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The words abomination and abominations appear in the New King James Version of the Bible 152 times. When we examine the Greek and Hebrew words translated “abomination” in Scripture, we see that these words have very definite implications. Abomination is used exclusively to describe things that are disgusting, loathsome and absolutely intolerable—things that are unacceptable to God.

Christians would do well to take note of what God labels abominations. Such things, be they actions, attitudes or objects, have no place in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. Some of the most notable abominations before God include:

Dishonesty (Proverbs 12:22 Proverbs 12:22Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
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Arrogant pride (Proverbs 16:5 Proverbs 16:5Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
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Ignoring God’s law (Proverbs 28:9 Proverbs 28:9He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
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Devising evil and sowing discord (Proverbs 6:16-19 Proverbs 6:16-19 16 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers.
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Eating what the Bible calls “unclean” animals (Leviticus 11:8 Leviticus 11:8Of their flesh shall you not eat, and their carcass shall you not touch; they are unclean to you.
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; Leviticus 11:11 Leviticus 11:11They shall be even an abomination to you; you shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall have their carcasses in abomination.
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; Leviticus 11:13 Leviticus 11:13And these are they which you shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
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; Leviticus 11:23 Leviticus 11:23But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination to you.
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The act of homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22 Leviticus 18:22You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
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The book of Revelation explicitly states concerning the New Jerusalem that God is preparing for His people, “There shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27 Revelation 21:27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
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In the world that God is preparing for us, there will be no room for abominations. If we want to be a part of that Kingdom, now is the time to look to God and, with His help, rid ourselves of the things that could keep us out.

For more insight, please read our booklet The Road to Eternal Life .

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