"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?


namely that they were human beings created in God's own image. "Love the sinner, hate the sin," might not be Biblical, but I see no real problem with the principle. "God can't look at sin with any degree of allowance" is a far cry from "God can't love any sinner with any degree of allowance."

c52, the way (I perceive) you look at it, God Almighty stands if favor of some souls and in rejection of others, no matter what they do or don't do--thus, God sort of "hates" those he does not favor. The way I tend to see it, God loves even those He is forced to reject; it is not because God hates the sinner that he rejects them, but because He loves the sinner; true love has limits; it says, "If you love me, keep my commandments."

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." John 5.39-40