1 John 3:15 "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "hate" in this manner: "intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury... or extreme dislike or antipathy ."The following verse defines hate this way:
John 3:20 "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."Let us see if the secular definition agrees with the theological.
Scripture equivocates light and truth. (John 3:21). Furthermore God is light (1 John 1:5).
Therefore John 3:20 indicates that those who do evil hate God! Those who love God are to obey his commandments (John 14:15). There are two commands: 1) love God and 2) love others (Matthew 22:36-40).
Loving others is God's will for us. We demonstrate to God our love by loving others. We can't be selective. We must even love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
So from John 3:20, hate is failure to do God's will since evil is to neglect God. Even those apathetic to God do evil and hate God. Since hate is failure to please God, then hate is the mere absence of love. There need not be intense feelings nor antipathy, but even apathy toward God and others is hate.
When Christians neglect telling others about God and his hope, it's apathy. Because apathy is not loving, there are no in-betweens. Apathy is "hate" because lost souls are damned forever. Their very soul is murdered! In order to love we must care about the eternal well-being of others! Neglecting even the souls of so-called loved ones, is hate, because the epitome of evil is sacrificing another human being to eternal damnation.
Hate is too often associated with hostility, aversion, dislike and antipathy. Hate is in fact failure to do God's will; to love others as ourselves (Matthew 22:39).
I have Christian brothers and sisters who fail to love me, let alone as they do themselves! This lack of love, although it is antipathy, is evil because it's not God's will. Their apathy toward me is hateful and as such I am murdered by those who claim to love God, but don't bother loving this brother, let alone their enemies.
Fellow Christians who are merely cordial to me are haters because of their lack of love. Even those who care little for me are apathetic, and as such are haters in God's eyes!
If one hates a brother (that's me) they are a murderer and as such can never be rewarded with eternal life. Haters go to hell because that's where murderers belong.
I used me as an example because I know of some fellow Christians who merely tolerate my presence. This applies to you as well because I am not special in any manner. If you are a Christian there are brothers who hate you through failure to be friends. As such you are murdered by your fellow Christians.
When feuds continue in the church, antipathy causes discord. The Holy Ghost won't be present when there is discord because discord fails to demonstrate love and lack of love is hateful. When discord is in the church those in the pews are likened unto murders. They kill their fellow Christians because of self-pride. Rather than sacrificing their own pride they sacrifice others. That's hateful!
People don't get blessed at church because when hate is there, the Spirit is not! The Spirit of Jesus chooses not to associate with murderers who fail to love others. Just as loving others is the second greatest commandment, failing to love others is the second greatest sin. Failure to love others results in the greatest sin; hating God. Therefore, when one hates his neighbor and refuses to obey God, he is evil and as such hates God. Because of that disobedience the brother or sister in effect murders God!
I can face fellow Christians who kill me, but those who murder me, are attempting to kill God.
You see, hate is not necessarily despising, but not caring enough to befriend! He who is no friend of mine is no friend of God. Those who murder me by their hate in essence attempt to murder God. They can kill me, but God is eternal. Punishment for attempting to kill God is eternal as well!