“I hate…” has become perhaps one of the most common utterances used by men and women in today’s society.  It has become especially en vogue, recently, to apply these sentiments toward people who do not share our belief systems (political, social, religious, etc.). This is a great failing on our part as a society,  that we have allowed “hate” to flourish in the garden of our hearts.  Now, I understand that most people say “I hate” and they really mean “I really, really, don’t like” but giving voice to hate gives it life.  We as good men and good Catholics must banish hate, not only from our hearts but from our vocabulary.

Now I can already hear it coming “But I don’t hate people, I hate the ideas, ideals, or choices that people make.”  Well, stop it.  Instead of feeling hatred at ideas, actions, or people, try feeling pity or empathy. I believe all the anger and hatred in our nation could easily be diffused if we took the time to see why others don’t agree with us (this in no way means we must change or soften our beliefs).  I do not hate pro/anti-abortion, pro/anti-gay marriage, pro/anti-feminist, pro/anti-immigration, etc, etc., but rather I feel immense pity for those who do not share in the Truth shared by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I am also not saying we need to apologize for having the beliefs that we do.

The real crux of this article is this: God is Love.  God defeats The Enemy with Love.  Hate is the weapon of Satan, not against your enemies, but against you.  It was not hatred that caused the Sacrifice of Calvary, but Love.  When we give in to hate, we give in to Satan.  If God is Love (and He is), and we are made in his Divine Image, should we allow ourselves to hate? No, we shouldn’t.  I dislike many things, even some people are hard to deal with, but I don’t hate any of them.  We should pray for our enemies, pray for our families, pray for our own salvation, but prayer alone will change nothing if we do not actively seek to love and understand one another.  Hatred is the antithesis of Love.  You can never truly love anything if you hold hate in your heart, it blinds you to reason, 1 John 2:11 “But he that hates his brother, is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” Hatred is like a heavy chain in your hands dragging you down to the bottom of a dark pool, all you have to do is let it go and you can breathe easy once more. If you feel that you are unable to give up your hate, ask God to help free you from the self-imposed darkness you’re living in and to free those who hate you as well. God Bless and keep you.

Written by: Zachary Swinehart

  • Phil Alcoceli

    Satan’s most favorite and most powerful weapon is False Charity. No other of the Satanic Weapons compares in efficacy, consistency and power to deceive even those more intellectually intelligent and “spiritual” than you and me. This False Charity is blind and totally lacks discernment and uses even the Bible to very intensely arouse our emotions/feelings (the key to its power) in order to convince us to accept this Very Extreme Impostor of True Charity, the very one Jesus used to kick the evil merchants out of the Temple twice (confirmed by Bible scholars as such and not just repetition). Intellectual Intelligence is easily deceived by this but not True Wisdom which is like a laser cutting through the emotional deception and sentimental intoxication. That’s why the Bible basically ignores the first and very heavily promotes the second. Like my late dad used to say, the more intelligent you are (he was a great fan of true education), the bigger your head becomes and the bigger the risk of tipping over, so you absolutely need God’s Wisdom.

    It is False Charity, pop psychology, liberalism, New Age, etc. and Satan behind it all, that came with the idea of never, ever, ever hating (while promoting very obvious serious discrimination and hatred for Christianity exclusively). Jesus main mission was to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8). He came as a warrior not as some sort of pacifism-at-all-costs figure. It is both Blind False Charity and Blind Absolute Pacifism (extremist “love”) that has opened wide doors to the ever-increasing evil of the Anti-Culture of Death and made us willing enablers and accomplices of it. Should we hate our enemies? Nah! Too much energy wasted there. The Bible says in Proverbs 8;13, “To fear the Lord is to hate evil”. In Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things the Lord hates…” To say that we should not hate evil ideas, deception, sin, etc. is false, anti-Biblical and anti-Jesus. When Jesus called his top disciple; “Satan”, kicked out the evil merchants, etc. was He using just figurative poetry, psychology and a “meditative” approach on his voice and face? No!! He would have been laughed out of town as a ridiculous charlatan and He would have never, ever, ever been crucified. He would have been a generic sage clown and not the Savior of the World.