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7 Reasons I Worship a Hateful God

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I worship a god of hate.

That’s right, my god hates. He’s full of it. He hates every day. There’s not a single second of the day when he’s not hating.

In fact, my god probably hates more than your god.

That’s why I’m teaching my children to hate. I want them to hate so much that it drives them to action. I want people to be affected by all the hate they have built up inside.

I didn’t always feel this way. For a time, I taught my children never to use that word. But now I’m bringing it back. I’m teaching my children to hate as early as I possibly can.

My hateful god has been described by zoologist Richard Dawkins as:

“. . .a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasichstic, capriciously malevolent bully.”1

Well, none of that is true. But at least he’s hateful.

Here are seven things God hates written in Proverbs 6:16-19:

  • Haughty eyes
  • A lying tongue
  • Hands that shed innocent blood
  • A heart that devises wicked schemes
  • Feet that are quick to rush into evil
  • A false witness who pours out lies
  • A man who stirs up dissension among brothers

God’s hate for these things drove him to the greatest act of love in the history of the world. I hope that one day, I, and my children, will be capable of that kind of hate.

Maybe then we’ll be capable of that kind of love.


1 Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (New York: Houghton Miffilin, 2006), 51.

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About Jason B. Ladd

Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.

11 Replies

  1. Angel

    Interesting. This past season has perhaps been one of the most difficult for my family, and I’ve found myself hating the world and hating the evil in the world. At the same time, I realize I am such a hypocrite. Therein lies the beautiful conundrum and I find myself back in a place where I am thankful for His prefect love.

    Maybe, completely unrelated, but recently after reading the old testament, I decided I am for war. Yes, war is hell, but war is necessary, as is His grace and mercy.

    1. Thanks for that revelation, Angel. A very heavy topic and one that deserves the kind of reflection you have given.

      1. Angel

        I love proverbs! After marrying my husband, who was spec ops combat medic, I’ve gained new insight into Psalms and the heart of David. He was a warrior and his warrior heart shines through in his psalms. Perhaps, seeing proverbs written by the son of a Warrior, changes the lens we read it through as well.

        1. Well said, and thank you for all yoru service!

  2. I worship a hateful God too, but I am thankful that even though he hates the acts of sin he loves me.

  3. Binge Thinker writes:
    “Are you willing to bring atheists to Jesus? If so, please read my post. I have asked Christians for many years…but have yet to get a clear answer that addresses the issue. Even if it were revelaed to me that the Christian God exists, I still face the inherent problem that I have addressed in my post…which no one can seem to reconcile. But I will give you an opporutnity, since you seem to be genuinely concerned with bringing people to Jesus.” https://bingethinker4.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/help-me-understand-god/

    1. Thanks for the comment. I love your blog title. I may have to start throwing that term around. Allow me to re-phrase your question slightly. Let back up by tabling the question of the reason God would send people to hell, and start with the question of whether he would send anybody to hell in the first place.

      The phrasing of your question is important. I will raise issue with your question in the first sentence, which references God “sending” people to hell. Christians believe that hell is eternal separation from God, and it lasts for eternity, and is assumed to be the worst condition imaginable.

      Christians believe that hell is a necessary condition for God to actualize two of the greatest possible goods: free will and ultimate justice. Christians believe that everyone with a will disposed to accepting the truths of God will accept them in response to his revelations (special and general, see Romans 1).

      People cannot be forced to accept God and be with him in heaven; that would violate their free will. People hostile to God with hearts hardened and consciences seared to the point where they will never accept his truths would not want to spend an eternity with him in heaven.

      In other words, God doesn’t send anybody to hell. We choose hell. We send ourselves. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.”

      God desires all people be with him in eternity, but he will not violate their free will to get them there. Once God makes impositions on the human heart, our ability to freely love disappears altogether.

      Here is 8 minutes worth listening to by a man who can speak much more eloquently than I. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bpMSP-jWoH0

      I wish you the best.

  4. Jason, I love the way you word things with a twist. I was so anxious to read this one – what a provocative title! God is love, and it grieves my heart to hear Him explained as hateful. But then, it seems to be human nature to vilify what we fear or is beyond our comprehension.
    I prefer to acknowledge an Intelligent Designer, knowing I cannot answer all of life’s difficult questions, with the clear conviction and assurance of my own experience that He speaks to me, walks with me and answers my prayers in His own way.

    1. I love the way you put that. It reminds of how God has given us enough reason and evidence in the things we can explain, to be able to trust in the things we cannot.

      1. Absolutely. And you put it more clearly than I did. 😉