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We believe that truth is consistent. We believe that whoever created the universe and life has a consistent design.” Below is one set of interesting questions about the Bible. We will put more though provoking material as we discover them. Email your suggestions here.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she  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 is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned  by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. Very funny - and  thought-provoking.

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 of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

1. 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?

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 cleanliness - Lev.15:19-24. The  problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed 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?

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?

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?

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, so  I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's  word is eternal and unchanging.

 

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan,

Jack
Richard D. Babcock, PhD
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