Zitat der Woche: Hasst Gott Sünder?

Hasst Gott Sünder? David Platt hat diese Frage sorgfältig beantwortet:

Concerned church members started asking me, “Pastor, do you believe that God hates sinners?” People in the city e-mailed me, not so kindly, saying, “You’re preaching hatred in that church and all over our city.” This is one of those places where I found myself in a bit of trouble for quoting the Bible. Does God hate sinners? Listen closely to Psalm 5:5-6: “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.” Wow. Maybe I shouldn’t have said God hates sinners. Maybe I should have said that he abhors and destroys them. This is not an isolated statement in Scripture. Fourteen times in the first fifty psalms alone we read of God’s hatred toward the sinner, his wrath toward the liar, and so on. And the Old Testament doesn’t stand alone on this. In John 3—that chapter where we have one of the most famous verses about God’s love (John 3:16)—we also have one of the most neglected verses about God’s wrath (John 3:36): “Whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” So all of this raises the question, Is it really true that God hates the sin but loves the sinner? Well, yes, of course, in one sense, but not completely.

… we must be careful not to lean on comfortable clichés that rob the cross of its meaning. The startling reality of Scripture is clear: we are sinners. In the words of Isaiah, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray.” Meanwhile, God is holy, possessing righteous wrath toward sin and sinners alike. Yet God is also merciful, possessing holy love toward sinners. So how can God show both righteous wrath and holy love toward sinners at the same time? This is the climactic question of the Bible, and the answer is the cross of Christ. At the cross of Christ, God shows the full expression of both his wrath and his love, as Jesus is stricken, smitten, afflicted, wounded, crushed, and chastised for the sake of sinners.

Die Antwort:

Does God hate sinners? Absolutely. Look at the cross. Jesus is enduring what we are due. Does God love sinners? Absolutely. Look at the cross. Jesus is saving us from all we are due.

David Platt. Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. Tyndale: Carol Stream, 2013. S. 41-42.