Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday school

Making a case against homosexuality by using the bible is ridiculous. I'm sorry, but if you're going to use the bible for justifying any opinions or behavior, please be consistent and follow all the laws. Who gave you the ability to cherry-pick God's word, anyway?

I presume you've forgotten the entirety of Leviticus, so here's a half dozen laws and punishments that you better get cracking on:

You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. (Lev.19:27)

A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones. (Lev.20:27)

The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me. (Lev.25:23)

If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she was not free. (Lev.19:20)

You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.(Lev.19:19)

And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.(Lev.18:18)

Painting note:Rembrandt "The Angel Prevents the Sacrifice of Isaac" 1635
“Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 21:2)

Abraham and Isaac - a whole 'nother kettle of fish. What would you have done?

Bob Dylan's brilliant version of this Biblical story:


BitterGrace said...

Oh, yeah, and there are scads more Biblical laws folks choose to ignore--although, it must be said, many evangelicals will tell you that all those OT laws can be dispensed with, thanks to our man Jesus. They say now we live in grace and not in the law. (Except, of course, when we feel like it, and the OT rules conform to our prejudices.)

Enough to make one sigh heavily, isn't it? I don't know what it's like in Maine, but these Biblical debates go on quite intensely hereabouts. My friend Jenny, the meat farmer, is a very devout fundamentalist Christian and a truly loving, tolerant person. Some of her customers, though, are of the slightly nutty We-are-Christians-but-we-really prefer-the-angry-God-of-the-Old-Testament school. They refuse to accept pork in their monthly meat allotment because, they say, "Jesus didn't eat pork."

I told Jenny she should ask them where in the Bible it says Jesus drank Coca-Cola and ate Big Macs.

Julie H. Rose said...

Didn't they get Jesus to do one of those Whopper virgin ads?

I was going to find some biblical passages on the end of "the law", but I'm feeling lazy. Yes, what "they" say is true, but open to enormous interpretation.

When it's convenient and serves some purpose, the "Old Testament" serves.

In answer to your question, I think us Yankees pretty much keep our beliefs to ourselves.