|The abomination in Leviticus|
(Lev 18:22 NKJV) 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
(Lev 20:13 NKJV) 'If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
The six clobber passages used commonly against gays of Gen 19, lev 18:22/ 20:13, 1 Cor 6:9, 1 Tim 1:9, Rom 1:26,27 have strong underlying themes and context of fertility cult religions. A plain reading of the verses used to condemn gays is not insightful without understanding the religious context. A key in this understanding is the use of the word “abomination” or "towebah" in Strong’s Concordance H8441. Only certain sexual acts were denoted as “towebah” which excludes the sexual activities in the preceding Lev 18:6-20 including having sex with your fathers many wives, all were said to be prohibited and wicked, but none of them an abomination.
The word “Towebah” for abomination occurring 117 times in 112 verses almost always had a religious idol worship connotation, for example
a) Deut 7:25 where the Jews are not supposed to worship the carved images of the Egyptians and Canaanite gods nor have anything to do with the gold or silver on them, or bring the abomination or the idol into the house.
b) Deut 12:31 criticizes the worship practices to the other gods which it calls an abomination including sacrificing of babies to the gods.
The laws in Leviticus were motivated to resist the idol worship of the Egyptians and the Canaanites (Lev 18:3). The role of the priests and the priestess in this fertility idol worship were sexual in nature. In Deut 23:17-19, both the men and women of Israel were prohibited from becoming ritual harlots or qadesh, and even the money obtained from such activities were considered an abomination. For the Israelites, the term “abomination” or the mention of idol worship would immediately conjure up images of:-.
a) The Egyptian fertility god, Apis, a bull deity worshipped in the Memphis region where the Israelites had just came out of. Therefore when Moses could not be found, in Ex 32:4-6, the people of Israel made themselves a golden calf to worship as a burn offering and rejoicing (Ex 32:18). As part of the worship, there would be a mass sexual orgy and rejoicing where the worshippers would have sex with the temple priests and priestess.
b) The fertility god Molech (Lev 18:21) consisting of a man’s body and the head of the calf famous for its live sacrifices of babies. In the “The Sacred Fire: The Story of Sex in Religion by B. Z. Goldberg”, it was said that the worship of Molech was masculine by nature and excluded women. The priests were Eunuchs who had castrated themselves, and the worshippers were having anal sex with the priests. There were also young men who sold themselves to play the role of the harlot, and even dogs specially trained for the worshippers to have sex with. Thus, we have the term “price of a dog” in Deut 23:18 in NKJV translated as “male prostitutes” in NIV. This also explains why Lev 18:22, did not mention women having sex with women because there were no women in the worship of Molech.
(Mat 19:12 NKJV) "For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it."
Therefore, the condemnation of gays using the clobber passages are clearly contrived as the verses had nothing to do with same sex orientation but concerns the abomination of religious sexual acts where straight men were having annal sex with the priests to join themselves to the deity whom the priests represents. It had more to do with 2nd part of Mat 19:12 where some deliberately chose to castrate themselves and become Eunuchs because of their religious idol worship and not that they have renounced marriage as mis-quoted in NIV.
As humankind is created in the image of God, the other gods have attempted to undermine the image of creation. The idol worshipping priests were counterfeit gays. They were straight yet had castrated themselves so that they can become more feminine, wore women's clothing and become one with the gods whilsts gay men are born naturally that way. They were counterfeiting what was natural in gays to what is unnatural in straight men. We are reminded of Apostle John being called the beloved of God. Perhaps there is a higher calling for the GLBT community to be set apart for God, and the spiritual deities were trying to imitate this calling by creating "counterfeit" gays using castrated straight priests!
It is easy to blame gays as the culprits in Lev 18:22, and 20:13, yet what are our modern day abominations where we commit wicked acts to worship our spiritual idols! Perhaps, the bible itself has become an idol that we literally interpret and follow the laws within it without the worshiping God. The love commandments of Jesus Christ should have been our conscience lest we judge and persecute the innocent.
Without an understanding of God's heart, the Pharisees who were experts in the bible promptly killed Jesus, God Himself, the writer of the bible, when He appeared to mankind, for they have reduced God to a series of laws which become their god and idol. Perhaps the bible has become an idol, for our god is religion and its religious constructs, laws and traditions rather than moving by the revelations of the Holy Spirit, and the Rock of Jesus Christ being the compass for our Christian Faith.
It is an abomination to condemn gays on account of same sex relationship because our condemnation is based on the worship of our religious idols. Gays are the gentle lambs to be slaughtered and a burn offerings to our gods of self righteousness and legalism. We sacrificed the gay community so that we can have a certainty of heaven just as the Israelites sacrificed to Morlech so that the land may be fertile. If our theology and tradition needs to be totally deconstucted so that the innocent will not suffer, we must not be afraid to take that step of faith for we worship Jesus rather than the bible, and God's heart is for Justice and mercy and will not tolerate injustice done in His name to the weak and vulnerable.