How Can God Hate Sin but Love Sinners, and What is Original Sin? (EQ)

Below is an email question (EQ) I recently received. I hope the answer helps the questioner as well as others!
-Nabeel


Dear Nabeel.

I am struggling with two questions that keep me from being a Christian. I truly want to love and praise the Lord but I have some doubts about him.

First of all The Bible says that God hates our sinful personality and everything we do but at the same time He loves us. What is it that He loves? How can he love us if he hates who we are.

The second question is this: Why do I have to get punished for Adams sin. I mean I didn't choose to be born on this sinful earth.

Nabeel. I am so brokenhearted I truly need God in my life and I am so sad because I don't understand who he is. I would really appreciate it if you could answer these two question for me. Thank you so much!




Dear brother,

Thank you for asking these questions. Here is my answer:

1) I encourage you, my brother, to see God as your father. Tell me, how would a good father react if his son were committing crimes? Let's say the son is mugging and beating people on the street. A good father would hate the crimes, denouncing them as the evil that they are. But that father would not stop loving his son. Certainly he would reprimand him, admonish him that he is doing wrong, perhaps even punish him by turning him over to the authorities! But all of this would be done out of love, towards the end that the son would change.

God is the same. He is a Father who loves us, though he hates our crimes (sins). He loves us as the people we are: creations which bear his image. Don't make the mistake of equating humans with their sins. Humans are not their sins, they are beloved creations made in the image of God.

2) Different people answer this question differently, and I am not as well versed in theology as many others whom you could ask. But my answer is this: we are not punished for the sins of our ancestors, at least not directly. Read Ezekiel 18 in its entirety. I will quote vv.18-19: 
Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them. 
According to Ezekiel, we are not punished for Adam's sin in a direct sense. What Adam's sin did was it introduced sin into the earth, and thereby introduced death. It also shattered the image in which he was made. Imagine a mirror that reflects the image of God; that is how Adam was originally made. When he sinned, it was like taking a hammer to that mirror: the image of God is still there, but it is shattered. Even if the pieces of that mirror are put back together, it will never be the same. Not until it is miraculously remade. Thus are we after Adam sinned, inheriting that broken image of God, which predisposes us to sin such that all men ultimately sin. They are not punished for the sins of their fathers, but their own, an eventuality guaranteed by Adam's sin.

As I have said, this is but one view among many, but I hope it answers your question, and I pray that you will overcome these hurdles and grow in love for our Maker and Father.

In Him,
-Nabeel


12 comments:

  1. Well said Nabeel. I currently reside in Portland, OR known for its promiscuity and rampant hedonism. I know many people, including Christians have struggled with these questions. Thanks for articulating your thoughts on these matter. The anaology makes it even more helpful as I can use it share the gosepl more powerfully.

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  2. Thank you doctor for the explanation. Many times in the Bible the word sin is a noun (name, thing, place). It is the sinful nature that Adam brought to the world and we are struggling to overcome it. The law set the standard but it is so high that none can achieve it. It is only through the grace and mercy of God that we can be redeemed by Christ Jesus.

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  3. Thanks for your comments, brothers.

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    1. Can I have your email I'd ? Thanks

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  4. Hello Nabeel Dear brother is this you real? I am really proud of you to be Christian because you truly understand the bible way, because Jesus was said clearly father and I are the same which God was whole planet and was with him. And he also says clearly that he is the life way and truth and heals the boy who had evil spirit. Dear brother again I will be maybe Diacon Gods know. I hope you saw my message also If you want to contact. There is: nattisuper2012@gmail.com

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  5. I was originality Christian but came to about 2010-2011. So I was that teen. Which I had contact with the Lord early. But also we have to thank God. HALLELUJA

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  6. Nabeel, I just finished your book a week ago & am still talking about it to others. I gave it to my godparents & they are reading it. It truly was by Providence that I came across your book. I had not heard of you or RZIM. I have since been watching videos of you & other RZIM speakers on YouTube. Your comment on 'original sin' is not just one of many views. Your comments very much reflect the teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church which is the 2nd largest branch of Christianity in the world. This teaching & not 'original sin' is what was first preached in the Church as the faith spread. I will close in saying, your book has truly made a profound effect on me. I have always been drawn to evangelism, but felt inadequate for the task. Now, with the help of others, I am finally taking steps toward spreading the knowledge & love of Christ to a world that desperately needs Him. I hope to hear you speak in person someday if your in the Atlanta area.
    Linda

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  7. Nabeel,
    I'm glad to hear your conversion story, as I am regularly witnessing to Moslems in my city and it helps to see why you have chosen to believe. I can tell you that with with the paganism the American culture is in today even those claiming to be "Christians" can persecute their children and relatives when they actually get saved. My prayer for you is that you will be able to sift through all that truly is not Christian within the Christian realm and shake out the paganism from your walk with God. I was saved about a year after you it looks like 8 years ago from an Evolutionist type background and was reached through a creation science ministry. I naively joined the IFB Church where I was brought back under the bondage of the law for about 7 years, until finally leaving. This time of trouble made me realize and understand that just about all the "churches" are putting us back under the law in some way and not following the New Testament pattern the disciples gave us. Whether it be tithing, dietary laws, paid clergy, and temple style worship, these things have been nailed to the cross,"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;" Colossians 2:14. These things are not how we see the New Testament Church gathering and I believe this is the greatest hindrance to missions,"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8. If we all met in homes after the style of the Early Church practicing the Lords Supper weekly and only using our fund towards missions and the poor we would see a greater impact on the Moslem community as well as the rest of the world.

    Prayers are with you,
    Alyssa
    "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." 3 John 1:2

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  8. I would like to invite anyone to read " The Gospel According to Spiritism".

    This work is for the use of everyone. From it we may all discover the means by which we may apply Christ's morals to our daily lives and how best to go about it. This applies very specially to Spiritists. Thanks to the relationship between man and the invisible world, which has henceforth been established on a permanent basis, the law of the Gospel which the Spirits have taught to all nations, will no longer be a matter of dead words because each one will be able to understand them and will see themselves incessantly compelled to put them into practice, according to the counselling of the Spiritual guides. These instructions coming from Spirit are really the voices from Heaven who have come to enlighten mankind and invite him to put the Gospel into practice.

    Spiritism is the new science which has come to reveal to mankind, by means of irrefutable proofs, the existence and nature of the spiritual world and its relationship with the physical world. It appears not as something supernatural, but on the contrary, as one of the living and active forces of Nature, source of an immense number of phenomena which still today are not fully understood, and because of this they are relegated to the world of fantasy and miracles. Christ alluded to this situation on several occasions and it is the reason why much of what He said remained unintelligible or has been wrongly interpreted. Spiritism offers the key by which all can easily be explained.

    To live a balanced life you must to have answers.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvBd0ARo6Zs

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  9. Nabeel i have a question for you.

    Is jesus the son of god or is he god?

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  10. How can people be born sinful that they need forgiveness? "Well let me explain brothers...you see Jesus did this this this for us blah blah blah" - when will Nabeel the nutter actually respond with something intelligent

    This Nabeel guy left Ahmadiyanity to join Christianity. He left the Indian Jesus to join the American Jesus...what a nutter.

    Let me answer the question - NO - you were born pure, and the world corrupts you. There is no logical explanation to the contrary. Christianity is full of paedo's go figure.

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  11. I have to send my write-up to only the Nabeel Qureshi on TRINITY. Can anyone, please, e-mail me his exclusive e-mail address? ghulam2014.pk@hotmail.com

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