Can the Sin Be Separated From The Sinner?

Is it possible to separate the sin from the sinner?  See it sounds nice to say “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.” But is it possible? Yes and no. Don’t you hate answers like that? However, if you are a believer you shouldn’t.

Sin cannot be separated from a sinner.  Sin only exists in theory until there is an entity to commit sin.  God created the world and all that was in it.  He declared it was good, even then though the idea or concept of sin existed.  Remember that Christ was slain before the foundation of the world and the names were written in the Book of Life (Rev 13:8).  So the concept of sin and evil existed from the foundation of the world, otherwise there would have been no need for the slain Christ.  When Satan and his angels of darkness rebelled then sin was encompassed in a being.  When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, they became sinners.

What was cursed as a result of sin?  Sin itself was not cursed and punished, but the sinners.  Satan and his Angels were cast out of Heaven.  Adam and Eve were cursed and cast from the Garden.  Sin cannot be punished only, sinners can be punished.  Sin is not what is sent to Hell at the last day, sinners are.

Everyone would say they hate the sin of murder.  We can discuss the fine points about why murder is wrong whether based on Scripture or not.  However, when it comes down to a murder being committed murder is not what is on trial. The person who murdered is on trial. It is a person who will be punished for the sin of murder.  He is a murderer; you cannot separate the murder from the murderer.  Even after serving time in prison and “paying back society” he can be released but it will not take away the fact that he is a murderer. He can even repent, ask forgiveness and be forgiven by society yet he is still a murderer.

So where does this leave believers if God not only hates sin but also hates sinners?  Does God love us or hate us?  See even believers still sin so what is our hope? How do you reconcile that with God loved us while still sinners (Romans 5:8)?



3 thoughts on “Can the Sin Be Separated From The Sinner?

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  2. wow you have some interesting views i am currently reading Conversations with God. i was baptised at 14 but lost God for a while. qite frankly i’m confused. i’m only on the 3rd chapter but i’m determined to finish it even though it’s wierd lol!!!

    Berean Wife Reply:


    I would advise you to stay away from Conversations with God that is just the theology of a man. If you want to find God read His Word, The Bible. Only by reading God’s Word and praying that He grant you understanding will you clear up the confusion.

    Conversations with God will try to convince you that there is no judgment in the end but the Bible is clear that not only is there judgement but it is eternal.

    “There is no judgement in what you call the afterlife… there is no accounting, no one giving ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down.’ Only humans are judgemental, and because you are, you assume I AM. I cannot tell you MY truth until you stop telling ME yours.” From the movie Conversations with God

    Compare that to:

    John 5:28-29 (ESV) Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

    Jude 14-16 (ESV) … “Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

    Heb 9:27-28 (ESV) And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

    I’d advise you to read the Bible and see where you fall in judgement. Don’t bother with a book and man who denies judgement just because he doesn’t like the idea.

    Berean Wife

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