Anytime I’m asked about God, the first thing I need to clarify is “Which God are you asking about?”
Often I get a “quote from the bible” thrown at me as proof that God hates people…or some specific people, race, gender, or sexual orientation.
The God I worship hates NO PERSON.
Reading and understanding the Bible requires a relationship with the author. Some things are easy to understand, other things are more difficult.
You do not need an interpreter, as some think, but it does take work to understand parts of it.
Finding a trustworthy source of help to understand certain parts is valuable…but difficult because there are so many false teachers out there.
I can tell you with absolute confidence that God loves us all deeply.
In fact, God loves everybody so much that he fulfilled his own penalty of death for all people, for all time:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
So, the only work left for us to do is to believe that Christ exists, he has come to earth already, and he paid the price by dying on the cross 200 years ago once for all time – and to share that news with others.
God does NOT hate you.
God simply wants you to admit you have stepped outside His will for you (admit that you are a sinner), to believe in your heart that Christ died for you, and that you are faithful to share this message (called “the gospel”) with others.
God loves you enough to give you heaven for all eternity. You can’t earn your way to heaven, you go to Christ because he earned it for you.