Unbelievers Hate God
Your first thought might be that nobody really hates God. Surprising as it might be to you, the Bible says they do. Perhaps that shocking truth will help us see their desperate condition and ours when we disobey Him.
Proverbs 8:36: But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Deuteronomy 7:9-10: Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
Deuteronomy 32:41: If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.Exodus 20:5-6: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Sometimes hatred of God is passive and sometimes it is active. Doing nothing for the Lord proves hatred for Him just as fully as fighting against Him.
Matthew 12:30: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
John 14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.
The evidence that men love God is obedience. The evidence that men hate God is apathy toward Him as well as disobedience of Him. There are many evil things that haters of God do. The first thing on one list of their evils is that they simply to not want to know about Him.Romans 1:28-32: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.