“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I HATED.” – apostle Paul (Romans 9:13, KJV)
“If any man come to Me, and HATE not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 14:26, KJV)
What is the Meaning of the Word “HATE” when “God Speaks it” (as quoted in both Romans 9:13 & Luke 14:26 to mean the SAME INSPIRED KOINE GREEK WORD, – “Number 3404 – MISEO”, as shown in Images attached)?
It means “LOVE LESS” as in Luke 14:26 it’s applied to a ‘father even’.
Thus the only Rational Meaning Regarding God’s HATE quoting from the Old Testament but only understood accurately in these Inspired New Testament Verses is (Let Scripture interpret Scripture) -> “LOVE LESS”.
So, what’s the “Difference”?
Those who are “HATED” (or “LOVED LESS by God” due to ‘their own sins & disobedience’) will undergo “afterlife Judgment” (Hebrews 9:27) till the “last penny” (Matthew 5:26, Luke 12:59) before “Mercy Triumphs over it ending it” (James 2:13) as it is “Promised to all” eventually (Romans 11:32), yes in the “Context of all men, especially believers” (1 Timothy 4:10, Matthew 5:19) where ‘believers are more special since they do NOT come under any afterlife Judgment as part of the reward of their faith’ (John 5:24).
“God is Love” & Truly Good All the Time since His “Hate” is “Love Less” & ‘not absent of Love as popularly erred in some theologies’ against what is “literally Written in Verses above using the SAME GREEK WORD by the SAME GOD”:
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” – apostle John (1 John 4:8, NASB)
Peace to you
P/S: Did First Christianity have the Same Understanding regarding “God’s Righteous Wrath and Judgment?”
Yes. Please consider the two posts below for further edification regarding this:
(i) First Christianity – Last Penny Interpretation
(ii) First Christianity – God’s Wrath, “I never knew you” & “not enter My Rest” Meaning
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
(iii) First Christianity – How did they understand the Meaning of the phrase “Sons of the Devil?”
- a) St. Irenaeous of Lyons
“For as, among men, those sons who DISOBEY their fathers, being DISINHERITED, are STILL THEIR SONS in the course of NATURE, but by LAW are DISINHERITED, for they do NOT become the HEIRS of their natural parents; so in the SAME WAY is it with God,-those who do NOT OBEY Him being DISINHERITED by Him, have CEASED to be His sons. Wherefore they CANNOT RECEIVE His INHERITANCE…” (Irenaeous, ‘Against Heresies’, Book 4, Chapter XLI, Point 3)
The Context in which Holy Scripture is clear as Irenaeous implies the Paternal Love of the Father that ALL are HIS SONS due to being CREATED by HIM, hence HIS CHILDREN.
However, in regards to ‘obedience and doctrine’, the ‘sons of the Devil are those who disobey and hence do NOT inherit His Kingdom’ (1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10, e.g. may just ‘enter only’ to live in some OUTSIDE permitted regions of the ‘kingdom of the heavens’ and NOT the heavens, please take note ‘carefully’, being the ‘least’ due to Command-Breaking Matthew 5:19) vs in Contrast, ‘His Sons of obedience & doctrine’ INHERIT His Kingdom (e.g. highest positions such as KING & PRIESTS too, Revelation 1:6, Ephesians 3:6 and beyond!, 1 Corinthians 2:9 being the ‘Great’ in His Kingdom of the Heavens too, Matthew 5:19).
- b) St. Justin Martyr
Justin Martyr affirms this Truth of Salvation toward ALL MEN eventually – both the righteous and the wicked
” did the Saviour come, as He says, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Since, then, the flesh has been proved to be valuable in the sight of God, and glorious above all His works, it would very justly be saved by Him. We must meet, therefore, those who say, that even though it be the special handiwork of God, and beyond all else valued by Him, it would not immediately follow that it has the promise of the resurrection.
Yet is it not absurd, that that which has been produced with such circumstance, and which is beyond all else valuable, should be so neglected by its Maker, as to pass to nonentity? Then the sculptor and painter, if they wish the works they have made to endure, that they may win glory by them, renew them when they begin to decay; but God would so neglect His own possession and work, that it becomes annihilated, and no longer exists. Should we not call this labour in vain? As if a man who has built a house should forthwith destroy it, or should neglect it, though he sees it falling into decay, and is able to repair it: we would blame him for labouring in vain; and should we not so blame God? But not such an one is the Incorruptible,–not senseless is the Intelligence of the universe. Let the unbelieving be silent, even though they themselves do not believe.
But, in truth, He has even called the flesh to the resurrection, and promises to it everlasting life. For where He promises to save man, there He gives the promise to the flesh. For what is man but the reasonable animal composed of body and soul? Is the soul by itself man? No; but the soul of man. Would the body be called man? No, but it is called the body of man. If, then, neither of these is by itself man, but that which is made up of the two together is called man, and God has called man to life and resurrection, He has called not a part, but the whole, which is the soul and the body.
For it had its salvation from itself; so that in saving the soul, God does no great thing. For to be saved is its natural destiny, because it is a part of Himself, being His inspiration. But no thanks are due to one who saves what is his own; for this is to save himself. For he who saves a part himself, saves himself by his own means, lest he become defective in that part; and this is not the act of a good man. For not even when a man does good to his children and offspring, does one call him a good man; for even the most savage of the wild beasts do so, and indeed willingly endure death, if need be, for the sake of their cubs. But if a man were to perform the same acts in behalf of his slaves, that man would justly be called good. Wherefore the Saviour also taught us to love our enemies, since, says He, what thank have ye? So that He has shown us that it is a good work not only to love those that are begotten of Him, but also those that are without. And what He enjoins upon us, He Himself first of all does.” (St. Justin Martyr, CHAPTER VIII.–DOES THE BODY CAUSE THE SOUL TO SIN? FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST WORK OF JUSTIN ON THE RESURRECTION)
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