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Everyone, But Hate Sinful Behavior
a concept many people have a problem understanding. For example, some
people say that if a person is a homosexual, that is who they are.
To love the person, you must love who they are. You must accept homosexual
behavior as being okay--for that person.
This is known
as moral relativism.
means that what is right or wrong can be different for each person.
This IS NOT
what the Bible teaches. God has made it clear that morality -- meaning
what is right and what is wrong wrong -- is not relative.
We all know that sharing is good. When we all share we live a happier,
pleasant, more peaceful life.
I love watching
TV. Today my television broke. So I walked into your house, unplugged
your TV, and took it to my house. I believe this is good behavior
because I'm helping you to share what you have with me. (This
example could also apply to your car, your clothes, your food or
anything else you have.)
But, is it right
for me to decide you should share your TV with me, without my asking
you? If you accept moral relativism, there is nothing wrong with
what I did. Your only option is to buy yourself a new TV.
Morals: Taking something that belongs to someone else, without
their permission, is called stealing. Stealing is not acceptable
behavior, and is not behavior that we allow. Stealing is wrong.
This is known as an absolute moral value--it applies in all cases.
who is mentally ill, continually breaks into your home and steals
whatever he can move, do you accept that and say it is okay? After
all, this person sees nothing wrong in what he is doing.
No, we do not
accept this type of behavior. We will have compassion on the person
(we will love that person) and try to see that they get the proper
help. However, we do not like, we do not approve of, nor do we accept
their behavior (stealing).
In other words,
we love the person, but hate the sin (stealing).
That is what
God tells us to do. We are to love our neighbor and hate all sin.
We are all familiar
with the fact that Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor, but what
about those things we are supposed to hate? Here's a quote that
just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is
- (NLT) Romans 12:9
Notice, it says
to love others (people) and hate what is wrong (behaviors), not
who is wrong.
What are some
of the behaviors God hates? What does God teach us to hate?
not make evil plots to harm each other. And stop this habit of swearing
to things that are false. I hate all these things, says the LORD."
- (NLT) Zechariah 8:17
who love the LORD, hate evil!"
- (NLT) Psalm 97:10
each of your commandments is right. That is why I hate every false
- (NLT) Psalm 119:128