9. I have often heard that God hates sin but not the sinner; is that true?



No, that’s not true. For the Scripture states not only that God hates sin as God Himself says: “For I the Lord …. Hate robbery and iniquity” (Isaiah 61:8 – NIV) and also: “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD” (Zechariah 8:16-17), but also that God hates the wicked, as it is written: “The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man” (Psalm 5:6 – NKJV) and also: “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Nevertheless, it must be said that the Scripture states also that while we were yet sinners God loved us, for Paul says to the Ephesians: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7), and to the saints in Rome: “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).