Why does God hate sin?

I asked this on FB to encourage thinking deeply about God.

The other question (which helps answer this question) is why does God command and require men to worship Him?

Any thoughts?

7 Responses to “Why does God hate sin?”

  1. redeemedhippiesplace Says:

    If I may respond: My husband and I were talking about this the other night. I will tell you what I told him. Over the years I have noticed how many celebrities/mere man are worshipped. Today, even more so. A lot of the idols have died, trying to live up to the image their idolaters have helped them to become. God desires to be the One worshipped, not only because is He worthy and a jealous God, but He knows no one can handle such worship other than Him. He knows that if we put our worship on anything or anyone besides Hi, not only do we corrupt ourselves, but we help with the downfall of others. This is just my opinion.

    As far as why He hates sin… it is because it seperates us from God.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Thanks Brenda.

    Certainly, the Bible has much to say about God’s love for the human race He created: His joy and pleasure in His obedient children and His displeasure and grief over the children of disobedience and their sin.

    The definition we are looking for has to be deeper than on a human level: like, we as humans may hate sin bcos of what it causes us to forfeit, or bcos of the punishment. But we may find it harder to relate to the fact that we have robbed God of honor and glory: our sorrow for our sins may be on different terms than God’s Holy and perfect hatred of our sins.

    What i’m getting at is that God’s hatred for sin must be on a different level than a mere selfish level, as in, what He will forfeit, or, what we will forfeit.

    The reason we would think this is that God has no need. He doesn’t need things like we do. He commands worship but He doesn’t need to be worshiped. He requires we love Him, but He doesn’t need our love.

    Maybe i will continue this later.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    Also, God is not just angry with the fact that sinners are separated from Him, He is actually angry WITH sinners. The Bible says that His wrath, His fierce Holy indignation and fury burns against the wicked and in the lake of fire they will endure His fury forever.

    So consider this fact also.

    It just shows how few people have cared to read the Word of God to find out who the real God is, they have made an idol instead.

    The answer to the question, why does God hate sin? is most likely found in the answer to another question: What is the Glory of God?

  4. redeemedhippiesplace Says:

    Understood and agree. Can’t God hate sin for unselfish reasons? I don’t perceive God selfish at all. That is a human trait. The Word says He is jealous over us. I haven’t taken time to look that up in the Hebrew text. So I will take it at face value for now. I see His jealousy much as the same as when Jesus said of Jerusalem, “How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” Perhaps, I am wrong, but to me it looks like a type of jealousy. One that wants to protect. Not for selfish reasons, but for pure reasons. One that wants me to have total dependence upon Him. Not for glory sake — though He is due all glory always — but because He sees only He can keep us unspotted in a world of filth and sin.

    Yes, God is angry with sinners. If He were not, there would be no reason for Jesus as the perfect sacrifice to be the mediator between the sin and the mercy of God.

    Yes, I agree He does not “need” our love. When I first came to Jesus at the age of 19, the people who led me to the Lord told me “God needs you.” I told them, “But no, I need God.” For God to actually “need” anything about me, would make Him weak, in my eyes. He is satisfied with nothing less than His Son.

    The glory of God? I don’t even know if I can comment on that as I am not even sure anymore at this age in my life, if I have ever seen it. My words, my “experiences” my thoughts probably would never give it true justice and probably nothing more than dung. I won’t even try. The one thing though that makes me think may be the closest thing to the glory of God is how a saint of God being martyred can sing in the flames of death. How a man dying on a cross for the sins of the whole world can say, “Father forgive them, for they know what they do.” I know there is still so much I have to learn.

    Thank you, Ian.

  5. Michael Ferguson Says:

    Off the top of my head-

    Sin is inconsistent with all that God is in character and all that He would purpose for His creation. Sin wars against God’s Person, His purposes and rails against those He has purchsed for Himself. Sin destroys everything that is good, acceptable and perfect and attempts to replace this perfection with an image of something that is lesser than God. All of this is entirely opposed to God and is why sin must be done away, once and for all.

  6. ian vincent Says:

    Thanks both of you for your good input.

    By the Cross God destroyed sin, and the Cross was transacted within the Persons of the Godhead. The incarnation: when the Son of God became a Man, meant that now a Man is within the Godhead, and this Man actually became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21).

    ...Tis mystery all, the immortal dies… Charles Wesley wrote.

    The Cross will forever be the measure of God’s hatred for sin.

    In how God destroyed sin there is a clue as to why He hates it.

    Ultimately it comes down to worship: What is the worship of God? Why does God require and command worship? Why is it evil not to worship?

    Sin is a refusal to worship. Lucifer was created to worship God (even had pipes built in to him) and then one day he refused to worship God by wanting some of that glory for himself.

    Fallen, sinful men would accuse God of having a giant ego.

    But God is right to demand worship.


    The Bible says, for He is worthy. Worship is simply to give God His due, to tell the truth about God. All the superlatives we could use are all true, and yet still fall short..

    Anything less, anything falling short would be a lie.

    Rev 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

    To be continued…

  7. ian vincent Says:

    God is love. His glory is His love. He hated sin so much He was willing to crucify His own Son, and the Son was willing to be crucified, in order to destroy and remove this cursed thing called sin once and for all, for all eternity.

    He hates sin bcos His love is so wonderful and unsearchable and sin is the enemy of His love.

    God is not being selfish when He desires that all men know His love and live in his love, bcos we benefit from His love infinitely more than He does from being worshiped (bcos He doesn’t need to be worshiped or loved)..

    The command to worship, obey and believe God is simply an invitation into His eternal love.

    He made us for fellowship and therefore it is right that He hate anything that breaks that fellowship.

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