Detestable or Abominable Things

The Bible is often quoted to condemn homosexual acts as “abominable” or “destable.”  We will look at other abominable or detestable things or acts to give some context to the condemnation.

Leviticus 7

19 ” ‘Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean must not be eaten; it must be burned up. . . .. 20 But if anyone who is unclean eats any meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the LORD, that person must be cut off from his people. 21 If anyone touches something unclean—whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean, detestable thing—and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the LORD, that person must be cut off from his people.’ ”

22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. . . .. 25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which an offering by fire may be made to the LORD must be cut off from his people. 26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. 27 If anyone eats blood, that person must be cut off from his people.’ ”

Leviticus 11:12

12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.

Leviticus 11:12-14

12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be detestable to you.

13 ” ‘These are the birds you are to detest and not eat because they are detestable: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite,

Leviticus 11:20

20 ” ‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you.

Leviticus 11:41

41 ” ‘Every creature that moves about on the ground is detestable; it is not to be eaten.

Leviticus 11:42

42 You are not to eat any creature that moves about on the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is detestable.

Leviticus 18:22

22 ” ‘Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Leviticus 18:28-30

28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 ” ‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.’ ”

Leviticus 20:13

13 ” ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Deuteronomy 7

25 The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. 26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.

Deuteronomy 13

12 If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in 13 that wicked men have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), 14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15 you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. Destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. 16 Gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. It is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt.

Discuss

Do you do, or have you done, any of the acts above-declared to be detestible or abominable?  Do you eat shrimp?  Catfish? Bacon or pork?  Defiled the land by throwing trash out upon it?  Put batteries of paint into the trash?

How are the words “detestible” or “abominable” used or applied in the above passages?  Are they always the same use?  Do we evenly apply them as we read these passages today?

Are the consequences of doing detestible or abominable things always the same in the passages?  If not, why the difference?  If the rules do not apply to us today or apply but with different consequences, how do we know what God authorizes for alteration or expungement?

If our position is that these are ritual rules of the Old Testament, but that Jesus fulfilled the law so that we are not today bound by it, then why do Christians apply them to some situations but not to others?

To what degree, whether these rules are determined to be given by God or determined by man to be God-ordained, are they and their extent determined by the circumstances of that time, so that their validity depends upon the existence of those conditions and disappear of are validly changed with a change of those conditions?

If they change because of the change of conditions, how does God ordain or authorize the new rules?

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Detestable or Abominable Things

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