For starters, I hate writing on this topic. I hate it because it's only such a small part of what my blog talks about, or what I am about for that matter. Yet, people love to latch on to it, misconstrue it, blog about it, and otherwise get all in a tizzy. Some people read my blog for one reason only - to find a post like this that they can link to on some forum, and be a self-righteous busybody. I for one don't like to feed them.
But alas, every once in a while, I feel the need to clarify my position. You can read an old blog post on this subject here.
Yes, there are things I hate. So does every other human being. Hatred is a natural feeling, and I have yet to find one Bible verse that says that hating is wrong.
And yes, there even are - gasp - people I hate. They are few and far between. However, I have recently been accused of hating such groups as illegals, socialists, public school teachers/students, etc. If it's out there, and it's wrong, so the maligners say, I must hate it. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I would like to challenge anyone to find me saying any such thing on my blog or elsewhere. Yes, I hate socialism, but no, I do not hate every socialist. Yes, I hate public education, but I do not hate every single public school teacher. I do not even hate people who hate me. The Bible commands us to love our enemies.
There is only one group of people I hate: reprobates. Those who hate God, and as a result, have been rejected by Him. As a result of this rejection by God, they (as the Bible says) become like animals, and there is no end to how low they can sink. When they die, they will go to hell - they can never be saved. This is a very small minority of people, limited to very few, egregious sins such as being a homo, tampering with God's word, or otherwise being "past feeling" (i.e. the Dr. Tillers and Stalins of this world).
The Bible never says to love God's enemies. In fact, it says not to love them that hate the Lord ("Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD." - II Kings 19:2)
The Bible records several instances of God hating/abhorring individuals, such as:
The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. - Psalm 11:5
All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. - Hosea 9:15
There are many other examples that I already listed in my other post on the subject, so I won't belabor the point here. The truth is, God hates some people. Therefore, it cannot categorically be wrong/sinful to hate, because God does not sin.
But then, I don't think it makes any difference to some people what the Bible says. If it doesn't agree with their preconceived ideas, they'll just throw the Bible out. Some people, I guess, are good enough to be their own god.
One adage that is often parroted is "Hate the sin, love the sinner". In fact, I even read a comment by someone recently that we can't just cherry-pick verses that support our beliefs, but that we need to read the Bible as a whole, starting at "hate the sin, love the sinner". This person's Bible knowledge must stem from such a reading plan, since that phrase (or anything remotely similar to it) is nowhere in the Bible. They are still looking for that starting point to their reading, I'm guessing.
The truth is, everyone hates, and everyone hates some people. If Hitler were alive today, would anyone actually think we are commanded to love him? Maybe I am just honest enough to put a face and a name behind my beliefs, while anonymous commenters like to hide behind their computer screen while calling me narrow-minded, hateful, and bigoted. Personally, I feel that their intolerant view of me is quite narrow-minded, hateful, and bigoted. So it's wrong to hate vile, abusive perverts, but it's okay to hate me for hating them? Please.
There. This post is not open for comments, because that is all I want to say about the subject, and don't care to hear others' unbiblical opinions. Back to the regular scheduled programming.