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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Does God hate Satan?

In attempting to answer this question, consider the following points:

1. In Hebrew, "Satan" means adversary or enemy. Christ referred to Satan as the enemy. (Matthew 13:39)

2. Christ told his disciples to love their enemies and bless those who cursed them. By doing this, he told them that they would demonstrate that they were truly God's children (the clear implication being that God loves "His" enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48)

3. If God expects us to love our enemies, how could God do anything less than what "He" expects of us?

4. If anyone who walks in the light loves his/her fellow human (and anyone who hates his/her fellow human walks in darkness), then God must love everyone because "He" is the light. (I John 2:7-11) Indeed, John wrote: "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (I John 1:5)

5. God is love. (I John 4:8)

6. Paul told the saints at Corinth that love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:8)

7. What does "hate the sin, but love the sinner" really mean?

8. Didn't God create Lucifer? (Ezekiel 28:15)

9. Is it possible for God to hate anything that "He" has created?

10. If God hates Satan, then why does Scripture make clear that God intends to destroy the Devil in the Lake of Fire? Why not torture him for all eternity? (Isaiah 14:15, Ezekiel 28:16-19, Revelation 12:12 and 20:10)

Am I saying that God loves Satan? Are you saying that God hates Satan?

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate your thoughts that venture outside the enclosure. "Does God hate Satan?" is a good example.