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Old Testament teachings are, well, old

The following tongue-in-cheek letter addressed to Dr. Laura Schlesinger is a reminder that too many belief systems and believers pick and choose their way through religious teachings cafeteria style in determining what is “right” and “wrong”.

[As a further note on the subject, far too many Christians in particular are operating by an “old” script if they attempt to base their views on The Laws of Moses as found in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ Himself (as well as the Apostle Paul and other early church leaders) repeatedly attempted to impress upon Christians that they are no longer to regulate themselves (or others) under the harsh laws of the Old Testament, as the Christian belief system is supposed to be one of tolerance based on the New Testament.]

In any case, the following (posted on the internet and attributed to varying authors) is best regarded as an essay clearly meant for a wider audience than just Dr Laura.

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)

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2 Responses to “Old Testament teachings are, well, old”

  1. LOL, ok I came across this site in looking for the OT teachings of abomination (trying to save myself some time). I have to say that was quite comical. And a very good point. But if you do some research into what the Jewish faith believes, it will leave you questioning the NT, which will lead to other searches. What you find out will make go rethink everything from the NT. I only suggest doing this IF you are willing to leave all your modern day views of Christianity at the door. And God does need to help us all.

    • The challenge is to study to show ourselves approved of God, a follower who needs not be ashamed that we are simply going through the motions, rather than truly communing with the Lord, heart-to-heart.

      I believe a sincere search will lead to Him, as the power of the truth sets us free.

      God bless you in your search.

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