Does God Hate Atheists

 

The bible says God loves the World (John 3:16) and that includes everyone who does not believe in Him. God wants to have a relationship with everyone ” He is not willing that any should perish but that all should repent.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Not all do come to God, and if someone persists in running from God, eventually they will separate themselves permanently. But that is not God’s doing. Its more like a divorce that only one party wanted.

Sin is vile, ugly and hateful. God hates sin and we should too. This may seem overly simple, but one way I think of it is this: I once had a dog who loved to roll in nasty stuff–manure, dead things–the nastier the better. Then she wanted to come in the house. The stuff she rolled in made me want to throw up, and she absolutely couldn’t come into my house. I did love her though, and did the job of cleaning her up–then she could come in. But if she ran away from me and wouldn’t allow me to clean her up–she would not be coming in the house. God loved us while we were still sinners, and Jesus died to clean us up. All who come and let Jesus into their lives will be in God’s house.

Atheism is not something to take lightly. It is a decision to reject God. It is like the dog who will never come when called. Someone who isn’t sure about God needs to be seeking truth.

 

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