Abominations: You Could Be Committing One Right Now, Even if You’re Not Gay

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In response to the article I posted today describing a couple of innovative and important proposals for saving the institution of marriage — criminalizing adultery and de-licensing marriages that do not produce children — a Christian conservative wrote a rather lengthy response that caught my attention.

If you have mowed the lawn, stopped by the office or baked a cake on Sunday, you are as big an abominator as the gayest person on the planet. Your earthly punishment is death and your cosmic penalty is eternal damnation.

It would have been interesting to hear what a right-wing Christian thought about a tight clampdown on the rules related to marriage. Instead, as is typical of the Limbaugh-Hannity-O’Reilly-trained mind, this writer focused on the style of my article (my questionable wordsmithing), railed fantastical charges against “the Left” and offered wild suppositions about what I don’t know — but never got around to addressing the substance: locking up adulterers and annulling non-procreative marriages.

But this bit of Dittohead bombast made me chuckle:

The piece is also filled with fallacies, and I give the writer (and most activists) the benefit of the doubt in that they don’t read the Bible, and that they have been spoonfed the lies about what it contains and base it off of stereotypes instead of lying themselves. “In fact, there is nothing of any consequence about gay sex in either Testament.” Oh really? Ever read Leviticus? Probably not.

Leaving aside the fact that I am not an “activist” (and calling me one insults those who are), as it happens, I am extremely familiar with the contents of the Bible, especially Leviticus, and especially the part of Leviticus that says being gay is an abomination unto the Lord:

Leviticus 18:22: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

Yup, and since “lying with” is Bible code for “having sex,” I’m in deep shit. But as bad as this is, a couple of lines down it gets worse — much worse:

Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.”

What? No boiling in oil?

Yes, the biblical sentence for being gay is the death penalty. It is unambiguously clear. Gay people must be killed on sight, and their corpses are to be drenched in their own blood.

It says so in the Bible.

Which brings us to the tricky part. If you believe the Bible, and you believe that gay people are doomed to hell because of this edict in Leviticus, then you also have to believe gay people should be executed on the public square. If you don’t believe all those things, then why bother believing any of them?

The experience of human spirituality might well remain constant from millennium to millennium, but it is impossible to take seriously today judgments made by desert nomads 5,000 years ago about food storage, apparel, animal sacrifices, women’s rights and human sexuality. Our understanding of these things has changed radically — is still changing. What we know now renders the attitude of nomads in 3,000 BCE to be, well, inconsequential.

But Enough about Me

So let’s talk about you for a moment, dear reader. You may be thinking, “He’s just tap dancing around the issue to excuse his immoral lifestyle choice. I’m not gay so I’m going to be fine.”

Sorry. Even if you are as “completely heterosexual” as Rev. Ted Haggard, you are not off the hook, abominations-wise.

Sadly, dear reader, you have undoubtedly committed abomination-class sins in your life — maybe as recently as at lunchtime. Maybe even at this very moment. In fact, you could be committing an abomination-class sin as you are reading these words — without even knowing it.

Worse news: ignorance is no excuse. You have committed sins that are equally as bad, equivalently as offensive to the Lord, as anything any gay person has ever done. And you are going to hell in the very same handbasket.

So before you judge me and deny me the right to marry the man I love and have lived with for 28 years, let’s examine your sins more closely.

But first, let’s define our terms.

What Is an Abomination?

“Abomination” is a class of sins for which the ultimate punishment is being barred from heaven:

Revelation: 21:27: Anyone who practices abomination will not enter Heaven.

(By the way, this is one of only two mentions of abominations in the New Testament. The other is by the Big Guy himself. In Luke 16:15, Jesus defines the love of money as an abomination to God. Live it up now, Mr. Trump.)

While few abominations invoke the death penalty, gay-on-gay action is not the only one. Here’s my favorite:

Exodus 35:2: Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

Not much wiggle room on this one. If you have mowed the lawn, stopped by the office or baked a cake on Sunday, you are as big a sinner as the gayest person on the planet. Your earthly punishment is death and your cosmic penalty is eternal damnation.

So, hey — I’ll see you in hell.

Which of These Abominations Have You Committed?

There are close to 70 abominations listed in the Bible. Here are a few that you may have engaged in:

Abomination: Eating Ham

Deuteronomy 14:8: “The pig also because it is a splitter of the hoof but there is no cud. It is unclean for you. None of their flesh must you eat and carcass you must not touch.”

The Bible says that if you have eaten ham, you are just as bad a sinner, just as hellbound, as any homo.

Abomination: Eating Any Seafood Other Than Fish — and Birds You Probably Wouldn’t Eat Anyway

Leviticus 11:10-19: “But anything in the seas or the rivers that has not fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is an abomination to you. They shall remain an abomination to you; of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall have in abomination. Everything in the waters that has not fins and scales is an abomination to you.”

The Bible says that eating lobster, shrimp, clams, eel, squid or octopus is equally as heinous as being gay. If you have eaten any of these things, you are going to hell alongside us homos.

“And these you shall have in abomination among the birds, they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the osprey, the kite, the falcon according to its kind, every raven according to its kind, the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk according to its kind, the owl, the cormorant, the ibis, the water hen, the pelican, the carrion vulture, the stork, the heron according to its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.”

Good news: Parrots are okay to eat and, if you enjoy bat meat, there appears to be a loophole. Bats are mammals not birds.

Abomination: Eating Leftovers

Leviticus 19:7: “If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination.”

The Bible says that eating three-day-old leftovers and being gay are equivalent sins.

Abomination: Eating Snakes and Crawly Critters

Leviticus 11:42: “Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, all the swarming things that swarm upon the earth, you shall not eat; for they are an abomination.”

Abomination: Eating Sacrificed Animals

Leviticus 7:18: If any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering is eaten on the third day, he who offers it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be credited to him; it shall be an abomination, and he who eats of it shall bear his iniquity.

No worries for you here, I hope.

Abomination: Having a Psychic Reading or Checking Your Horoscope

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “When you come into the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practices divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD; and because of these abominable practices the LORD your God is driving them out before you.”

Abomination: Burning Incense

Isaiah 1:13: Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.

Sorry, Catholics.

Abomination: Cheating at Business

Deuteronomy 25:13-16: “You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and just weight you shall have, a full and just measure you shall have; that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the LORD your God.”

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance [scale] is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight.

Abomination: Women Wearing Pants, Men Dressing in Drag

Deuteronomy 22:5: “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.”

Yes, ladies, if you wear jeans, it is an abomination equal to the sin of being a drag queen.

Abominations: Haughtiness, Lying, Killing the Innocent, Wicked Scheming, Seeking out Evil and Troublemaking

Proverbs 6:16-19: There are six things which the LORD hates, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers.

Can’t help but think that George W. Bush is in a heap of trouble on this one.

Abomination: Arrogance

Proverbs 16:5: Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.

Summary

We’re all going to hell.

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I chuckled at the suggestion that I didn’t know Leviticus because only someone who truly does not know what Leviticus says in full would have made the suggestion.The issue of abominations is a booby trap for Bible believers.

If you believe being gay is such a horrible sin that it disqualifies gay people from having equal civil rights, then you cannot say you don’t equally believe that homos should be rounded up and gassed.

You must also accept the fact that people who eat shellfish, women who wear pants, kids who eat leftovers, businesspeople who cheat, frequenters of psychics, liars, stuck-up people, schemers, troublemakers, the wealthy and others who wallow in abominable sin should all have their civil rights curtailed too.

It defies logic — not to mention civility — to single out the proscription on homosexuality in Leviticus for special treatment. It should be treated like the other abominations: inconsequentially.

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NOTE: I found this source to be handy in assembling the information in this article.

44 Comments

  • Joyce
    July 14, 2012 - 5:36 am | Permalink

    I read this article and I find a lot of truth fromt he scriptures of the old testament. I do want to point out that Jesus changed all the “laws” from the old testament when he gave his life and blood for our sins. Now we can be “saved by Grace from Jesus Christ”, when we commit a sin, or an iniquity, we can repent to God in the name of Jesus, and our sins and iniquities are forgiven. That being said, we must then keep ourselves from sin as much as we can (for we all sin daily because we have a sin nature ever since Adam & Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil) and continue to ask for forgiveness and seek to be like Jesus every day. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us, but we must want to seek Jesus,the Holy Spirit will not force us to change our ways, we have free will.

    As for being “GAY”, there is really no such thing as gay, it is just a lie from satan that people believe and then think they are gay. Since gay relationships are an abomination to God, then God would really never allow a true “GAY” person to be born, it is just a lie. Satan is the prince of lies and his lies will lead you to Hell!!

    Summary: The old testament is as true as the new testament, the laws God gave us, and his commandments, are still to be followed but if we mess up, and we will, we must now accept the new testament covenant from Jesus Christ, repent wholeheartedly and try as hard as we can to keep to the straight and narrow path. We must also “go tell the world about Jesus” and continue to try to lead souls to God.

    • July 14, 2012 - 7:12 am | Permalink

      So, Joyce, can you tell us how you came to understand there is no such thing as being gay? Was this something you struggled with and then “chose” to be straight?

  • Marie
    April 22, 2016 - 7:44 pm | Permalink

    The Bible also speaks again cursing.

  • Donna
    April 26, 2016 - 12:38 am | Permalink

    Matthew 5:17 — Jesus did not abolish the Law but came to fulfill it. So, if “fulfilling” the Law allows people to eat shrimp, women to wear pants, etc. (which many Christians argue), then homosexuality can no longer be an “abomination” either. Did Jesus fulfill the Law or not… that’s the basic question.
    I guess it’s just a lot easier to dump on LGBT persons and still make converts, than it is to dump on shrimp-eaters, etc., and try to make converts… not to mention the torture and murder that went on in the process of “converting” others. This Bible stuff is all bat-sh*t crazy to me, a heterosexual woman, and best left to antiquity.

  • Martin Jackson
    April 26, 2016 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    Homos can’t reproduce for a reason! Is all that a selfish excuse for bad behavior or is it a bad excuse for selfish behavior? I don’t know how a reasonably balanced person can smell crap and get or keep a hardon. It happens rarely in nature, but can anyone give two examples of such behaviour in animals. We are given a free will – the ability to choose. Choose to go to hell and then whine about the choice is as mature as a puppy humping your leg. Maybe homos choose to be confused juveniles.

    • Cartlon Hewes
      May 31, 2016 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

      1. Comparing humans to animals is completely illogical
      2. It’s a scientific fact that people are born gay and straight so there is no inherent choice
      3. Just because people can’t reproduce sexually means absolutely nothing, if that was the case then there would be no reason for love or anything but carnal attraction.

      Also I want to ask a question. Human beings are the only ones given free will correct? If that is so, then how did Lucifer rebel against God and become Satan? If he was an angel and had no free will, then how did he CHOOSE to defy God and convince others to do so.

      But this is what happens when people in the 21st century are told to believe in a 2000+ year old book that said the earth was made in 7 days, the sky is a bowl that holds the water, and that a man lived to be over 900 years old without any proof whatsoever

  • MD
    June 4, 2016 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    I don’t know where people get the idea that Jesus abolished the law when he said flat out “Think NOT that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17 KJV

    and in case that was not enough he even says WHEN the all the law will be fulfilled:

    “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18 KJV

    Do we live on a new Heaven or earth? No? Then it has not all been fulfilled yet!

    Jesus hasn’t even reigned as king yet, people! He came the first time as a suffering servant (Psalm 53) He came as a prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15) he came to be the savior of the world and we know that he is the Messiah and the returning King, but until he plants himself in the temple and reigns in Jerusalem like God promised he would (And God never changes his mind) and then judges the nations and THEN we have a new Heaven and a new earth, then all has NOT been fulfilled.

    Jesus came and set things back to the way they were suppose to be. Just like Moses also came to get things back where they were suppose to be. God has ALWAYS has statures and judgement and laws. We know this because Cain and able were making sacrifices to God, Noah had to sacrifice when he got off the ark, Noah was found righteous in the eyes of God when no other man was-so obviously Noah was keeping God’s commandments-whatever they were at that time. The Bible also tells us that Abraham also was keeping god’s ways:

    “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Gen. 26:5

    So as we can see, God had laws even at the time of Noah and Abraham and even back to Cain and Able.

    BUT, over time once the Hebrews moved to the land of Egypt, they had obviously taken on the idol ways of Egypt and forgotten God’s laws. SO Moses leads them out and sets them back on God’s path and returns them to the laws of God.

    Enter Jesus…
    From the time of Moses to the time of Jesus a lot happened. Men had abandoned the laws of God and not only that, but Pharisees and Saducees and scribes were now in place (and they were not even from the line of Levi which was required by the law that men who worked at the synagogue HAD to be from the line of Levi) and they had messed up the laws by adding to them which was forbidden by God-to add to the laws (Deut 4:2). So Jesus shows them that they are keeping silly traditions and not even keeping the laws of God. Jesus said “If you love me you will keep my commandments”. In case that doesn’t resonate with you, let’s take a look at Revelation 21:27:

    (talking about Heaven)
    “and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying shall ever come into it, but those written in the book of Life.”

    Revelation 14:12
    “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”

    Looks like keeping the commandments is pretty important!

    Now, we do have grace when we fall short of keeping them when really trying with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, but those that know a commandment but think they don’t need to even try to keep it are not following him with all of their Heart, soul mind and strength.

    I could go on for days about this, but let me just tell you that the New Testament does NOT teach us that the laws are abolished. It is mainly from Paul’s writings that people get this idea, but even Paul says the commandments are good and holy and teach us right living etc. People tend to skip over those verses. Peter even warns that this was going to happen:

    2 Peter 3:16
    “Consider also that our Lord’s patience brings salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom God gave him. 16He writes this way in all his letters, speaking in them about such matters. Some parts of his letters are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17Therefore, beloved, since you already know these things, be on your guard not to be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure standing”

    People have been misusing Paul’s words for 2000 years! For instance, Colossians 2:16 Paul says do not let anyone judge you in new moons or Sabbaths or food or drink. If people would read the entire chapter they would see he is speaking about corrupt people judging followers of Christ telling them exactly HOW to celebrate these festivals and Sabbaths and what to eat and drink on them. I celebrate the festivals. I do not let anyone judge me on how I keep them or that I keep them. I do it in obedience with a heart for God so even if I don’t do them perfectly, God still honors my heart and my effort. That is what Paul is trying to help them understand.

    We are under the new covenant which the writer of Hebrews wrote about in Hebrews chapter 8, the new covenant replaced the old Covenant BUT the New covenant still has laws. But the New covenant says that God will write them on our hearts and minds. (he does that through the Holy Spirit) You might read the New Covenant and see that it says it is for the house of Judah and the HOuse of Israel, but I remind you to look at Paul’s words in Romans 9-11. Paul says we are ALL part of Israel now-those of us that follow Jesus so the New Covenant applies to ALL of Israel, nut just the land or the Jews.

    So to the writer here-addressing gay relationships-yes, this is an abomination as well as eating pork, shrimp etc. There are MANY abominations and we should pay attention to those things and do our best to honor them IF we love Jesus.
    And no, we are not to work on Sabbath, however, there were some exceptions, which you’d know if you actually studied the scriptures. For instance-baking…cooking for a family is acceptable if necessary. (See Exodus 12:16) circumcision was also to be done on the 8th day even if that fell on Sabbath. Also-the priests and Levites who worked at the temple had to work on Sabbath.

    As for the death penalty for such things, there is no longer a priesthood on earth. It has been transferred to Jesus who is not an earthly priest, but a heavenly priest. Therefore the entire council and priest system which would be necessary to enact the death penalty, is not longer on earth. SO for now, since Jesus shed his blood for the remission of sins so that we no longer have to bring forth a sacrifice for our sins and there is no high council who who enact the death penalty on men who broke the law, the penalty for sin (which means transgressing of the law) is reserved for the judgement of Christ on judgement day. There will still be a death penalty for abominations, but it will be reserved for the highest priest (Jesus) to issue on the final day before there is a new heaven and a new earth.

    Most Christians do not understand all of this and so they eat abominable things and act in abominable ways and then they pass judgement on others who they are sure are practicing abomination and they are not. This is Satan’s way of fooling God’s people and also causing us to misrepresent the gospel to people such as homosexuals.

    We are ALL in need of a Savior to save us from our sins. We are ALL guilty of abomination. But that doesn’t make homosexuality ok, nor does it make eating pork ok. But the beauty of Christ coming to save us is that when we realize we are sinning we can repent and be forgiven and NOT face the penalty for sins and also what we do not understand as sin is not sin for us. (James 4:17)

    There are times we sin and we have no idea we are sinning. For that, there is grace, but as soon as God shows someone they are sinning they have a choice to make; continue in the sin or make every effort to stop sinning. Sure, we may sip up or have difficulty following God’s laws, but God is more interested in the heart that is lovingly seeking his ways vs someone who knows they are sinning and does not care.

    I hope that clears up some misconceptions for you about abomination and sin.

    • July 21, 2016 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

      MD your words are clear friend me on facebook… steve kingson is my username

  • Ray
    June 8, 2016 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    God made man and women. Jesus came to fulfill the law. We as individuals outside of Gods grace and the sin nature that is in each of us choose to do what is unnatural or we choose with the help of Gods spirit through Jesus to do right. So I have only the assurance and confidence in the word that Gids grace is sufficient.
    There is a devil as there is a God there are demons as there are angels. We are all like filthy rags but we have a mediator we have a counselor we have Jesus who paid the ultimate price for every soul that has and will enter this earth. Jesus fulfills the scripture He did not cancel it or wipe it out but he washes the repentant ones in his blood.let Jesus in and His Spirit will change the sin nature.

    • Jon
      June 10, 2016 - 10:38 am | Permalink

      So Ray – who did Cain and Abel procreate with?

  • M.Donigan
    June 18, 2016 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Approximately 1 and 1500 children are born with genitalia that are so ambiguous the doctors have to perform corrective surgery.

    If people can be born with ambiguous genitalia, don’t you think they can also be born with same-sex feelings?

  • Guillermo Pagan
    June 18, 2016 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Why on Gods good earth would, anything I would do on Sunday be an Abamanation? You obviously lack knowledge of the bible and of history too. Please explain my question in a way that would not make you look too stupid!

    • Jon
      June 20, 2016 - 5:46 am | Permalink

      The fourth of the Ten Commandments says, “Remember the sabbath and keep it holy.” The punishment for not doing this is in Exodus 31:14: “Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.”

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