Why Does God Hate Me?

Why Does God Hate Me? That is a very good question. The answer is simple. God loves you but he hates sin. But there is great news! God sent Jesus to die for all of our sins. Yours and mine. When we believe in the name of Jesus and accept his free gift of salvation, we receive eternal life in heaven with him. With that wonderful knowledge let’s talk about why God hates sin but how much He loves us.

Part 1- The Problem of Sin

“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS

Romans 2:5

God’s Holiness

Wrath Against Sin

Righteousness is an attribute of God and relates to His Holiness and goodness. Therefore, He cannot tolerate sin and rebellion. The verse above says that people with stubborn and unrepentant hearts store up wrath for themselves in the day of (God’s) wrath.

“Who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin, yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:7).

Patience with Sin

Lovingkindness and forgiveness are God’s first reactions to sinners. God is patient, but He can’t leave the guilty unpunished because of His just nature and holiness.

Sin is Severe and Evil

People Blame God

Why does God hate me? God loves you, but sin is a problem; it’s more severe and wicked than it appears. Why is there evil? Why would an omniscient God allow a Satan, a Judas, and a Hitler to personify evil? People have asked these questions from creation past. The presence of sin is the leading reason people won’t trust God. He has the power to eliminate it, so they blame Him.

God was Part of the Solution

Though we don’t know why God allows sin and evil, we know He didn’t keep Himself from its consequences. The problem of evil is so crucial that He sent His Son who was cruelly tortured and died to cleanse us from our sins.

How much more then, being now justified by His (Jesus’) blood, shall we be saved from wrath through Him  (Romans 5:9).”

It’s so Evil There was No Other Way

The full extent of sin’s evil and consequence is unrevealed, but God is just and righteous. So, we know the problem matches the intensity of His solution. Jesus died to provide salvation—and there was no other way:

“And He (Jesus) was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will (Mark 14:36).”

Jesus Saves Believers from God’s Wrath

Jesus is Our Shield

God poured out His wrath against sin when He placed our sin on Jesus. Yet we are saved because of Jesus’ voluntary sacrifice:

Therefore, when He (Jesus) comes into the world, He says, “A body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See, I have come to do Your will, O God,’ as it is written of Me (Hebrews 10:5-7).”

Unbelievers will Suffer God’s Wrath

So why will unbelievers suffer for eternity? If God couldn’t spare His own Son the torture Jesus had to face when our sin was placed on Jesus, He can’t be just and spare unbelieving people who won’t accept His sin remedy. God’s Son Jesus paid the sin debt for us when He died on the cross.

Jesus is Our Bridge

Everyone is trapped on this burning island, but God has provided a bridge to salvation (Revelation 20:11-15). We cross that bridge by believing in Jesus’ Name (John 1:12). We don’t have to do anything, we simply receive.

Why does God hate me? He doesn’t hate you. He loves you. He hates sin. Accept his grace and mercy through what Jesus did for you on the cross.

Part 2- God’s Wrath Poured Out in the Tribulation

Believers Will Escape God’s Wrath

There is an approaching time of God’s wrath.

“For God has not destined us (believers) for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).”

The Rapture is the Believer’s Escape

In context, Paul had just taught the believers in Thessalonica about the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The church members were upset because some of their fellow believers had died. They thought those believers had lost out on blessings the living will receive when Jesus comes to rescue (rapture) the Church (all living believers in Jesus).

Jesus’s Salvation is the Believer’s Escape

One of the benefits of Jesus’ salvation is that He has delivered Church Age believers from that future time of wrath.

The Tribulation

God’s Wrath Poured out on Israel

That seven-year time of God’s wrath follows the rapture. It is a time of tribulation, also known as the time of Jacob’s trouble and the seventieth week of Daniel. This time is meant for Israel to bring them back to God and to judge the sin of unbelievers:

Unique in History

“Ask now, and see, can a male labor with child? Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale?Alas! for that day is great, so that no one is like it; it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it (Jeremiah 30:5-7).”

God’s Wrath on Unbelievers

This time of tribulation will also be wrath for the unbelieving world; those whom Jesus doesn’t take with Him in the rapture:

“They said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of His wrath has come. Who is able to withstand it? (Revelation 6:16-17)?”

Open to Repentance

God is Patient

God does not hate you. He doesn’t always immediately judge wickedness. He is patient, waiting for people to repent:

Unbelievers Refuse to Repent

“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by (the first) plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands. They did not cease to worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which cannot see nor hear nor walk (Revelation 9:20).”

The Eternal Gospel: Judgement

Then I saw another angel flying in … heaven, having the eternal gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth….He said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, for the hour of His judgment has come. Worship Him who made heaven and earth (Revelation 14:6-7).”

God’s Patience Runs Out

The eternal gospel is not the gospel of salvation. Rather, it is a gospel of judgment which is good news for people who have suffered for the Lord. His patience with sinners has run out and the righteous God will judge evil:

God’s People Praise God’s Judgment

After these things I heard … many people in heaven, shouting: “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual morality; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants (Revelation 19:1-2).” 

With Evil Judged, Christ Establishes His Eternal Kingdom

Jesus returns to earth immediately after God’s angel makes this announcement. God has poured out His wrath against sin during the seven-year tribulation time. After God’s wrath is finished, Jesus is ready to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace.

You can accept God’s gift of salvation and forgiveness right now. Watch the GREAT NEWS FOR YOU video on this page to find out more. God loves you so much that Jesus died for you. He does not hate you. He loves you.

Why does God hate me? He doesn’t hate you. He loves you. He hates sin. Accept his great love and forgiveness through what Jesus did for you on the cross.

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