Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend homosexuality, for example, I will simply remind him or her 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 laws in Leviticus and Exodus and how to best follow them. To wit:
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. How should I deal with this?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as stated in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how can I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Leviticus 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Canadians, but not Mexicans. Can you clarify?
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?
A friend of mine says that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
Leviticus 20:20 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?
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.
A devted listener
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The general question concerning issues like this is "Should Christians obey the Old Testament and New Testament Law?" For example: slavery, animal sacrifice, sabbath, etc.
I think they are overall pretty balanced. Here is my lamen understanding as far as it goes. Those laws were given specifically to the Nation of Israel, in the context of their culture and their History and cannot be applied to us today. There were reasons each of these laws and though they sound ridiculous and even hateful to us in the context of our culture, they had purpose and meaning in their time. There were laws however that Christ, The Apostles and Paul carried over which we can apply to ourselves today. Whenever I look at the laundry list of laws that the Old Testament shows us I think of these two verses.
(1) Galatians 3:24 (New American Standard Bible) 24Therefore the Law has become our (A)tutor to lead us to Christ, so that (B)we may be justified by faith.
What that essentially means is the Old Testament law was that which would point people to realize that they needed the Messiah that God had promised them. The Law was never an end in itself it was always meant to point us towards our need for a savior.
The Christian faith is not summed up by following laws. It is summed up by faithfulness to God. In the same way that a husband or wife would expect their spouse to be faithful out of love rather than obligation. Christ made it simple (1) Follow Me (2) Love God (3) Love people. This is the simplicity of Christ's message and the law by which we are bound as Christians.