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Q: #550. Does the Bible really talk about Christians hating certain things?

     A: The Bible clearly says that Christians are to love “people” (1 Jn 4:7-21)(Mt 22:39)(Jn 13:34), however, it also tells us to hate certain “things.” Let’s look at what we are supposed to hate.


(Prov 8:13) The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth., do I hate.

(Ps 97:10) Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

(Amos 5:15) Hate the evil and love the good….

(Rom 12:9) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.


(Heb 1:9) Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.


(Prov 13:5) A righteous man hateth lying; but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

(Ps 119:163) I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Every false way (Ps 119:104) Through thy precepts I get understanding: Therefore I hate every false way.

     Vain Thoughts

(Ps 119:113) I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

     Gifts (Bribes)

(Prov 15:27) He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.


(Prov 28:16) The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days. The work of them that turn aside

(Ps 101:3) I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

     The Love Of Money

(Lk 16:13) No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money).

     Our Life In This World

(Jn 12:25) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Related: Did God really hate Esau?

Copyright: © Steve Shirley

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