Simple blunt fact, heresy or part of a more multifaceted picture?
First - a look at the use of the English word “hate”, as applied to humankind in the Biblical texts. Over the past couple of weeks I have had several people either inbox me via Facebook PM’s, or challenge my (and other’s) assertions that “G-d (Christ) loves all people” - (John 3:16 & 17) - in public Forums. Two of the most common points of reference are Romans 9:13 and Malachi 1:3, which before even moving on to points of “context”, I feel one must first consider the use of the English word “hate” in conjunction with both the Hebrew and Greek words.
Now moving on to context, when one also considers passages such as:
Luke 14:26 and I John 3:15,
Especially in view of the fact that both of these texts use the same Greek word – “miseó” μισέω – one is bound to conclude that the Bible is very contradictory. When the simple fact is that, while the English word “hate”, from the Greek word “miseó” μισέω, is indeed very blunt, harsh and absolute, there are broader (softer) meanings for the Greek word - “love less” even “esteem less”. And even in the Hebrew, the word “sane” (שָׂנֵא) which is used in Leviticus 19:17 in the sense of NOT despising one’s brother, even if they’ve committed a heinous crime – “17 Do not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor frankly, so that you won’t carry sin because of him.” – CJB.
Quoting – “26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.” – End Quote, Luke 14:26 HCSB and
Quoting – “15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” – End Quote, I John 3:15 CJB.
One cannot, in clear conscience, take the English word rendered “hate”, as always to exclusively mean - ‘to despise’.
G-d (Christ) is either LIAR, LUNATIC or LORD.
Either G-d (Christ) is a raving lunatic, or a pathological liar, to tell His disciples on the one hand (Luke 14:26) to hate your brothers, and then also tell folk that (I John 3:15) if you hate, there is no place for you in Heaven. OR, Christ is Lord, He cannot lie, and that there’s more to this use of the English word ‘hate’ that must be realized from the broader context of the whole of G-d’s (Christ’s) Holy Word, the Bible. And helping us see what is in keeping with the broader context of the FULL counsel of G-d’s (Christ’s) Holy Word is something that the Holy Ghost is here for.
Second - let’s consider Pre-Destination. What does G-d’s (Christ’s) Holy Word have to say about “Pre-Destination”? A great deal actually is said in G-d’s (Christ’s) Holy Word about Pre-Destination. Romans 8:29 & 30 is a pretty clear, and is an oft quoted set of ‘proof’ texts for Pre-Destination. Though there are many texts ( 3 ) that likewise present and even support Pre-Destination, context must always be considered. Context such as Romans 8:26 – 33, as well as the broader context of all 66 Books of the Holy Bible:
Third - let’s take a look at “Free Will” next shall we! We do not see anywhere in the Bible where G-d (Christ) rejects those who turn to Him, seeking Him earnestly. Deuteronomy 4:29 - “…seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him…” - “…if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” - AMP. We read in II Peter 3:9 that the Lord is - “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Here too II Peter 3:9 is a pretty clear, and is an oft quoted set of ‘proof’ texts for Free Will. And once more though there are many texts ( 4 ) that likewise present and even support Free Will, context must always be considered.
What does Pre-Destination as an exclusive, stand-alone absolute biblical doctrine mean or imply then? Were Adam & Eve not created to live forever (without sin) in perfect harmony with G-d (Christ) in paradise? If either was created with the sole Pre-Destined purpose to rebel, where does this leave Free Will? If, as Pre-Destination is often preached, Adam and Eve were created with the Pre-Destined purpose to rebel, with the ‘in G-d’s WILL’ purpose to rebel, why would He punish them for fulfilling His perfect Will?
Genesis 1:1 says, in almost any English rendering – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – and as rendered via the Ancient Hebrew Pictographs, it can be translated as saying – “The Son of God, destroyed by the hand of God at the Cross” – see ( 15 ). The point?
The point is simple – G-d knew even before He created anything, that – humankind would rebel, and rebel in the extreme, such that they (humankind) would be hopelessly lost. So *knowing* that man’s only HOPE would be in the form of Christ’s redemptive shed blood, G-d saw fit to have His message of hope buried in the very first word of the Bible. But does this mean that G-d intended for, actually planned, intentionally willed, desired and wholeheartedly WANTED to send His only Son?
So, if II Peter 3, Ezekiel 33, I Timothy 2 and others are correct, that G-d's (Christ's) will is for all to come to repentance (which is what He predestined all for)... why are some perishing?
( 1 ) - http://bit.ly/1RxDqYp - Strong's Concordance - sane - Hebrew
( 5 ) - Romans 9:13 & Malachi 1:3
( 6 ) - 1 John 3:15 & Leviticus 19:17
( 7 ) - Romans 8:29 & Ephesians 1:5
( 8 ) - II Peter 3:9 & I Timothy 2:4
( 9 ) - Romans 9:13 & 1 John 3:15
( 10 ) - Luke 14:26 & I John 2:9
The website(s) “Got Questions” (predestination) - http://bit.ly/1jGACxL & (Predestination and Election) http://bit.ly/1jGBend & “Hate Esau” (love Jacob and hate Esau) - http://bit.ly/1WdZQEQ & “Free Will” - http://bit.ly/1OVDS5d and “C.A.R.M.” (Predestination) - http://bit.ly/1jGAYV2 & (Predestination and Free will) - http://bit.ly/1jGBiTI & (love Jacob and hate Esau) - http://bit.ly/1WdZWfu & “Free Will” - http://bit.ly/1OVE842 contain some additional information on the biblical concept of “Pre-Destination”, “Free Will” and “G-d (Christ) “hates”.