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Can God Hate People?

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 6: 16-19

Most people who believe in God know that God is love. Because of such a declaration, many think He loves everything and everyone and is incapable of hating. To think that is a mistake, for the Bible tells us there are a few things God hates, and there are people He detests.

He hates haughty eyes or the eyes of people who look at others as inferior or unworthy of respect. God hates lying tongues. Some people consider lies something fun or harmless, but please remember that satan is the biggest liar. Nothing good comes out of his mouth. A lying tongue is a weapon satan can use to bring much destruction, and God hates it.

God does not forget the hands that shed innocent blood. In this world, many crimes go unsolved, but please remember that the blood of the innocent has a voice God hears. The Bible also tells us that God hates the heart that takes the time to devise evil plans. We can all harm people unintentionally, but God is watching while people intentionally plot to harm others, and their plans are recorded in God’s records.

The Bible tells us that God also hates feet that rush into evil. Such feet belong to people who have entirely silenced their conscience. And the last thing God hates, according to Salomon, is a false witness who testifies lies about others. The incredible thing to me is that even though God hates every single one of these things, they describe the person whom God not only hates but detests. God detests discriminators.

God hates people who discriminate against others for any reason. Yes, my friends, discrimination, racism, hate crimes, and genocide are the product of the six things God hates. Discrimination makes you into a person He detests. Nothing stirs up conflict in communities more than discrimination. People have no problem killing or harming others they see as without value or as inferior to them.

My friends, the next time you are tempted to see someone not as valuable as you, remember that God created us all; therefore, we are all equals. We do not have to agree with or even understand each other, but we MUST respect each other and see one another as God’s creation. Otherwise, we risk becoming people God hates.

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