Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Abomination in context

Everyday I am on the internetz.  Predictably I am confronted by people who tell me that homosexualtiy is an abomination.  They immediately, selectively, quote Leviticus to me, like I've never read the Bible before in my life.  So, I have begun to wonder what else might be an abomination according to the Bible.  So I googled this. I found this website

So here's a short list of things that are called an abomination in the Bible besides homosexuality.  The website I am using uses the Revised Standard Version translation.  According to Bible Gateway, the New International Version doesn't see homosexuality as an "abomination."

  1. Eating flesh of the peace offering on the 3rd day (Leviticus 7:18)
  2. Eating fish or sea animals that do not have fins and scales.  Eating an 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. (Leviticus 11:10-19)
  3. Winged insects that go on all fours (Leviticus 11:20 and Leviticus 11:23)
  4. Swarming animals that swarm over the earth. Eating animals that crawl on their belly (Leviticus 11:41-42)
  5. Eating at all on the third day. (Leviticus 19:7)
  6. Graven images of false gods and coveting their gold/silver (Deuteronomy 7:25)
  7. Sacrificing an ox or a sheep with a blemish. (Deuteronomy 17:1)
  8. Human sacrificies, practicing divination, sorcery, and wizardry.  Additionally, being a necromancer or medium is an abomination. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
  9. A graven or molten image, presumably to worship. (Deuteronomy 27:15)
  10. Gods who demanded human sacrifices (1 Kings 11:5, 1 Kings 11:7, 2 Kings 23:13, Jeremiah 32:35).
  11. Sacrifices made by wicked people (Proverbs 15:8) and (Proverbs 21:27)
  12. Vain offerings (Isaiah 1:13)
  13. "Re-marrying" your ex-wife once she "married" someone else.  I'm not sure if it's talking about actual marriage or having sex.  (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)
  14. Possibly adultery or sleeping with another person's wife (Ezekiel 22:11).
  15. Greed for unjust gain (Jeremiah 6:15 and Jeremiah 8:12)
  16. Love of money (Luke 16:15)
  17. Acting dishonestly or unjust trade (Deuteronomy 25:13-16)
  18. Cheating someone in a trade or taken literally having more than one set of weights and balances  (Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 20:10, and Proverbs 20:23)
  19. Women wearing ANYTHING that pertains to a man (emphasis mine) or a man putting on a woman's garment (Deuteronomy 22:5)
  20. I don't know what this means: "You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God in payment for any vow; for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God." (Deuteronomy 23:!8)
  21. Being a perverse man (Proverbs 3:32 and Proverbs 11:20)
  22. "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. " (Proverbs 6:16-19)
  23. Lying (Proverbs 12:22)
  24. Arrogance (Proverbs 16:5)
  25. Justifying the wicked and condemning the righteous (Proverbs  17:15)
  26. If you turn away from hearing the law, don't pray. It's an abomination (Proverbs 28:9)
  27. The way of the wicked (Proverbs 15:9)
  28. Thoughts of the wicked (Proverbs 15:26)
  29. Kings doing evil (Proverbs 16:12)
  30. Scoffing at those who devise to sin (Proverbs 24:9)

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