For if while being enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life
2. Scripture that says God hates ie. "God hates the wicked" or "Esau I hated".
some say Hebrew 'hate' means something like 'love less', I read something interesting concerning this from the Concordant Publishers, Esau didn't suffer from God's hate but become a big nation aswell, didn't he?
No, really the hebrew word for hate is what we would expect. What happens is people do not understand why we need to keep Hebrew and Greek separate.
H8130 sane' saw-nay'
a primitive root;
to hate (personally):--enemy, foe, (be) hate(-ful, -r), odious, X utterly.
If we look at a verse in malachi it is not talking about the human Esau to give credibility to an argument that God doesn't love everyone. Mal 1:3 yet Esau I hate. And I will make his mountains a desolation, and his allotment is for the jackals of the wilderness.
It is talking about the nature of Esau, thats why it uses references to nature here.
G3404 miseo mis-eh'-o
from a primary misos (hatred);
to detest (especially to persecute); by extension, to love less:--hate(-ful).
OK, here we have "Love less", but its not the primary use, it can be used that way but those that want to focus on terms miss what is being said in the passage.
CLV Ro 9:12 it was declared to her that "The greater shall be slaving for the inferior,"
CLV Ro 9:13 According as it is owritten~, "*Jacob I love, yet *Esau I hate."
CLV Ro 9:14 *What, then, shall we be declaring? Not that there is injustice besidewith *God? May it not be becomingcoming~ to that!
CLV Ro 9:15 For to *Moses He is saying, "I shall be |merciful to whomever I may be |merciful, and I shall be pitying whomever I may be pitying."
CLV Ro 9:16 Consequently, then, it is not of him *who is willing, nor of him *who is racing, but of *God, the |Merciful.According as it is written
This should be taken as the meaning being conveyed from the old testament.
To me it's simple. God does what he does and whether it appears to us to be loving, that is the goal, that is the result. LOVE GOD THE MERCIFUL..
I cannot be convinced that "God the Merciful" hates in a fashion that will cause or allow the "eternal" suffering of anyone.
People can work out the temporary however they deem fitting.