In a message dated 2/27/06 9:29:23 A.M. Central Standard Time,According to the Bible:
[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: But the Hebrew Scriptures are full of tales of
such punishments of one unpleasant, violent sort or another.
Jesus chose the destruction of Sodom because it worked in three respects: a
punishment meted out to a *town*, the comparative severity of the
punishment, *and* the specific sin for which it was punished.
If you want to insist that Sodom was punished for the the sin of
homosexuality, the force of the analogy is greatly weakened because the
sins wouldn't be similar.
Jesus was nothing if not precise in his analogies and metaphors. That's
why they're so powerful. Judy can you find something specific that I said
regarding this whole thread that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed *only*
for homosexuality. The Story of Lot specifically says the Lord told Abraham,
"I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are extremely evil and
everything they do is wicked. I am going down to see whether or not these
reports are true then will know." Now couple this with Leviticus 18:22 "Do
not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin". Surely the act of
raping or wanting to molest the strangers is an act of homosexuality whether
it is for pleasure or exhorting power. Either way, it is an abominable act
and considered sinful.
Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses advice to people
who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that homosexuality is an
abominaton according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned in any
circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr.Laura penned by a US
resident and also posted on the Internet:-
Dear Dr. Laura, Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding
I have learned a great deal from your show, and I 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 specific laws and how to follow
a) 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?
b ) 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?
c) 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.
d) 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?
e) 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
f) 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?
g) 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?
h) 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?
i) 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?
j) 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.
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