Monday, May 21, 2012

Obey all the laws of God

[Thanks to Atheist Cartoons]

I've seen this particular piece on several occasions and although there is an attribution for it, I'm not sure exactly where it originated.

Having said that, however, I thought it serves as a valid reminder of the fact that the Bible is filled with all kinds of nonsense and also of the fact that people who proudly claim to be "Bible believers" and insist the Bible is God's inerrant word for all time are delusionary.  

These fundamentalist Christians cherry-pick through the Bible just like all other professing Christians.  Passages they dislike or find discomfiting, they simply ignore.  

In our world, the Bible does not provide answers.  It confuses people and too often leads to hatred and the denigration of human beings for reasons unrelated to reality.  Sin is a religious concept.  It has no basis in fact.  How many Christians and Jews work on the Sabbath, which is expressly forbidden by God in his Word, the Bible?

The Sabbath prohibition against "work," for almost all people in the Hebrew and Christian traditions, is ignored because we understand that it is nonsense; to disobey the commandment is "sinful" only within a religious construct which we no longer accept and thus is of no value in our modern world.

Today, fundamentalist/evangelical Christians spend much time and energy railing against homosexuality and gay marriage, citing several Biblical passages.  It is strange, though, that they do not get exercised about all the other commands in the Bible which almost no one takes seriously today.

As you will see from the following:

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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.

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D.  Professor Emeritus,  Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and  Special Education --  University  of  Virginia

P.S. (It would be a damn shame if we  couldn't own a Canadian  :)


1 comment:

Dianne said...

reminds me of a scene from the TV show 'West Wing' where Martin Sheen blasted a Dr Laura look a like

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