There is No Message of Hate in the Bible. God is Love
. This is the underlying theme of the Scriptures. The question about 'Hating the Devil' cannot be asked without putting an Emphasis
, but since it is not in line with the Biblical Theme of Love, if we must answer, then the emphasis must be placed on The Devil, e.g. On the Subject and not the Object.
God Hates Sin, but loves all sinners. The Devil is the Father of Falsehood! We are the Fathers of Sin! He deceived us, our Adversary, the Mother of Deception, and we fell into Sin, which is our opposition to God in disobedience to His Purpose.“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address - along the same line of courage, we must also say 'The Only Thing We Have to Hate Is Hate Itself'.
If there is any substance to a 'YES' to 'Hate', it is in the Hatred of Sin; this is OUR SIN, which is our guilt, and our lot in God's Judgment of Death as our Penalty of Sin. We must qualify hatred and strive to be perfect like our Father in Heaven, the Father of Love, and to be in a constant Hatred of Sin
, but also in a constant Love of the Perpetrator. And who is the Perpetrator here? Satan?! Nay, but I, a mere mortal, Man!!!
So then we are to Hate Sin, and Love the Sinner. And who is the Sinner, in opposition to God? In disobedience to God? Satan?! Nay, for Satan has no free will, cannot in his nature disobey God or even stand in opposition to God! The Sinner is Man, ever free to stand against God! However, thanks be to God, for Christ, for the Blood of the Lamb, in which we are to live and prevail to live out of Sin, through the Holy Spirit, our Comforter; and by receiving the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, know no hate, experience no hate, and be free of this Satanic Vice, forever and evermore!
Jesus asked us to love our enemies, and certainly Satan is our greatest enemy, and do good to all those who persecute us. "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 ESV)
In the Arguments for No, by swfdoc1, the above is only to be used between humans, and have nothing to do with Satan. But I disagree, based on the Totality of Love as the Foundation of the True Christian Message, that encompass all in all, leading us to be an Instrument of Love, against all the powers of darkness and deception. Nevertheless, I must be aware of the tendency of my argument, that I may in my total opposition of Hatred, be a promoter to Love, even the source of all hatred and anger, Satan himself.
Let's make it clear: Satan has nothing to do with my Fall from Grace, but in his nature of deception, tempting us to disobey God, whereas he takes pleasure in our opposition to Our Creator, bringing evidence against God, and standing in judgment with God, humiliating Him, ever laughing, ever sarcastic, ever excited to prove God's creation of Man, to be the laughing stock of all His Creation.
Therefore, my enmity with Satan is not that of Hatred but that of Opposition, e.g. That I must oppose Satan, and not God, and I must defeat his purpose, and not that of God, and in doing so, I must Love God, and have nothing to do with Satan, not in love and also not in hatred!
I am sure 'to resist evil with good' and not to hate, will drive the Devil out, will repel him, will increase his shame, and burn him ever eternally in his hatred, and particularly, in his self hatred!
1- What is supposed to be our general attitude toward Satan?
2- Are we supposed to hate him?
3- Are we specifically directed to do so in the Bible?
1- As a matter of attitude, we as Christians, are baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire, new creatures of God's Redemption, elevated to a life in the Spirit and reinstituted to our Prior to the Fall Natural State. Such an attitude is an attitude of Grace and Thanksgiving, and in that it is an attitude of Forgiveness and Humility. If there should be an attitude towards Satan, it should be the same attitude that Jesus showed us in His Testament: And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you." But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." (Matthew 16:22, 23 ESV) - It is not an attitude of confrontation, but that of Resistance, not that of acquiescence, but rather that of Opposition. By setting our minds on the things of God, we become a facilitator of God's Purpose, and not a hindrance to Him.
2- As to Hatred, No! Neither of Satan nor of Man!
We may hate things, an evil work, works of inequity, torture, enslavement, and most surely hatred as a a way of life. Don't even go there by asking about love in relation to Satan, for it is written: And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV) LOVE is exclusively God's, and of Our Neighbor as ourselves as a second.
3- Are we directed? In the Bible? To Hate the Devil? The Holy Bible is a book of Holiness, Sacred Knowledge, of Love and Forebearance, of God's Laws and Instructions, Wisdom and Salvation, of doing Good and refraining from evil, of Positive Teachings, and it does not direct us to Hate. I did not search the Bible, ever to find any evidence of any direction about our relationship with the Devil. Therefore, I venture to say No, we are not directed to hate the Devil in the Holy Bible.
I say it only through my Christian conviction, that our relationship is with God, for God, and by God; never it is about a relationship with the Tempter, and thus there should be nothing in the Holy Bible to teach me about Satan, but that which is To Resist All Evil, With Good!
There is no place for Satan in the Bible. Cursed he shall remain, cursed is he and his domain, and cursed is he, an outcast, into his own deception, defeated and scorned, to the depth of his kingdom of hate!