I am amazed at the number of occurrences of this word in the Bible. It gives us a clear idea of how the Holiness of God is distinctly different from the unholy nature of mankind. It also shows how sin is "exceeding sinful." Rom. 7:13. The more we see sin as God sees sin, the more we should resist the temptations to sin.
The word means to stink, to be loathsome and to be unclean. Some things are abominable, Deuteronomy 23:18 Some people abominable, Deuteronomy 18:12 Some practices are abominable, Deuteronomy 25:16 Some foods and animals when offered in sacrifice to God are abominable, as well as some that are offered to false gods, Deuteronomy 17:1
Prov. 28:9 goes so far as to say that the prayer of a rebellious person is an abomination to God! Imagine that! A prayer that stinks to God!
In some cases the word is used to show the attitude of some people toward God and God's people, in other words, to worship God ,to serve God, or to believe in God is an abomination to them, it stinks to them. Prov. 29:27 But in the truest sense, abomination is used mostly to show God in his holiness and how certain sins or sinful things, stink in the nostrils of God.
Some of the specific sins named as abominations to God are, idolatry, witchcraft, adultery, sodomy, cheating (as in a false balance), harlotry, lying lips, lewdness, etc.
There are many results of abominations in the Bible, such as loss of life, loss of health, loss of wealth, loss of the blessing of God, and in some cases even a loss of freedom. The word abomination is usually used to show how God hates a certain thing or persons in certain practices. God said that He had laid the land desolate because of all the abominations of His people. Ezek. 33:29
God also says that abominations defile His Holy name. Ezek 43:8
God always has a response to abominations. Ezek. 7:3
God always clearly defines what is abominable to Him.
It is important to know that if a thing, or an act is an abomination, it is always an abomination. A change in dispensation doesn't mean a change in condition. If it ever was, it forever was. Take sodomy for example. The Bible is plain on this as we see in Romans 1 compared to Old Testament examples such as Genesis 19 where God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah specifically over this great abomination. Another example is Deuteronomy 22:5 which speaks of the distinction between men and women. No amount of twisting Scriptures can make it say or mean anything else. God intends for a woman to dress like a woman and a man to dress like a man. The same is seen in 1 Corinthians 11: concerning the distinction in the short hair on men and longer defining hair on women. There the word "shame" is used to define it as offensive to God's holiness. It means, disgrace, dishonor, reproach, vile.
Lost people will never understand these deep subjects because according to 1 Corinthians 2:14 "The natural man" (lost) cannot receive the things of the Spirit, "neither can he know them" and the reason is "the carnal mind is enmity against God." Rom. 8:7. Look back at 1 Cor. 2:14 and notice the words that describe the average lost person's attitude toward Biblical truth concerning the things of God..."they are foolishness unto him." Any true Christian would want to know what an abomination is so as not to offend the holiness of God.
My dear Christian friends, if we want to please God in our lives, we will purposely know what offends the Holy nature of Godand avoid that at all cost regardless of family, friends, flesh and fortune.