Thomas Watson says:
“Sin is the only thing God has an antipathy against. God does not hate a man because he poor, or despised in the world, as you do not despise your friend because he is sick; but that which draws forth the keenness of God’s hatred is sin: ‘this abominable thing that I hate’.”
Which makes it all the more amazing that he would devise a way of dealing with sin – putting it out of the way so that there could be reconciliation between himself and sinners. The God who hates sin saves sinners.
[Incidentally, I’m still intending to get back to the previous discussion, but can’t make any promises as to when. It’s coming up to that time of year again, so the blog will probably have to take a back seat for a while.]