DES MOINES, IOWA - After years of careful study, a pastor cannot find a single reference to the idea that "God loves the sinner but hates the sin."
Pastor Eric Smith has been pastoring for nearly twenty years, and has always told people that God loves sinners but hates the sin they commit, as if sin had nothing to do with the sinner. Recently someone asked where that was found in the Bible. To pastor Eric's shock, he couldn't think of a verse or pasage. Later that night, he went into his office and searched the scriptures to see if these things were so. And lo, no such things were found in the scripture.
"I don't know what to say. Everyone I know says this. I just assumed it was stated in the word of God. Apparently not", pastor said. He did a Google search and learned that Mahatma Ghandi was the one that said that. "Huh, and all this time I thought Jesus said that. Why didn't he? I thought he would be the first to say that."
He did some more research and found verses in the Bible that clearly taught that God hates those that sin.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. - Psalm 5:5
The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. - Psalm 11:5
Several days have gone by and no one has seen or heard from pastor Eric. His wife said that her husband has been spending many hours in his office studying the scriptures, unsure of what this all means.
"I'm not sure my theology is big enough to handle a holy God that loves righteous and hates wickedness - and like he really means that."