REALITY & THE BIBLE
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law.
I have learned a great deal from your sermons 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 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 best 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 offense.
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 the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?f)
f )A friend of mine feels that even though the Bible says eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you show me a scripture that says one Abomination is worse than the other?
My Jewish friend says every Abomination in scripture has the same meaning, this is not what I hear you teaching on Sunday so please give me the scriptures that prove her wrong.
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 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. So since we are forbidden to touch even the skin of a dead pig may I still play football. Maybe I could wear gloves?
j) My Jewish friend showed me in scripture where God forbid us to eat pork; does that include bar-b-que, porkchops, ham and pepperoni pizza as well. Or was God just kidding about that?
k ) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as do most by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend) since that is against God's law as well. 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 or maybe stone each other since we are all guilty of one or more of these? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn teveryone to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
l ) On your urging I have been reading the Bible extensively lately and I have seen in scriptures that God called many things (commandments or laws) and said they were to be “perpetual”, “everlasting”, “forever”, ... “throughout your generations”. Since you teach us that the "law is done away with" is God is a liar? I don't understand, how can we trust or even believe in him if he lied from the very start.
m ) I have read in the Hebrew and Greek original text that Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-19, He did not come to destroy the law, or the prophets: but to uphold the law of the prophets (it was not until the Catholic church came into power that the word "fulfill" was taught to mean the law had been fulfilled by Jesus (we see repeatedly through out scripture this was something Jesus never taught). The Catholic church had it's own agenda rewriting scripture, they did this to ensure their subjects were under no law but that of the church. On closer inspection we can see this proven in in Matthew 5:18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." It's obvious in this verse that Heaven and Earth will pass away before the Law given in the Old Testament will ever be "fulfilled", so that completely rules out it being over and done with by the coming or the crucifixion of Jesus since the earth (and I hope heaven) still exist. You say we should always follow the example Jesus sets for us as we live our lives (WWJD) and yet I see over and over in scripture where Jesus was always faithful to keep the laws given in the Old Testament, so again I wonder what to believe: your interpretation of scripture or the words and actions of Jesus.
n ) I also see in Duet.12:31 it says: "You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods." I can't help but wonder - would it have been okay with God for them to sacrificed their children by allowing them to be nailed to a cross and left to die?
o ) And then there's that pesky verse James 3:9-10 "With our mouths we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." And yet I have heard you and many Christians say someone who I know loves the Lord with all their heart is bound for hell.
p) I also note among the prohibited foods listed in Leviticus are "all that have not scales in the waters shall be an abomination to you" Will you explain to me why catfish seems to be so popular here in the south,
and why our church even sponsored a money raising catfish fry?
I have many other questions regarding scripture and teachings of the church that do not appear to be in harmony. Please, I ask for your paience, I realized compared to you I am an uneducated idiot. I know you have a degree in theology and scripture has been "decoded" for you by the best minds in religion - so you can understand things I can not. But as I read and study scripture I find many people who appear to take enormous liberties to interpret scripture to fit their own beliefs.
Preacher, I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. I remember many sermons when you have been admandant to reminded us that God is not a liar and His word is eternal and unchanging so I am confident you have all the answers.
Your devoted disciple and adoring fan,
"Faithful Church Member and Christian"
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