"Love the sinner, hate the sin" - is this Christian?

George Nickens's picture

Dear Brothers in Christ,

I heard that "Love the sinner hate the sin" mantra was initially uttered by Gandhi to expound on some principles of Indian non-Christian religious systems. I wonder whether it corresponds to the teaching of Jesus Christ?

michael_legna's picture

St. Augustine was the first

It's actually from St. Augustine.

His letter 211 (c. 424) contains the phrase Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum, which translates roughly as "with due love for the persons and hatred of the sin,"

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The phrase has become more famous expressed as "Hate the sin and not the sinner" (appearing in Mohandas Gandhi's 1929 autobiography).