|One of the author's favorite scenes, |
looking down from Blowing Rock, North Carolina
By Craig Johnson
I'm writing to thank Opinion Page Bible scholars for educating us regarding God's law. I share their wisdom with as many people as possible. For example, when someone defends the homosexual lifestyle, I remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly declares it an abomination. End of debate.
I need advice from the scholars regarding other Bible laws and how to best follow them. The most urgent are:
- A friend believes that although eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I disagree. Can scholars settle this?
- Leviticus 25:44 states that I may own slaves purchased from neighboring nations. A friend insists this does not apply to Canadians. Can scholars clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
- I want to sell my daughter into slavery, as allowed in Exodus 21:7. In this economy, what do scholars suggest as a fair price for her?
- A neighbor works on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
- Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I admit that I wear reading glasses. Must my vision be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
|Copyright © 2014 by Craig Johnson|
Craig Johnson lives in Durham, North Carolina, and frequently writes letters to the editor of the town's Herald-Sun newspaper, where today's column appeared on August 4.