You can find this word in any dictionary but it is used frequently in the scriptures to define something that God hates. The definition I prefer is this – an abomination is like a filthy, smelly, putrid rag, wet and bloody which you pick up with rubber gloves and, at arm’s length take to a trash can or better yet, an incinerator. There is Biblical evidence that this is a good representation of the word. But to what does God refer? What does He call an abomination?
Here are some abominations: homosexuality, (Leviticus 18) shellfish (Leviticus 11 shall be an abomination to humans not to God, including some birds and insects), gold and other precious items associated with false gods, (Deuteronomy 7 which also brings a curse to a family if it is brought into the home), slaughter of children which would include both before and after birth, study of false religions in the same chapter, and such persons who do these things are not permitted inside the community as well. In fact they were, in the Old Testament, stoned.
In Deuteronomy 22 and 23 profits from whores are not allowed in the church treasury, and men who divorces a wife and she remarries, may not remarry her if she is divorced again. They may remarry if she refrains from remarriage during the interim period. Proverbs 3:23 calls perversion an abomination, but it not only applies to perverse actions but also to people who, no matter what God says, go the other way. Anyway – you can look this stuff up yourself.
Here is a list of spiritual sins that God hates:
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
1 Kings 14 calls sodomy an abomination; I am assuming that is male prostitution. Proverbs 17:5 says those who justify the wicked and condemn the just are an abomination to God. I see that all the time in politics. I wonder if these guys are aware of what they are doing? There is a pay-day for everyone.
What about the vendor who has hidden weights on his scale? He is under the knife on this too. Praying to God when there is evil in your heart is an abomination to God also. (Proverbs 28:29)
There are many more. Right now someone is saying – but I am under the New Testament – these abominations do not apply to me! That is false comfort. God’s word is settled in heaven, and it applies whenever and wherever it is a reality. The response is not “oh this does not apply to me” but the response should be, “Yes, it does apply to me and I better be about repenting double quick.” Whatever sin is under the blood is forgiven. To be forgiven never changes one word of what God said or meant. In fact, it confirms it. The Law does not go away – it is just overcome by a higher law.
So that list of abominations could also be a list of what God forgives. Years ago when I ws ministering at a woman’s prison there was an inmate named Betty who knew God and was still rebellious, I said to her in 1975, partly in jest, “Don’t be caught dead without Jesus.” A year later she was released and I learned she was shot dead in Charlotte, NC. I often wondered about her? Did she make it?