Sunday, September 23, 2012

One reason Christ came
The old law didn't work

Please keep in mind that this "letter to Dr. Laura" was not verified when it hit the email circuit back in 2000. I post it now as a reminder that I cannot pick and choose and judge what old Jewish laws are to be followed. Albeit, God is clear on the type of human behavior He hates and what makes Him angry...

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In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law.  I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify  Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,
(It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian.)


Anonymous said...

I find the letter to be intentionally offensive and uninformed. Uncertain as to why you posted it? There is a new covenant with God that covers most of what the uninitiated gleefully point to as being ambiguous (What? God ambiguous? How can that be? Well, there must be no God.)

As far as homosexuality goes, well, it's still not a good idea to join those deviated ranks. Why? Disease, dishonor, and a basic lack of integrity and character. The new covenant did not sanction homosexuality -- there's your quick answer. Of course, that answer does not sit well with those who would normalize deviant human behavior.

Why do male chimps in the wild bugger one another? Because there are no available females and, besides, they're ANIMALS!

Why do young American males bugger one another? Because they are succumbing to years of propaganda disseminated by the government and public schools. "Fathering" in America has practically been outlawed -- the ethics and morality of our country has turned into a race-baiting debate that seems to indicate that anything smacking of established "white Christian" values is wrong.

Some idiot may jump in here about my reference to "white Christian" values. Go on and explain to me how "black Christian" values includes removing personal freedoms in its march toward a socialist, secular society.

Racism as the biggest problem in the US? Not hardly. Lack of faith is the real culprit.


Denney Crane said...

Actually, I thought some of the references were funny...

And I believe the real culprit in the US is not lack of faith, but self-centeredness & disobedience to Christ's teachings...but I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Denney, that lack of faith leads to self-centeredness & disobedience. Parents used to team with the church to gently guide and enforce good habits and the "routine" of faith (see Johnny, it's not so bad, see how calm dad is?). I go with lack of faith. If we had just a few men of true faith, we could change the world. You can't live the life without the faith, brother.

Denney Crane said...

I was born self-centered and with disobedient tendencies; lack of faith didn't lead to these human qualities...

Throughout history, true men of faith (like Solomon) have fallen, not because they lost their faith, but because they entertained and acted on their own desires instead of choosing to be obedient.

I do agree that faith is a key ingredient to living a victorious life, which makes God's grace sufficient.

The Donald said...

Is there a KBB for Canadians?

Anonymous said...

"...lack of faith didn't lead to these human qualities..." That's right. You were born with them. But faith is what leads you out of those conditions. Nothing else. Why are there so many selfish adults around? Because they are faithless.

Let me change the words around: instill faith into the child as he grows or else that vacuum will lead to disobedience and self-centeredness. Instill faith? Yes, through religious practice (not just in church attendance, but in daily life).

It's easy enough to say the natural order compels us to be selfish, but only through faith can one learn self-control as well as obedience and patience. Where does that faith initially come from anyway? Is it not that spark of faith in the initiate that leads to an entirely new way of looking at things? If the child is raised in the church, in the faith, it makes all the difference. You know that.

BTW, some people are naturally more self-centered than others, however, the drive to live (and compete) is strong. I think that's okay as long as that person comes to understand a degree of temperance of the soul is required in order to pursue salvation.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why people think the various bibles are, indeed, the word of God. That faith business calls for quite a stretch of logic. One I'm unable to make. I really think humans have not lived off the limbs long enough..

Anonymous said...

obedience and patience are not neccessarily virtues. Is it possible for you religious people to leave the rest of us alone?

Anonymous said...

Sure. Just leave us alone. Can you do that?