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In an e-mail circulating through Cyberspace several years ago (and likely being continually resurrected now and in decades to come) someone took to task a talk show host who was advocating the total and absolute obedience to Biblical law in dealing with homosexuals.  

The essay, while intended to be humorous, is nevertheless thought provoking.  In making light of the inherent dangers of taking legal things too literally -- especially laws with a moral or religious base -- it uses the technique of going to extremes to prove a point.  

The e-mail is quoted as received.  


Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding Godís 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 the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him 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 best follow them.  

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.  How should I deal with this?  

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests 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 (Lev. 15:19-24).  The problem is, how do I tell?  I have tried asking, but most women take offense.  

Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us.  A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians.  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 feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.  I donít agree.  Can you settle this?  

Lev. 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 prescription glasses.  Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?  

I particularly like the bible passage that states ďthe ocean sea cannot be crossed.Ē  I guess all of us whose ancestry is not native to North America are in trouble.  

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that Godís word is eternal and unchanging.  


The moral is that statutory law (however ancient or biblical) must be reconciled with the far more ancient, fundamental, and natural law -- that of the justice from which the Nature of Law equates, and the later set of principles laid out in Common Law.  The ultimate goal is, after all, Justice -- not merely obedience to some earthly authority other than nature.  


Maxims of Law         Nature of Law         Justice, Order, and Law

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Martial Law         Republic         Common Law         Trial by Jury


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