"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?

not riled

Naw, I don't mind arguing.

"God is not forced ever to accept or reject anything."

That's a bold statement. Maybe the word "forced" is the problem--what if God chooses based on righteous criteria that He established, or rather, criteria that reflects His total righteousness? Is that "forced?" Does God's compliance with God's own nature "force" God to do something? I think so, just like the law of gravity (on earth) causes things to fall, or like the moon pulls the oceans' tides a certain way. God is subject to God.

There's an old riddle that parallels our discussion--Can God create a rock He can't move?

Yes = God is limited
No = God is limited

The real question, then, can God impose limits upon Himself? Is there some point at which God can only do so much, some point where He must throw up His hands and say, "Well, I tried..." While God is Sovereign, what happens when a Sovereign God chooses to set limits on Himself, whether that limit is an immovable rock or the human will?

....and that's why we must love the sinner and hate the sin.

"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