Friday, December 30, 2011

Our boys come home from Iraq....

But not all made it home for Christmas.  Let us not forget the cost

Ok, time to follow the law...

In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger 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 response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s amusing as well as informative:

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 other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may 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?

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

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

5. 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, or should I ask the police to do it?

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? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

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 sleepwith their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

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

As the year draws to an end...

Hello My wonderful friends;

  You have no idea the great growth you've helped me make this year.  I was at work last night, thinking how my life has changed, how I've become more confident of myself and more aware of the world about me, how much my emotions no longer run my life and how I am able to deal with the emotions of others without reacting emotionally.  It is surely and so very obviously - in my mind, at least - due to the repeated positive feedback you all have given me.  I'd really like to thank you for that - for listening to my concerns, my rants, my naive hopes and small dreams, giving me understanding and insight in return. 

  I hope you can forgive me, but I'm off on another rant.  But, perhaps it is one that you can share...

I saw this video today.  It struck a cord in me.  It was so beautiful, so peaceful, yet so alive and vibrant - even mysterious and dangerous in its way.  I heard a line from some time ago where someone said in regard to the sea:  'if we spent a tenth on the oceans that we've spent in space, we'd feed the world'.  I don't know if that is true, but as America's "Space Age" drastically changes, perhaps we now can actually investigate the world in which we live rather than the space in which it roams.  Perhaps we can begin to look more closely at the world in which we must live rather than seek to escape it to the stars.  I don't know what we've gained from our forays into space, but it's come at a cost.  Please scroll down to see the vid.  It's worth the time....  turn on your sound.