Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The absurdity of the Old Testament, and why Jesus gave us the New Testament ....

Letter to George.W about Homosexuality etc

Dear President Bush,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law.

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 uncleanness - 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 Lev. 19 expressly forbids this: 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 am confident you can help.

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

(Thanks Phoenix ;) )
posted by Caraf @ 5:21 AM


Caraf said...

woo hoo!!!!

SSB said...

saby...thank you for your notice about ashes...i left a note in hope that one day might be recieved with kindness and love. Thank you for your respect...keep your ying and yang in ballance...your fellow blogger...SSB :-)

Autumn Storm said...

I posted a comment on this letter, but I may have done it at the top of the page, if it was an older blog entry. Either that or it got lost. Whether we are biased or not as individuals is not "important", ideally the media should provide the facts succintly in a way that would not sway or influence the way we think about any given particular story - admittedly this is quite a task, and also I guess, it may work negatively against their touting for readers/viewers.
I did not mean that your opinions were biased. What I was thanking you for is that I did not know all that was in your blog, and you have thereby contributed to my awareness.
Now that I think about it, I am not sure I read the letter on your page...
Anyhow, it is just brilliant! It shows the absurdity of quoting the bible, when dealing with modern day issues - most of the world is anti-slavery and pro-homosexuality to cite and instance - perhaps we need a new bible for a new millennium. I used to be a firm believer in God, when I was a teenager, but these days I question everything, so would have to say (I know, its boring) I am undecided. I am "Church of Denmark", which is a Lutherian branch of Christianity. I do however envy those with faith in a God-almightty, as it seems to me, it makes making sense of things much simpler.
Can continue this discussion upon my return, if I am still being too vague - I've always been good at confusing my point ;o)

saby said...

point no.1
i am not media
i am only propagating my faith
my world view

point no.2
after u return