However, God is also perfectly true, righteous, and holy; therefore, He must hate evil, which is the opposite of everything God is. You may have heard that “God hates sin but loves the sinner.” People who use this phrase generally mean well, but it is an oversimplification of the truth and leads to misunderstanding. The fear of the Lord (God) is to hate evil; I hate pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13). There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:8).