Consider this a topic discussing the nature of evil. You could also consider it a "validation" of the phrase "hate the sin, love the sinner." Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Romans 12:9 tells us to abhor (hate) that which is evil. Psalm 139:21 would seem to be an example of David, the beloved of God, hating those that hate God (sin willfully and knowingly). So can we honestly make the conclusion that we are to actually hate sinners? Homosexuals? Murderers? Thieves? etc., etc.? My personal belief is no, this is a mistaken conclusion. Now, we could throw scripture back and forth, and people would still stand firm on their beliefs (as evidenced by a recent thread, where I stated I was at the point of banging my head against a wall). So the challenge here is: Evil--is it what we are, or what we do? Are we defined by what we do? In other words, does what we do make us what we are? And, of course, where does our sin nature fall into all of this?