What is an abomination.
Theologians against gays often cite the following passage:
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.
But just What is an abomination?
Leviticus 11 speaks of all the animals which are an abomination including pork, duck, clams, crab, cat fish and lobster, somehow we ignore the other abominations. So what is a Christian to do? Does this mean that we should toss out the bible? Does it mean that we can interpret the bible as we see fit. What does this mean to an America moving forward or back?
The fact is we have relied on theologians to interpret the word for us and have not done any study of our own. They too are humans plagued with bigotry and self righteousness, keeping the gates to heaven barred by the limitation of their understanding. This is why Jesus said in Luke 16:8
that “the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”
Today moving forward means we must understand that the bible is the word of God, expected to transcend many generations, outlast kingdoms and overthrow nations. The impact of this book is incalculable, yet our myopic understanding keeps the word trapped in time. This book has been used as a weapon of mass destruction for generations. Today we finally have the opportunity to understand that the entire universe is encapsulated in there awaiting our maturity to understand it.
The earth like humans has gone through many stages of maturity; from our young and inexperienced ancestors to our modern day sage who has gradually become more aware of his environment. With time and experience we now begin to understand our world more clearly. An infant can’t understand why he/she cannot play with the stove, or put things into the electrical outlets, because they lack this maturity. Even with the best explanations, understanding comes from experience? In the very beginning like children under the constant supervision of their parent, God literally communicates with man as a parent with an infant. Don’t touch the stove, is the same as don’t eat unclean foods. The pig for example carries dangerous worms which if not cooked or even handled properly can actually kill you. Besides the harm to man some restrictions were based on man’s harm to the ecosystem. Dominant species of predators are vital to maintain a healthy balance in the wild and animals like whales, dolphins, camels, eagles reproduce at such an incremental rate that they would have been driven into extinction without restrictions. Today governments follow these very same laws and enforce legal bans on the hunting or fishing of these endangered animals.
Today Catholics and many protestant religions believe that the list of abominable foods have been revised in Acts 10 11-15, because we have matured.
So it makes sense that homosexuality was discouraged in a world newly budding with people. It would not have grown as it has today; but in a world of 7 billion people and a limited number of resources could this restriction also have been lifted?
I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
The Lord walks with us within us and about us. Once experience has led to some maturity we can see that the stove can be touched, but that we must be careful, and the food must be handled with caution, and our desires should not take precedence over providence. With maturity we can finally understand that eternity is a balance and laws are practical barriers designed for order, safety and the perpetual continuation of life. Gods’ laws have always been for our good; but man has always naturally selected death by ignoring them. Evil and sin are simply the actions which go against the overall benefit and purpose to maintain life.
Luke 17:32 We are asked to remember Lot’s wife, to keep moving forward and not to look back.
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 1 Corinthians 10:29 & 33 Even as I please everyone in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Let us care for each other, that we live not with disregard for our brothers and sisters stages of maturity. The one guiding principle that the faithful have, is that each man has the freedom to do his will and God will judge us all accordingly.