God's unchanging word?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2007

I live in Juneau and was raised in the Methodist church, yet somehow I don't consider hating homosexuals a family value. In 2002, J. Kent Ashcroft wrote a letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger with some important questions we must consider. The letter wasn't about same-sex benefits, but it attempted to clarify a lot of what "God wants."

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In response to recent arguments that attempt to use scripture to answer questions of local politics, I feel compelled to repeat some of these questions to our new pool of experts. We clearly still need advice regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them:

1. "When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Leviticus 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

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. "Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed 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?

4. "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?

5. "A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

6. "Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?

7. "I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

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

Hailey Pate


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