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LOVE THE SINNER AND HATE THE SIN - ITS SLOW POISON, ITS ARSENIC

The Christian argument that we must be like God and love the sinner and hate the sin has a hollowness about it.  It is in fact choosing to do slow-burning harm to the other as opposed to be too obviously dangerous by lashing out.  That hides what it truly is.

Actions speak louder than words one way but another way they do not. Words are actions. People who hate you usually prefer others to hurt you for them. So hate speech or sweetened up slow poison is their way of getting somebody to hurt you.  They are nevertheless trying to do you harm but through someone else.

To hate is to wish harm on.

To love is to wish for somebody's wellbeing.

Yet religion says we can love the person and hate their sin.

It says you can love yourself and hate your sin. But can you? You know that your fears and jealousies and pridefulness etc are part of you as much as your hands and feet are. These things are what you make into sin. Thus sin is you and you are sin when you sin.

The husband who beats his wife to a pulp because of her adultery will say it happened because he loves her. He will even believe that. The doctrine of love the sinner hates the sin trains him to manipulate his wife to get her to believe he loves her. What about the man who beats his wife just because the dinner was cold?

We judge if somebody hates you by what they may say or think of you. If somebody says with emotion that you are a very bad person we justly conclude that the person hates you.

The love sinner and hate sin idea tries to make it impossible to tell if anybody hates you. If you could love the sinner and hate the sin there would be no way to tell and to accuse anybody of hating would be vindictive.

We can do evil while thinking it is good and intending it to be good. The signs that a person hates you then could be misleading.

Society and religion teach, "You love a person morally or immorally." Moral love is a tough love that corrects the other person. Immoral love would be like rewarding a person for robbing a bank with a nice dinner. It would be helping them to feel good about harming others seriously. If you feel that hating sin too easily leads to hating the sinner you will tend to err on the side of caution and be soft on evil people. It is a fact that if you are good at loving sinners and hating sins, that skill will be useless if the sinners start doing grave evils.

Christians are to love God for being what he is and not what they think he should be. God by definition is the being who knows best and does best. Loving sinners is supposed to be about loving them for what they are and not for what you think they should be. In other words you ignore the sin and even tell yourself that there is no sin in them at all! This is contradicted then by your calling them sinners and calling them opponents of holiness and the law of God and the perfect love of God. So you love them for the perfect people they are. If you partly hate the sinner and claim to mostly love them then you do not love them at all. You fail to love the persons for what they are and not for what you think they should be. Love the sinner and hate the sin only impresses those who do not really understand love. Those who preach the principle are propagating saccharinised evil.

The world is full of people who engage in immoral love while thinking they love the sinner and hate the sin.

Surely the more a person is brainwashed about love the sinner and hate the sin the more they can develop Stockholm Syndrome?

If you hate and cannot see it, the hate is far more dangerous. It simmers away undisturbed. At least if it is out in the open you can do something about it.

If you are blind to the hate you have for others who do wrong, you will soon become blind to the hate you have for yourself. Not seeing your own hate for yourself is very dangerous. Hating yourself means you cannot see yourself as valuable and thus you will hate others as you will see them as dangerous. You will fear them not valuing you and hurting you.

Guilt and shame may be linked but they are not the same thing. John hits Mike. John feels guilty because he hit Mike. John feels ashamed because he hit Mike. Guilt is about the action. Shame is about others, including Mike knowing what you have done. If John believes in loving the sinner and hating the sin some problems arise. What about his own sin? If he loves himself and hates his sin how can he let himself feel guilty? How can he punish himself with guilt? Love the sinner and hating the sin puts people in denial where their own guilt is concerned. It leads only to moral destruction. Shame is hypocritical in the sense that nobody feels it until they are caught out. It is not the wrongdoing they are worried about but what others think of it. Shame is proof that we are more worried about fitting in with society than about really being good. We value being thought good more than being good.

Some who say you should love the sinner and hate the sin mean only that you may not exercise violence against the sinner or ostracise her or him. But there is more to hate than these things. The most poisonous form of hate is more subtle and crafty. The craftier forms are more popular for they make it possible to seduce others while avoiding the perils of looking bad and dangerous. Then as hate feeds on hate, the day will come when they attack the sinners and you will tell yourself it is their responsibility and not yours. Clever eh?

Suppose Satan needed medicine to live. If Jesus cares about his wellbeing and not his sins or how dangerous he is he will give him the medicine. If Jesus is afraid to help him for he will recover and do terrible harm to others he might refrain for their sake. That would mean that anybody loving you and hating your sins is not necessarily going to help you or work for your wellbeing. So it is odd why people take consolation from the love the sinner and hate the sin doctrine. The love is not about the other person's wellbeing at all but about them. The person who says they forgive X though he has ate babies alive because they want to be free from bitterness and ill-feeling are doing it for themselves not X. They do not really accept X though they may act nice towards him. That is an example of loving the sinner and hating the sin - it is not really loving. The sinner is used as a means of making yourself feel you love him and getting a nice warm smug glow when you do not in fact love him at all. Such blindness will only get worse.

The person is his or her actions. To hate the action is to hate a person and to do it in a way that degrades them but which spares you the suffering and pollution that comes from raging hate. In other words, you know hate can be bad for you so you find a way to hate that isn't so bad or you flavour the hate with sugar.

We are not primarily moral beings. If your beloved sister or brother goes to jail for murder or drug dealing, you may want them back and not even feel mad at them or what they have done. This love will render you unable to see that if you try to get them off you belittle their victims and hurt them. You are in opposition to the victims and their families. Love can blind us to what we are. It is no surprise that hate is given a new form when you claim to love those who make themselves despicable. 

The doctrine is just about going into denial about how capable of hate you are.

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