Yeah, we all hear from the street corners and pulpits of some churches that God hates Gays. I mean, it says it plain as day: You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22).
But that ain’t all. And if we are going to obey simply everything in the Bible, and avoid all “abominations,” well, we need to think about these:
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that 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 one who sows discord among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19). Whew. At least this lets Bette Davis off, or does it? Are her eyes haughty or seductive, or what? So much for politicians who breathe out lies. Do Fox News commentators fall in here? And you English-only literalists, is it ok to sow discord among sisters?
And thank God for this one: A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 22:5). This, I know is a scourge on the land. I guess my shirts should be safe?
I always knew the hippies were a problem: incense is an abomination to me (Isaiah 1:13).
This one, I do not quite get. I guess it mean money is not money and that a prostitute cannot give to the church? You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 23:18). But what is wages of a dog?
And then there is this gem: For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15). Wow. So, everything we hold in high esteem is as evil as it can be?
Yes, I know what these are referring to and that I am taking it them of context, but that is exactly what the God-Hates-Gays crowd is doing, so fair is fair.
So what exactly is an abomination?
Well, eating seafood that lacks fins and scales, all insects except for locust, crickets, and grasshoppers, eagles, ossifrage, and the ospray is abomination.
Joseph tells his brothers to lie about their work because to Egyptians, shepherds are an abomination. Somehow lying is not an abomination?( See above.) Or is it just the lesser of two abominations? Or, when choosing abominations, it is better not to offend the Egyptians than God?
We are getting close to the meaning. Another clue is given in Proverbs 29:27—An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
Oh, it is relative. What is abomination to one is not to another. It changes over time and between cultures.
But this just cannot be!, the God-Hates-Gay crowd screams. God never changes. What he decrees is forever and ever, amen. God does not account for people and their needs. God is God and People are People and he will not permit leniency to his command.
Jesus on divorce: And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.(Matthew 19:3 – 8)
Yes, I KNOW many will say that divorce is sin and those who have been divorced cannot be in God’s grace again ever. I also know there are many people who are just plain ignorant and spiteful and afraid and hateful and cowardly and who wrap these things up in religion so they can claim it is not their desire, but that they are only doing what God wants them to do.
It is apparent that God made allowance for divorce (or allowed his main dude Moses to do so). Things change and to say that the God who messed up so badly that he wanted to destroy the entire world and all of mankind in the Flood, the God who was able to be bargained with for the sake of mankind (look it up, there are many instances in the Bible where this is recorded) does not make allowances for us or change His laws or amend His ways to assist us—to deny this exhibits ignorance.
There are those who use logic pretzels to get around the changing nature of God, and these are the cowards. They hide from reason and logic, even when it is plainly stated in the Bible. It takes courage to stand up against those who hate and hurt in the name of God because those who do so are very vocal about their relationship with God and are not afraid to tell you that you God hates you and you are going to Hell if you disagree with them. It is easier to do this than to accept that maybe, just maybe, they do not know everything, that they cannot know everything, that the mind of God is not knowable by mere mortals.
Their relationship with God? If there is a God who approves of Westboro Baptist Church and their teachings, if the Christian God is a God of hate and vindictiveness against the creatures he fashioned in His image, if the God we are supposed to worship welcomes only those filled with hate for their fellow man, then I pass.
If I have to hate people, to make it to Heaven, if working for God means thanking God for 9/11 and for soldiers dying, if speaking his word is to attack the humanity of those not like me, then I would not speak nor work and would willingly accept Hell rather than bow down before the deviant who requires such things.
But that is not God. God loves and wants us to love. But the God-Hates-Gays crowd says this too, so what does it mean? It means they are full of fear of the other, of those not like them. How they got this way is they were taught because no child is born hating. They are taught by warped and misguided men who, believing they speak for God are as far removed from God as east is from west.