If you won’t listen to Him — what makes you think He’ll listen to you?
If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination. Proverbs 28:9 CJB
God has no use for the prayers of the people who won't listen to him.
(Proverbs 28:9 MSG)
In my recent book Holiness and Food I ask the question “Is an abomination always an abomination to God?” The Word of God declares many things to be an abomination to God.
Homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13)
Idolatry (Deuteronomy 7:25-26)
Deuteronomy offers us a list of things which are an abomination to the Lord:
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (10) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, (11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. (12) For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12 KJV)
Proverbs offers us a list of things which are an abomination to the Lord:
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. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)
·This is in no way an exhausted list
Forgiveness for those who turn from these things (abominations) and turn unto Jesus Christ is available! While most of us would agree that homosexuality, idolatry, witchcraft, etc., are still abominations to the Lord — most also accept that we are now free to eat whatever we chose regardless of how God may feel about it. Given this sad reality, most will never consider turning away from the abominable because according to their religion there is no need for it!
Again I pose the question ‘is an abomination always an abomination’? And if not — why not? And who decides what to take away from the Word of God and what to add to it?
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2 KJV)
Don't add a word to what I command you, and don't remove a word from it. Keep the commands of GOD, your God, that I am commanding you.
(Deuteronomy 4:2 MSG)
The New Testament is not silent on the issue of the abominable:
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (6) And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:5-8 KJV)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; (2) That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (3) For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
(1 Peter 4:1-3)
·There are other New Testament Scriptures which I bring out in more detail in my book.
Ultimately it is not about eating or not eating, what clothing one wears or does not, or whether ones adornment should or should not include Jewelry — the issue at hand goes well beyond all of this and is one of the heart.
Does your heart beat for the Will of God or your own will?
Then you'll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want. (I Peter 4:2 MSG)
While traditionally Christianity teaches that God’s dietary Laws have been nailed to the cross (done away with), it must be acknowledged that Rabbinical Judaism has certainly added its own extensions to God’s dietary Laws. I believe my friend Avram’s article ‘Kosher: Jewish vs. Biblical’ adequately addresses this subject.
It should be stated that keeping the law cannot save you. In fact, the law was not given as a vehicle of salvation but rather it was given to a people who had been brought out of Egypt by the blood of the lamb, had its pursuing enemies buried in a watery grave, and now (at Mt. Sinai) are about to receive the seal (earnest) of their inheritance. All of this was required then before entering the promise land as it is today a prerequisite for admittance into the Kingdom of God.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
However Scripture is very clear that the Holy Ghost will guide you (show the way) into all truth. Scripture also proclaims that for him that understands to do what is right and doesn't do it, to that person it becomes sin.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13 KJV)
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin
(James 4:17 KJV)