Perhaps Paul of Skips Fish and Chips plus his born again cadre can check out this particular section of the bible before making judgements and using the Bible as their final argument .
Go to Leviticus, chapter 18 and read verse 22. Hey why stop there, there is all sorts of do’s and dont’s in this section of the Old Testament. Don’t sleep with your Aunt, your brothers wife, your granddaughter, don’t commit adultery etc. Not that I can imagine those Holier than thy Baptist or Evangelist committing such sacrilegious sins!!! Never happen right? That could be interpreted as throwing stones in a glass house. It is time true Christians stood up and denounced these hypocrites that claim to know the “Word Of God” How about is old standby ” Thy Shalt Not Judge ”
Below is the apology offered by Paul,(Skips), doesn’t sound too apologetic to me??
I regret that my comments on the subject of homosexuality have caused grief for many people. I regret even more that they have incited otherwise decent people to say hateful things on either side of the issue. My readers and customers may not all agree with me, but I want make a few things clear so we can get on with our lives in this beautiful hamlet we call home. As someone who is convinced that the Holy Bible is the unique Word of the one true God, I have a world view that is distinct. I believe that all of humanity sins against the God who made them. We know about our sin from either the clear teachings of God’s Word or the witness he has given us in nature or in our own consciences. The twofold division of the Ten Commandments suggest that we sin against God in two ways; We sin against Him personally and we sin against people, whom He has created to be like Him or in His Image. Our sinfulness is well documented throughout our sad history of violence, sloth, slander, injustice, hatred, perversion etc. I believe that homosexuality is simply one of the thousands of ways we sin against God and that it deserves no special treatment or condemnation. It is a sin against God’s design for human sexuality. It is not, in my view a genetic disposition such as race or gender. It is an impulse, albeit a powerful one, to commit acts that are unnatural or sinful. As a sinner myself, I don’t want to “throw stones”, at other sinners, but neither do I want to nor should be compelled to celebrate someone’s sin. The reason why I am so enthralled with the Bible is its message of forgiveness and the power to change. Just think, the God I sin against is the God who paid the penalty for my sin which was the awful death of His son Jesus Christ, a satisfactory payment that was confirmed by His resurrection from the dead. Add to that the gift of His Holy Spirit by which we are born again and reoriented to love God and our fellow man and you have a global movement of hope in a sinful world. This is an “Amazing Grace” that saved a wretch like me. So I appeal to my readers, neighbors and customers to tolerate my faith if you cannot agree with it, and give me the space to love you while disagreeing with your world view and life choices. In the end it is God who judges. I just want to be faithful to Him and serve great fish and chips.
I’d like Paul (Skips) to answer the list of questions listed below. After all he is a self proclaimed expert on all matters pertaining to the Bible
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from you. and will 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 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?
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 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?
5. 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 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 sleep with 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.
Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus,
Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia
God Bless and keep reading