Does God really “love the sinner but hate the sin?”?

Does God really “love the sinner but hate the sin?”?

Does God really “love the sinner but hate the sin?”?
I don’t see anywhere in scripture that “God loves the sinner” phrase that people so often use. Could someone please point it out.
I asked for scripture “loves the sinner,” but I’m not getting it. My point is, I feel this is made up and not of God (and I am Christian).

It’s like that saying that people attribute to Christ that is completely false and found nowhere in scripture . . . you know “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.”

Call me crazy, but I think we as Christians need to think more about what we say. I’m being sincere here. Can anybody cite scripture that says God loves sinners.

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33 Responses to “Does God really “love the sinner but hate the sin?”?”

  • Maxime says:

    God loves his children, and we are his children. Therefore, he would never hate us because we are not what he hates but the thing that causes us to turn away from him: sin.

  • rhsaunders says:

    God, being a fiction, neither loves nor hates anything. See:

  • Aaron says:

    no you dont see it, you see that God loves his children (all of us) but we are all sinners. that is why we must accept Jesus as our savior and repent for our sins.

  • tanya_marie_3 says:

    Well – it has to do with the fact we are his children and we have free will – He will never hate us and will always love us unconditionally.

  • bob h says:

    no he loves everyone.even when they do bad.i think he dosent like the devel

  • Ahmad says:

    If there were no sinners, would any sin existed?

  • rickcas06 says:

    It is just man made nonesense?

  • Izetriyen says:

    judgment day. everyone eventually ends up in heaven after you have done penance in hell. if you dont do penance while you live, you will do it later on. that is if you believe in God

  • δοῦλος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ says:

    Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

    edit *points straight up*

  • patrone07 says:

    1.)God is love (…because God is love 1 John 4:8)
    2.)We are sinners (for all have sinned…Romans 3:23)
    2.)God loves us sinners that he sent his only beloved Son to save us from our sins (“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.John 3:16).

  • cindy says:

    6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless
    , Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But (1)(God) demonstrates his own
    (2)(love) for us in this: While we were still (3)(sinners), Christ died for us.

    (1) GOD (2) LOVE (3) SINNERS

  • suzanne says:

    all of us do commit sins they r our mistakes after all we are god’s bachchalog. god loves us and ids ready to forgive us for our mistakes (sins wat u call them)…….bye!

  • DRS says:

    John 3:16 For God so Loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    Yes, it is true, God loves the sinner, but hates sin. Hates sin so much He was willing to let His son suffer torture and death on this world for you to escape hell.

  • ♥♥♥mom3ღ says:

    God knows we are sinners He loves us all and wants us to love him.

  • butteryflyorion says:

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    —Romans 5:8, NIV

    that actual phrase isn’t in the bible

  • phloyd87 says:

    it says that God loves all people on Earth, even though He also said that all humans are sinners. So He loves all sinners.

    Sin is what separates people from him, separates him from the people he loves. I’d hate it, too.

  • The Un-Cola says:

    You won’t find it in a bible. It is a ridiculous catch phrase. It is most often used by people to disguise their disdain for a person. I don’t hate you, I just hate that you murder people. I don’t hate you, I just hate you being gay. Give me a break.

  • Shaune G says:

    God loves mankind and He is love…..hang on to those truths. The Bible clearly teaches that God is love, as well as that God shows love. For example, 1 John 4:8-9 says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”

    Many Christians use the cliché “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” However, we must realize that this is an exhortation to us as imperfect human beings. The difference between us and God in regard to loving and hating is vast. Even as Christians, we remain imperfect in our humanity and cannot love completely, nor can we hate without malice. But, God can do both of these perfectly well, because He is God! God can hate without any sinful intent at all. Therefore, he can hate the sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still be willing to lovingly forgive at the moment of that sinner’s repentance and faith (see Malachi 1:3; Revelation 2:6; 2 Peter 3:9). Mysterious, but true, God can perfectly love and hate a person at the same time. This means He can love them as someone He created and can redeemable, as well as hate them for their unbelief and sinful lifestyle. We, as imperfect human beings, cannot do this, thus we must remind ourselves to “love the sinner, hate the sin.”

    How exactly does that work? We hate sin by refusing to take part in it and by condemning it when we see it. Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly. We love the sinner by being faithful in witnessing to them of the forgiveness that is available through Jesus Christ. A true act of love is treating someone with respect and kindness even though they know you do not approve of their lifestyle and/or choice. It is not loving to allow a person to remain stuck in sin. It is not hateful to tell a person they are in sin. In fact, the exact opposites are true.

  • It's That Guy says:

    Do you believe that God’s love is -unconditional-? That would mean the same thing, that he loves you even though you sin. If he couldn’t love anyone who sinned, then he couldn’t love ANYONE, right? Because we all sin.

    Christians like to use that phrase when they’re putting someone down, when they’re excluding someone or telling them they’re going to hell or whatever–‘love the sinner but hate the sin’. It makes them sound a bit less hypocritical. Jesus tried to teach us that we’re all in the same boat, that we all have to take care of each other. It wasn’t a new idea even then, it wasn’t original with him. But it seems that the concept is very hard for some Christians to grasp. “God loves you, even though you’re a sinner, but I think you’re going to hell.”

  • Amelia J says:

    god loves everyone and anyone, it means that he loves the person (who did the sin) but hates the sin the person did. It pratically means he loves the person except hates the sin that the perosn did.
    Good luck! here is a link to my question:–&paid=asked&msgr_status=

  • Rhonda T says:


  • poonamyadav40 says:

    I am sure that u might have read that “GOD LOVES EVERYONE”

    Everyone includes that sinner also,and God always tries to show the right path to every human being, and God hates the sin, so no Holy book or God from any community tells you to do a sin, it only teaches u all good things

  • Like a rolling stone says:

    Actions can speak louder than words. Jesus went through torture and died to forgive our sins. In doing this, Jesus took our sins away, destroyed them, and made it as if they were never committed. Jesus death redeemed us, made us right, and sinless in Gods eyes and able to go to Heaven. By doing this, putting our sins away and offering us forgiveness and Heaven, Jesus shows that He hated our sins but still loves us. He did away with the bad things in us (sin) and gives us Heaven (love). You might want to read John 3:16.

  • poop fungus says:

    its a people saying, not biblical.. god once looked down on the earth and found favor in only one, Noah.. it says that.. not even his family, just Noah himself.. god only saved his family also on behalf of Noah, the only one on earth he found favor in.. god didnt give a sh*t about them, they sucked.. he is not a sissy (typical christian) god..

  • Chester says:

    The Un-Cola says it best and bieng gay isn’t a sin, homosexual was only recently found in the bible
    That phrase is meaningless garbage, it’s like when employers tell you that they value your opinion and you know that’s a lie.

  • Christ4life says:

    Romans 5:8,”But God demonstrates HIS OWN LOVE for us in this: WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US” (NIV), God is Holy (Rev 15:4) and thus cannot be associated with sin. Hope this answers your question.

  • Uncarved Block says:

    It never say perhaps,but in understanding,it is refering to the new testament, which Jesus been doing,because Jesus mingle among sinners:eg. the tax collector who keep some money for them self when doing it,to the drunkard,prostitute,low life people,and to those adultery doer,because he sees them that even with such profession,there is humility on their heart,to accept their sin,thats why he said “you sin is forgiven and sin no more”,he dont mingle with the rich in a way,they are greedy of there money and they are hard headed…their eyes are blinded in seeing what jesus was saying.

  • Alien8ed says:

    God is love (1 John 4:8), but God also punishes the sinner and hates all who do iniquity. God is not one sided. He is not simply an infinitely loving God. He is also infinitely just. He must deal with sin. He must punish the sinner. This is what the Bible states. I personally believe the statement to which Jesus gave “Forgive them father for they know not what they do” is a plea to the Father to still love the sinner even though they have chosen the wrong path. Jesus died on the cross to save these souls. God knows everyone intimately and realizes why that person feels/act the way that they do. God will never give up on loving us. I think the Father has a true understanding on an eternal basis and knows that Good will prevail over evil. As for a phrase from the Bible there is not one in those specific words that I know of but sometimes you have to read between the lines.

  • Peace C says:

    God loves a sinner and hate the sin……What a stupit phrase !!!

  • healing4u2live says:

    you need to figure out what “God’s love” really mean in that context.

    It’s a perfecting love. To fill his will not ours.

  • araucana says:

    I think the answer can be found in the fenomenal concept of THE GRACE OF GOD.
    No, I personally cannot site any scriptures at this very moment.(even that I imagine there may be many) I can only tell you that God’s infinite Grace is all over and all around us. We have his grace even when we are in sin. Is his gift to us. No matter what.
    He is always waiting for those words to came out. From our hearts and our lips… please God forgive me! I am so sorry!
    God’s love for us becames really real to me when I think that he is my real father and that he cares and loves me like my father here on earth only that God does it in a perfect way.

  • sphinsa says:

    We are all sinners. For all hath sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 There only difference between the righteous and the sinner is God’s predestinating the righteous before the foundation of the world. So you are right God does not love 98% of the sinners in the world. the ones he has predestinated he is working on them. But they wont be righteous til the end of time. For he who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6 God Hates Sin Period. He will not live with it. Can’t find that scripture but it is in the bible. So God sends his elect through a never ending circle of trial, tribulation, sin, and scourging. To burn that sin out of us and perfect our faith. If you need those scriptures email me tomorrow I will get them to you. Or look at some of my answers if you can

  • adriatikus says:

    The author of “love the sinner, hate the sin” is St Augustine — — a Church Father, 354-430 AD. The work it appears in is “The City of God”.

    St Augustine writes:

    “For this reason, the man who lives by God’s standards and not by man’s, must needs be a lover of the good, and it follows that he must hate what is evil. Further, since no one is evil by nature, but anyone who is evil is evil because of a perversion of nature, the man who lives by God’s standards has a duty of “perfect hatred” (Psalm 139:22) towards those who are evil; that is to say, he should not hate the person because of the fault, nor should he love the fault because of the person. He should hate the fault, but love the man. And when the fault has been cured there will remain only what he ought to love, nothing that he should hate.” (14:6, Penguin ed., transl. Bettenson) — source:

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