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Just don't do it. by HarmonicSonic Just don't do it. by HarmonicSonic
This stamp goes somewhat with my last stamp, but I guess it's a little edgier.

To my fellow Christians who subscribe to this "hate the sin, love the sinner," mentality... I realize that many who hold this point of view are very loving and accepting people. That said, I have also far too often seen this little slogan misused to justify all manner of asinine comments toward people who hold slightly different views about controversial subjects like, say, abortion or homosexuality.

In the first place, the sinfulness of those actions (and other controversial things - those are just examples) has been debated for a very long time and will continue to be debated until Jesus returns. (Please don't bother commenting with "The Bible CLEARLY says..." or "God CLEARLY says...". Those comments will be ignored and hidden. If God or the Bible CLEARLY said anything on those subjects, they would not still be such a subject of debate among Christians.)

In the second place - even if these things are sinful, that doesn't mean we should be beating people over the head with it. We are commissioned by God to "make disciples of all nations". I don't know if you've noticed, but the apparent Christian obsession with sin is not making disciples of anyone. It is serving only to drive people away from God.

Besides - think about it this way: if someone truly chooses to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, they will learn to want to stop sinning, anyway, because the Holy Spirit will direct them thus. We need to let God do what He says He will do and worry about our own walk with him.

"Hate the sin, love the sinner" is better than hating the sinner, but the focus is still in the wrong place. Because we're still focusing on sin. We don't have the power to save people from sin. We need to stop trying and let God do that. Our focus ought to be on the love of Jesus, who gives us strength to turn from sin.

Thank you, $zilla774 for the template.

If you don't want me to say thank you, then don't fave it. If you accuse me of not looking at your profile, I will turn right around and accuse you of not reading the artist comments.
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ExaltGod Featured By Owner 1 day ago

Romans 12:9  
"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."

Amos 5:15  
"Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph."

Psalms 97:10  
"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked."

Proverbs 8:13  
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."
HonouNoKage Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
If your views were a girl, I'd marry her.
Judens-Joyride Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god right?! I did this fanfic for a person and some chick got all pissy at me because the couple was gay! She was btching because it wasnt aproprite to write about people like that!
Wtf???!!!! Whats the big deal? 
Agreed. I have friends on here of all sexualities, beliefs, and all walks of life. They don't beat me over the head with their beliefs, I don't beat them over the head with mine. It's not my place to judge people based on their lifestyle and I don't care to tell them they're wrong or going to hell for being a certain way.
Even if I was that type, what good would it do? Most people don't respond kindly to being told they're horrible people/going to hell for being THEM. Especially if they don't hold the same beliefs as you. Chances are they won't even listen and would think you're stupid/crazy.
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Hate the sin, love the sinner," too often seems to get used as a spiffy little loophole for hating others. I keep trying to love everyone, and it's HARD. It's an exercise that will test your patience and your endurance, it will force you to walk the road in other people's shoes even when they don't fit. It will make you marvel at what a beautiful and unfair world it is. You can't substitute real efforts at loving others for a trite phrase that lets you get around the issue: You really have to love those people, not just call your hate 'love.'

Maybe I'm not being fair to others, here, maybe my interpretation is sometimes unfounded. But it's something that's been on my mind. I like the stamp. Best wishes, and thank you.
HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's always been my thought on it - whether it's true or not, it's so often misused and abused that it just isn't a very prudent thing to say.

Thank you. :)
blueheron93 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Writer
I love you. :heart:
I know this is sudden; I know we've only known each other for a short while, but, well..
*gets on knees and pulls out ring box*
Will you marry me?
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