Bible study

I’m not usually one to post for controversy’s sake only. Of course I’m opinionated so much of what I say may spark some ire nonetheless. But believe me, I don’t go looking for a fight, despite what you may think of bloggers. And yet, today I read a very clever and satirical critique of the Bible and, in light of all the recent flap about George Fox (I didn’t really think it was that big a story but what do i know) I feel a small, and somewhat silly, retaliatory entry is in order (no it has nothing to do with George Fox just a general religious argument). I’m open to hearing about my own hypocrisies (although most comments in the blog so far are not that sophisticated in their critique of me) so I’m going to dish out a little below. (I didn’t write this but I think it’s pretty brilliant)

Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstances. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a US resident:

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 I 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 him or her that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to follow them.

(a) 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?

(b) 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?

(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 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?

(e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on Sunday (the Sabbath). In the book of Exodus verse 35:2 it clearly states 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 than
homosexuality. I don’t know. Can you settle this?

(g) 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?

(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 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, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging, and we should do what the bible says.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.

3 comments to Bible study

  • wep601

    As an alumni of George Fox, I am curious about the “flap.” Hmm…
    Also, this “open letter” is excellent! All points that should be made regularly! 🙂

  • wep601

    (Curious enough to go read about the “flap” at GFU–not that big of a story. In my class alone at Fox there were two lesbians for sure, and an ongoing joke about the “lesbian underground” at Fox. As I said in my comment on the Fox post, it is still all pretty much “don’t ask, don’t tell” in our country if you don’t want to be “attacked.”)

  • alley

    I was pretty surprised myself that the George Fox story got so big. For all the crazy feedback I got on that post I actually thought it showed my rather mixed feelings about the whole thing. I say let the gay-rights group continue their discussions but it certainly wouldn’t be the arena where I’d first try to win battles. I mean we just barely (as of yesterday) got the right not be be discriminated against!