Stephen Beecroft wrote:
Then I suggest the scriptures also "mix up" these two concepts, because
divine blessings are consistently represented as an indication of God's
love, while divine cursings or divine deafness evidences God's
disinclination toward or hatred of a people.

As you no doubt already know, Stephen, I agree with you on the matter of whether or not God's love is "unconditional." However, I went looking for some scriptural evidence that God ever hates any of his children, and my cursory survey did not turn up anything. Am I missing something? Surely God hates wickedness, but does he hate the wicked? He hates sin, but does he hate sinners? Perhaps you could point me to some scripture where the object of God's hatred---and yes I do believe in a God who hates---is a person rather than a concept or behavior.

"The study of the doctrines of the Gospel will improve
behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve
behavior." --Boyd K. Packer
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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