Avoiding abominations 

Of the cities in the Land of Canaan, the Lord wanted Israel to destroy the citizens completely, 

“But of the cities of these peoples which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive, but you shall utterly destroy them…lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).
 
The Lord did not hate those people, but they committed horrible atrocities that are outlined elsewhere in the Law, and He did not want His people doing the same things. 

Likewise, for disciples of Jesus today, when we can, we have to avoid being around environments that teach us to sin against God. 
 

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