15:18-19) ” If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before [it hated] you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
(1John 2:15) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Bible also warns not to love the world which hates both God and true-Christians. Are you loving the world who hates God, thinking it is reflecting God’s love? Beware! You are not only an enemy of God but also, you don’t have the love of the Father in you if you do that.
2Chr 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you.
When did God ask us to love His enemies? He only asked us to love our enemies.
The love of God throughout the New Testament is given to those who are within the church and believers of Christ and not about loving sinners and unbelievers.
(2Cor 6:14) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
(2Thess 3:14) And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.
(1Cor 5:9,11) I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person.
Bible warns not even to have fellowship with sinners and unbelievers. Hence, hate as the Bible instructs.
- Hate anyone or anything that comes between you and God.
- Hate anyone or anything that causes you to sin and stumble.
- Hate your own self if your own body is a hindrance for holiness.
- Hate those who hate God.