Two things I can’t stand: Anime, and church-led protests.
In watching a documentary titled “Religilous,” which works to discredit religion (poorly, I might add), I watched as a church stood around with signs of protests that said “God hates gays.” A few years ago, and what seems to be a reoccurring thing, another church protested at an abortion clinic that ended in the murder of an abortionist. God hats gays, hates abortionists, hates atheists, hates child abusers, hates fill-in-the-blank. And in hearing all of this, there should be some confusion. God hates someone? Really?
I will not deny that I’m somewhat of a universalist. I believe what the Bible says, and that’s that God so LOVED the world that He gave His only son to die for us. This little tiny baby was sent to us, this perfect baby, and we killed him. We were the nails that were driven trough his hands, the spear that pierced his side, and we were the reason he didn’t back out of God’s plan. Most universalists believe that God couldn’t send us to hell, but the Bible says we send ourselves there. God paved a way for us to avoid that and for us to know His love. Yet, after the heartache of seeing His son on the cross, and after the blood that was shed and the pain that was felt, suddenly… God doesn’t love us? Have these churches gone mad?
If you were looking to buy a computer, and you saw one you really, really liked, and it was just perfect, you would get it. Right? If money were no object, you’d buy it. You certainly wouldn’t buy a computer you knew you wouldn’t like. So when we say that God hates someone, we’re saying that He made a mistake. God does hate, but it’s no one in particular. God loves us; He hates sin. Romans 3:23 says that we’ve all sinned, and we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory. If something were separating me from my son, I’d hate it, too. Sin separates us from God. But, because God loves us, He formed a solution. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
If you read the Old Testament, God’s anger is very obvious. He hated sin, hated false idols, hated the corruption of kings, and he hated being ignored. He took steps to change this that almost always resulted in someone getting hurt. God knew that we could never each be obedient, not after sin was introduced to our lives. So, not wanting us to die for our sins, Jesus became our option. And Jesus was so perfect, all we have to do is ask for forgiveness, and it’s done. Jesus is our advocate, our lawyer before the great judge, and our savior. He was and is the hero of the world. People just don’t realize it.
If God didn’t love each and every single one of us, He wouldn’t have given us a perfect sacrifice. And to you true universalists out there, if God “couldn’t” send us to hell, then we wouldn’t have needed Jesus to save us. But sending His son was the upmost prime example of His love for us. Romans 5:8 says that it’s the perfect demonstration of His love, “…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We were STILL sinners, and he STILL died! Why are we saying that God hates certain people? Was His love not truly perfect like the Bible says?
God tells us that, “…the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain.” No matter what grip sin has on your life, God still loves you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been because God forgets all of that once you ask Him to. God doesn’t hate you. Why would He make something if He was just going to hate it? God hates the sin in our lives, and He wants us to accept His offer and be cleansed.
Call me a universalist, but… love truly conquers all things. And since God is love… Well, you decide.