the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is
the irrefutable Word of God may be debatable. But there's
no question about
Divine or not, having been filtered through the mind's of men.
And even if the Ten Commandments were carved in stone,
the rest of the Bible was written on paper by very mortal men
Moses and a handful of other self-proclaimed patriarchs.
have been lost or misunderstood in the Divine Transmission
or subsequent translations something filtered out by
some human predisposition? Does the Word
of God as revealed in the both the Old and New
Testaments never need amendment or revision? Does it
not unfold with the evolution of humanity? Does God have nothing
new for us to understand as we grow more worthy?
The Presidential Prayer Team (Bush '04) is currently urging us
to: "Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to
legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be
according to Biblical principles. With many forces insisting on
variant definitions of marriage, pray that God's Word and His standards
will be honored by our government."
Any good religious person believes prayer should be balanced by
action So here, in support of the Prayer Team's admirable goals,
is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage entirely
on Biblical principles:
A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union
between one man and one or more women.
(Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5.)
B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines
in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II
C. A marriage shall be considered valid only
if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin,
she shall be executed. (Deut
D. Marriage between a believer and a
nonbeliever shall be forbidden. (Gen
24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)
E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution
nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law,
shall be construed to permit divorce.
(Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)
F. If a married man dies without children, his
brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry
his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children,
he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner
to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)
On numerous occasions, syndicated radio talk show host Dr. Laura
Schlessinger, an Orthodox Jew, has defended her blatant bigotry
against gay people by quoting Leviticus 18:22 which says homosexuality
is an abomination and cannot be condoned in any circumstance.
Dr. Laura is quizzed about the relevance of this ancient document
in the following open letter first posted on the Internet in 1999.
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law.
I have learned a great deal from your radio show, 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 them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states that
homosexuality is an abomination. End of debate. I do
need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific
Bible laws and how to follow them.
a) 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?
b) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed 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?
c) 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? She's 18 and
starting University. Will the slave buyer continue to pay for her
education by law ?
d) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while
she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness
(Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking,
but most women take offense.
e) 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
this be a neighborhood improvement project ?
f) 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?
g) 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? Would contact lenses
h) 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
i) 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?
j) 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).
k) 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. 24:1016) Couldn't we
just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with
the people who sleep with their in-laws?
I know that 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.
Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.