The simple answer is that God cannot tolerate sin because he loves. God is holy and righteous. His holiness means that he is absolutely separate from all evil and sin. He cannot tolerate sin because it is rebellion against him. His righteousness means that all that he does is right. By definition, if God approved of an action, then it would be righteous. God cannot tolerate sin because sin ultimately separates man from being in his presence.
The toleration of sin is an act of hate, not love, because sin leads to death and judgment.
God’s love requires that he hate sin. God’s love also provided the solution to sin in the person and work of Jesus Christ, God the Son.
In Jesus Christ, God condemned sin, paid the redemption price for all of his people, and provided the righteousness of Christ to all who believe in him.
This means that those who repent of their sin and believe in Christ will be members of God’s family, not simply tolerated! What a great and loving God we serve.
Carlton Weathers,17th Street Missionary Baptist Church, Anniston
Question is not a question
The question: “If God is so loving, why is He so intolerant of sin” is like asking me: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” Moreover, your “question” is not a “question” but an assumption and the question answers itself — the assumption in the question is that God is intolerant of sin. And since I believe the assumption is erroneous, I cannot answer the “question.”
David Baylinson, Temple Beth El, Anniston