Does God hate sin? Why does God hate sin?

God hates sin because it opposes His very nature and is the work of the devil (John 8:44). God describes sin as wounds and bruises (Isaiah 1:6), as a burden (Psalm 38:4), as something that defiles (Titus 1:15), a heavy debt (Matthew 6:12-15), a stain (Isaiah 1:18), and as darkness (1 John 1:6).

God created the world and called it good. Soon, however, Adam and Eve sinned, bringing judgment (Genesis 3). Sin disrupted Adam and Eve's fellowship with God and their relationship with each other, as well as their relationship with creation. Sin is a perversion of the good God created. God hates sin because it brings death and separation (Romans 6:23) whereas He longs to bring us life (John 10:10).

Cain brought an unacceptable offering and then killed his brother Abel in jealousy. His sins were despised or hated by God and brought judgment upon him (Genesis 4).

The sins of the world led to God's judgment through a Great Flood during the time of Noah (Genesis 6—8). Only eight members of Noah's family escaped this wrath. Even following the Flood, God judged the pride of men at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). He would soon call Abraham to begin a people who would be devoted to Him, later known as Israel (Genesis 12:1-3).

The Israelites would serve as an example of God's hatred of sin and His forgiveness when they repented. When Jesus came, He gave His very life to pay the price of sin.

The sins of humanity cost God greatly. However, He offers us forgiveness and eternal life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). He longs to remove our sin and restore us to right relationship with Himself.

All have sinned and fall short of God's glory (Romans 3:23). This sin leads to death and eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23) for those who do not believe in Jesus by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Isaiah 59:2 notes, "your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear." Yet Paul noted the change Jesus can bring: "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Romans 7:24-25).

As Christians, we should also hate sin as God does. Sin is deceitful and brings about death (James 1:14-15). We are called to be "children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness" (1 Thessalonians 5:5). God has called us to be holy (1 Peter 2:9).

God will ultimately conquer sin when He makes all things new at the end of time. There will be a new heaven and new earth, with the end of the curse of sin on God's people (Revelation 21—22).

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The sin nature - What is it?

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