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The Abominable Translation of To’evah

I keep running into various articles that will take a “scholarly” look at the Hebrew word to’evah.  Now this word is at the heart of one of the major issues that the Church is struggling with, so I fully understand why the interest in the word is so great.

I do not mind that people are taking the time to research the Hebrew words that cause confusion.  Scripture can be difficult to understand, so by taking the time to research the meanings behind these difficult words, the person is actually doing themselves a great service.

My issue with the scholarly works is that they are generally spending the time to build a case against the King James version of the Bible.

When many Christians  know and willingly admit that the KJV Bible has many mistranslations and is outdated, why spend the time and effort trying to prove what many of us already hold to?

To’evah or toevah was mistranslated to read abomination in the English language.  Many people take offense at that word, so I fully understand why they would want to discredit the message that it conveys.

Instead of rehashing the same arguments against the word abomination, why not spend the energy making a case against the translation of detestable that is present in the NIV and NET versions of the Bible.

If the argument is strong enough, it should be able to stand up to any of the translations of this word.

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Pull the Abomination Out of Your Own Eye

Abomination is a strong word.

I know there are several who identify as homosexual reject Christianity because of the Bible’s stance on the issue.

Lev 18: 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.

Even harder is what follows:

Lev 18: 23 Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it.

Abomination here is talking about morally disgusting and unnatural.

The stance by Christians is harsh and really does push away those who feel like they are homosexual. I was thinking about this last night and felt like God said look at other things that are deemed abominations.

Deut 18 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or an enchanter, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.

How many Christians do you know that have had their fortune told or look at their horoscope? These things are considered an abomination and there are Christians who practice these.

Proverbs 6: 16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

How many Christians do these? A Christian who lies is an abomination. A Christian who is proud, is an abomination.

Christians are pushing away homosexuals because the act is considered an abomination even though the lying and pride that they have is also considered an abomination. I am not condoning homosexual acts, but it is no reason to push a person away. Practicing this does not stop a person from coming to God.

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