Quality of Life

Some people like to say, "Eat well, do good, get exercise, and die anyway," as some sort of excuse for partying, being unhealthy and/or being inconsiderate. This logic has no place in a happy, fulfilling and successful life. Regardless of when you die, you want the life you live today, and tomorrow to be the best life you can possibly have. There is no excuse for not doing the best for yourself and the best you can for those you love. Even if I were going to die in six months, I still would continue my diet exactly as I do (if not do even better) because I want the highest quality for my life. The quantity is quite irrelevant.

~Raederle Phoenix Jacot

"Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?" ~ M. C. Escher

Monday, June 07, 2010

So... The Bible Says Homosexuality Is A Sin... Hrm.

"The bible says that homosexuality is a sin. Clear as day; black and white in the bible."

You've heard that before, right?

Well, it's also a sin not to treat your body like a temple, and for women not to have their hair covered. In Deuteronomy, a marriage is only valid if the woman is a virgin, and she should be executed if she isn't. Anyone who commits adultery should be stoned to death. In Mark, divorce is prohibited. Homosexuality is mentioned in Leviticus 18:6: "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female. It is an abomination." And two verses later in Leviticus 20:13; "A man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed." Leviticus is a holiness code written over 3,000 years ago. It also includes prohibitions against round haircuts, tattoos, working on the Sabbath, wearing garments of mixed fabrics, eating pork or shellfish, getting your fortune told, and even playing with the skin of a pig. In other words; no more football.

Let's talk morality; up to date morality that makes logical sense in today's society. Let's look at the universal right; "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Everyone may choose for themselves their own morality, but I prefer to believe everyone does what they do because they, like I, just want to be happy and feel satisfied with their life.

Is it moral to judge someone because of what someone else said, or because a book told you to? I think not. "The Bible says so" is not a justification for hurting someone, talking poorly about someone, or judging someone. There is no justification for those things, ever. That person that is hurt, or talked down to is just as human as you are.

If you think they're less human than you are because they are different than you, then perhaps it's time for a good long look in the mirror. When did you become god?


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has rescinded ex-Gov. Tim Kaine’s order protecting gay state workers from job discrimination. This discrimination seems reasonable to people who believe that the Bible is the word of God, because the Bible says that male homosexuality is “abomination,” for which the penalty is to be “cut off from among their people.” (Leviticus 18:22 and 29).

A letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who has in the past expressed similar views about homosexuality, has gone viral on the web. Although the letter—author unknown—has been around for at least ten years, and may never actually have been sent to Dr. Laura, its reasoning is worth thinking about, especially in view of Gov. McDonnell’s action and the battles about same-sex marriage. The biblical references in the letter are accurate.

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 am confident you can help.

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

Your adoring fan.


Tim said...

Leviticus can be a very entertaining book to read. I especially like being able to reel off a list of obscure animals that aren't kosher, or tell my landlord that if he doesn't sort out the mildew we may have to take the house down stone by stone and remove all the rubble to the tip outside the city.

I have heard Christians dividing up the laws in Leviticus into three. There are the laws on cleanliness, which in the New Testament Jesus fairly explicitly rejects. There are morality laws, which still apply. And there's another class which I don't remember - I think they're rules on behaviour which seem to have been put in place just to make people look bad. Quite how they determine which rule fits into which category I have no idea.

Phoenix's Muse said...

Ah, piling absurdity on top of absurdity is great fun, isn't it?

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