„Love for the sinner is ominously close to love of the sin. But the love of Christ for the sinner in itself is the condemnation of sin.“

Quelle: Discipleship (1937), The Disciple and Unbelievers, p. 184.

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deutscher evangelisch-lutherischer Theologe 1906 - 1945

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„Love the sinner; like the sin.“

—  Bart Bull American journalist

Vogue, 1990

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„Hate the sin and love the sinner.“

—  Mahatma Gandhi pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948

This is variant of a traditional Christian proverb; ie: "Hate the sin, but love the sinner" in Sermons, Lectures, and Occasional Discourses (1828) Edward Irving http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=VwUeH-wTxZ8C&pg=PA132, and similar expressions date to those of Augustine of Hippo: "Love the sinner and hate the sin." Gandhi did express approval of such sentiments in his An Autobiography (1927): "Hate the sin and not the sinner" is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world.

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„Love the sinner and hate the sin.“
Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum.

—  Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430

Opera Omnia, Vol II. Col. 962, letter 211
Alternate translation: With love for mankind and hatred of sins (vices).

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„If I hate the sins, I love the sinner, and would do much for his salvation.“

—  Anne Brontë, buch The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Quelle: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Ch. XVII : Further Warnings; Helen to Mrs. Maxwell

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„Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

Quelle: Letter 99, Paragraph 13. Erika Bullmann Flores, Tr. from: <cite>Dr. Martin Luther's Saemmtliche Schriften</cite>Dr. Johann Georg Walch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Georg_Walch Ed. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, N.D.), Vol. 15, cols. 2585-2590. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/letsinsbe.txt
Kontext: If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong (sin boldly), but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter (2. Peter 3:13) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth where justice will reign.

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„My friends, look to Christ, and not to yourselves. That is what is the matter with a great many sinners; instead of looking to Christ, they are looking at the bite of sin.“

—  Dwight L. Moody American evangelist and publisher 1837 - 1899

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 391.

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„A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.“
Magna pars hominum est quae non peccatis irascitur, sed peccantibus.

—  Seneca the Younger, Moral Essays

De Ira (On Anger): Book 2, cap. 28, line 8
Moral Essays

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„A saint is a sinner who loves; it's that simple!“

—  Catherine Doherty Religious order founder; Servant of God 1896 - 1985

Attributed to Catherine Doherty in Inflamed by Love by Jean Fox

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George MacDonald Foto

„Primarily, God is not bound to punish sin; he is bound to destroy sin.
The only vengeance worth having on sin
is to make the sinner himself its executioner.“

—  George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905

From ‘’Justice’’ in Unspoken Sermons Series III (1889)
Kontext: If sin must be kept alive, then hell must be kept alive; but while I regard the smallest sin as infinitely loathsome, I do not believe that any being, never good enough to see the essential ugliness of sin, could sin so as to deserve such punishment. I am not now, however, dealing with the question of the duration of punishment, but with the idea of punishment itself; and would only say in passing, that the notion that a creature born imperfect, nay, born with impulses to evil not of his own generating, and which he could not help having, a creature to whom the true face of God was never presented, and by whom it never could have been seen, should be thus condemned, is as loathsome a lie against God as could find place in heart too undeveloped to understand what justice is, and too low to look up into the face of Jesus.

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„Once someone gave me a book of the Christians. I asked him to read it to me. It talked about nothing but sin. Sin is the only thing one hears at your Brahmo Samaj too… He who says day and night, ‘I am a sinner, I am a sinner’, verily becomes a sinner… Why should one only talk about sin and hell, and such things?“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

October 27, 1882, to Keshub Chunder Sen. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Volume 1, Madras, 1985, p. 138. Quoted from Goel, S. R. (2016). History of Hindu-Christian encounters Ch.13
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (1942)

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„All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon.“

—  Oscar Wilde, Ein idealer Gatte

Sir Robert Chiltern, Act II
Quelle: An Ideal Husband (1895)

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„They suppose that Woman's Love is Sin; in consequence all the Loves & Graces with them are Sin.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827

1780s, Annotations to Lavater (1788)

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„Whoever can feel, the love I do tell,
Would take by the heel, poor sinners from hell;
As downward they're going, to bring them above;
To sing of Christ's dying, a Heaven of love.“

—  Dorothy Ripley missionary 1767 - 1832

A Hymn From My Nativity (22 August 1819), p. 18
The Bank of Faith and Works United (1819)

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