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The Hatred of God

If it is our goal to be made in the image of Yeshua, God’s son, then the things that God hates, should become the things that I hate, not to seethe with caustic and vitriolic hatred toward individuals who practice such things, but to “keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceit, to turn away from evil and do good, to seek peace and pursue it (I Peter 3:10-11).

God is love. The Bible says it. So how can we reconcile the fact that God also hates. This is certainly not a popular concept and not a topic one might hear from pulpits any given Sunday. I think that we church-goers prefer to hear something positive about life. Maybe we even want to believe that the sin we harbor is somehow okay with God.

God also hates. He actually hates a lot of things. Joel Meredith has compiled a book of Bible lists “to entertain, interest, fascinate, stimulate and, most of all, to educate.” The interesting list (below) gives you a good idea of what things God finds to be abominations, or are detestable (odious, abhorrent, loathsome, abominable, hateful) to Him. The list of 43 items is interesting.

In Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists the following appears:

Things God Hates

  1. Homosexual acts (Leviticus 18:22).
  1. Bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)
  1. Idols, and the materials used to make idols (Deuteronomy 7:25)
  1. Blemished sacrifices (Deuteronomy 17:1)
  1. Worshipping the sun, moon or stars (Deuteronomy 17:3-4)
  1. Divination (Deuteronomy 18:10)
  1. Astrology (Deuteronomy 18:10)
  1. Enchanters (Deuteronomy 18:10)
  1. Witches (Deuteronomy 18:10)
  1. Charmers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
  1. Wizards (Deuteronomy 18:11)
  1. Necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
  1. Transvestitism (Deuteronomy 22:5)
  1. The hire of a whore (Deuteronomy 23:18)
  1. Remarriage to a former wife after she has been married to another man (Deuteronomy 24:4)
  1. Dishonest scales (Deuteronomy 25:13-16)
  1. Workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5)
  1. The wicked (Psalm 11:5)
  1. Those who love violence (Psalm 11:5)
  1. The froward [perverse] (Proverbs 3:32)
  1. A proud look (Proverbs 6:16-17)
  1. A lying tongue (Proverbs 6:17)
  1. Hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)
  1. A heart that devises wicked imaginations (Proverbs 6:18)
  1. Feet that are swift in running to mischief (Proverbs 6:18)
  1. A false witness who speaks lies (Proverbs 6:19)
  1. Anyone who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:19)
  1. Lying lips (Proverbs 12:22)
  1. The sacrifices of the wicked (Proverbs 15:8)
  1. The ways of the wicked (Proverbs 15:9)
  1. The thoughts of the wicked (Proverbs 15:26)
  1. The proud in heart (Proverbs 16:5)
  1. Those who justify the wicked (Proverbs 17:15)
  1. Those who condemn the just (Proverbs 17:15)
  1. Vain sacrifices (Isaiah 1:13)
  1. Feasts as Israel celebrated them (Isaiah 1:14)
  1. Robbery for burnt offering (Isaiah 61:8)
  1. Idolatry (Jeremiah 44:2-4)
  1. Evil plans against neighbors (Zechariah 8:17)
  1. False oaths (Zechariah 8:17)
  1. Esau (Malachi 1:1-3; Romans 9:13)
  1. Divorce (Malachi 2:14-16)
  1. The deeds of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6, 15)

As I read the list and looked up the Bible reference, I realized that I do not personally hate all of these things. If it is our goal to be made in the image of Yeshua, God’s son, then the things that God hates, should become the things that I hate, not to seethe with caustic and vitriolic hatred toward individuals who practice such things, but to “keep my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceit, to turn away from evil and do good, to seek peace and pursue it (I Peter 3:10-11).

“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and his ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (I Peter 3:13)

Shabbat Shalom!

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