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 neighbouring 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 offence.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbour 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 (It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian)
Photo: “Leviticus says…” by San Diego Shooter is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
This is too good! May I share it?
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Absolutely – not my creation! It was written as an open letter. I’m just happy to have it shared further.
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😁 I was totally amused while reading the article “God’s Unchanging Laws,” and equally amused and shocked at people’s perceived ignorance – Jews and Gentiles (non Jews) alike who are still steeped in, remain under, and or still follow Old Testament Laws. People, read the WHOLE Bible and try to understand.
The Laws, beginning with the Ten Commandments, from Exodus to Deuteronomy were strictly for the Jews (Israelites), and that was BEFORE Jesus Christ came. When HE came, HE started preaching: not SLAVERY, BONDAGE, and DEATH, as in the Old Testament but LIFE and FREEDOM – for EVERYONE! HIS Commandments of Love uphold God’s Moral Laws, yes, unchanging moral laws – which excluded the SABBATH law! This is my personal view and conviction of the Law of the Spirit and Life in Christ – New Covenant/New Testament….but to each his own! Peace 🙏🏿
No, “Anonymous”, Jesus was a fundamentalist Jew who said that “not one jot or tittle” (i.e. pen stroke or smallest letter) from the Old Testament laws could be changed. Paul, on the other hand, set out to create a whole new syncretist religion out of Judaism, Mithraism, and anything else that crossed his path – that’s where the “New Covenant” comes in, and has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus.
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