Thursday, December 30, 2004
someone's opinion on homosexuality:
Ok, this is what I have to say to people who condem homosexuality, on the grounds that it is "against God's Law as laid down in the Bible".
a) When I burn a bull on the alter as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odour is not pleasing them. Should I smite them?
b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 12:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
c) 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 offence.
d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed posses slaves, both male and female, provided that they are purchaced 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?
e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states that he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination that homsexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
g) Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the alter 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?
h) 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?
i) 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?
j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev, 19:19 bby planting two differnt crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two diferent 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 our own private family affair like we do when people sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14).
I know you have studied these things extensivley, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.