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My take on Leviticus, and its relevancy today.

Mar. 15th, 2011 | 10:37 pm

(Cross posted from Furaffinity, so it is definitely focused at a somewhat anti-Christian audience, and the tone reflects.)
(FA journal title: Okay... In this journal I shall defend the laws of Leviticus)

Right. Okay.

I think I'm ready.

Now, I'm sure anybody knows that I'm a Christian, as evidenced by an earlier post. And actually, the earlier post attacked the laws of Leviticus as no longer being relevant.

So how could I be defending them, you ask? Have I had a change of heart? Nope. I still stand by my belief that most of the laws of Leviticus are no longer relevant. However, I now have a better understanding of why they WERE relevant.

So. My wife and I were driving to Dayton, and the topic came up, and we started thinking about Leviticus, and in that discussion we analyzed a few things, and came up with some interesting theories, which have stood our own dissemination.

We came to the conclusion, that every single law in Leviticus has a completely practical, non-religious, non-moral reason for being. With the obvious exception of "How to worship" type laws.

We have found that every single law in Leviticus that is not a "Praise God by doing X" type commandment (Almost fully regarding when and what to sacrifice), can be broken down into 4 categories:
1: That is unsanitary and might kill you, or make you ill.
2: That is dangerous and might kill you, or injure you.
3: That is irresponsible and might kill you or your family in the long run, or just make life harder.
4: That is just plain rude and might make somebody else want to kill you, or just cause a lot of undue strife.


I actually want to open this up to see what people think about this, and to see if one of the laws doesn't hold water in that way of thinking.

There are some things that you need to keep in mind about those laws, though. They were written around 3500 years ago. People had a lot less understanding of health, hygiene and just science in general, so many of the things that were unsafe and unsanitary then are perfectly safe and sanitary today, just with a little precaution taken. That and the explanations given in the Bible as to WHY these laws are there, they play to the superstitious people of the day, as they wouldn't understand microbes and whatnot.
That, and do keep in mind that it was a very harsh time, and just like any culture of the time, punishments were very harsh. Death penalties for a lot of what we would consider minor infractions.
I'm NOT debating how just the punishments were for the law.

The crux of my point is that if you give me ANY law in Leviticus, I can give you a practical reason for it that is not linked to morality or religion in any way. With the obvious exception of how one should worship.





As an opener, I shall address the "big one", at least as far as it concerns this particular fandom:

Lev 18:22: "'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable."

That falls under all 4:
1) Unsanitary: At an obvious level. There is poop there. People didn't really know why poop is bad, and usually didn't bother with antibacterial soap or other cleanliness afterwards.
2) Unsafe: Without lube, it is actually very easy to damage the delicate tissue of the rectum, and that can lead to some definite internal harm.
3) Possible future repercussions: In a time when population was key to tribal strength, you didn't want to have a virile, fertile male not making babies.
4) Rude: This is only as regards to treatment of prisoners. Prison rape style dominance sex was common back then, and that is just not something that is polite.

At a practical level, mostly the unsanitary and unsafe are what I would say are the primary reasons for it. I mean, heck, they had to be told to keep away from and not touch their poop (in Deut. 23). They obviously didn't know the health risks of poop.




So. Fire away, and I hope I can show how the laws of Leviticus were quite relevant for the time. This also does double in that it shows exactly WHY I think most of the laws of Leviticus are no longer valid. Not for some arbitrary reason because I don't like them, but because we now know enough about the world to make that which used to be unsafe, perfectly safe. That which was unsanitary is now able to be washed.
That which was rude? Well, that still is.

So, the laws in Leviticus were the equivalent of us telling a child not to touch power tools. They don't know how to handle them, and will hurt themselves. But we have now as a world grown up to the point where we know not to touch that spinning blade of death, and so are allowed to use the circular saw.

But my prime example? Of the "big one"? I do not believe it relevant anymore, because the reason I believe it was made is no longer valid.
Unsanitary: We now know to wash it off with antibacterial soap. Problem solved.
Unsafe: We now know to use lube, and to stop when it hurts. Problem solved.
Unwise: Having a strong population is not needed, we can afford to have good men not breed. Problem solved.
Rude: Well, "prison rape" style sex is still wrong. So that reason is still valid.

So my take on it now? Don't have gay sex just to show dominance. Make sure you love him.



*braces self*

Fire away.

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Longmeme theif!

Aug. 2nd, 2010 | 09:58 pm


Longmeme is long!

And stolen from Mistress, so many of the answers might be the same, but not most.


Longmeme ho!Collapse )

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"[Avatar:] The Last Airbender" Review

Jul. 1st, 2010 | 05:32 pm
mood: disappointeddisappointed

There will be "spoilers" but only if you've never even watched the series.



Okay... Hmmm... I've never done an in depth review of anything before, so bear with me if it's hard to follow.   And I'm probably going to go too in depth with it, too.

So......

Let us jump to the review!Collapse )

 

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You Monster! :D

Jun. 16th, 2010 | 01:24 am
mood: jubilantjubilant

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Just...... EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



For Science!

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May. 16th, 2010 | 12:47 am
mood: nostalgicnostalgic

I know I don't post much, but I feel today warrants one of my rare posts.

Today is the 20th anniversary of when we lost the greatest puppeteer of our time, most likely of all time.

And on this day, I make it a point to watch this video, possibly one of the most moving pieces on Youtube.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Tribute to Jim Henson, given at his funeral by his closest friends.

Pt 1.


Pt 2



I dare you not to cry, or at least get choked up at the second half.

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Free Portrait Day!

Jul. 17th, 2009 | 11:53 pm

http://purplelunaart.livejournal.com/

Go lookie!  My glorious wifelyness is doing Free Portraits to whomever wants them! No strings attached!


Loooooooooooooooooooooooooook!

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The unthinkable has happened...

Jun. 8th, 2009 | 12:14 pm

The economy has struck that who we previously believed to untouchable.

The Doctor



It's true!  His TARDIS had to be downgraded, and I saw it!


Well, mostly this is because I saw a bright purple port-a-potty sitting on an intersection in the outskirts of town, where there are no sidewalks, no construction, no nothing that could indicate why there was a bright, vibrant port-a-potty sitting there...  Completely out of place and arbitrary, but only if it's a port-a-potty!

If it's a TARDIS, however, it makes perfect sense!  

(Les thought that he just finally got his Chameleon circuit fixed and chose something relevant to the time and area.

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It has claimed another!

Jun. 1st, 2009 | 09:18 pm

I admit... I'm a very, very sick bastard for thinking about it in this way, but still...

You know about the fact that a recent Air France jet has vanished over the mid-Atlantic, well... It's location was near something "important..."

For the first time this Millennium... The Bermuda Triangle has claimed another victim.

And for some odd reason, that makes the supernaturalist in me giddy, despite over 200 people dying.

But I mean seriously, the Bermuda triangle strikes again!

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Birthday!

Jan. 6th, 2009 | 01:14 pm

It's my birthday today!  I am a whole 22!

Fun stuff.  Worked from 8-1, and now I"m having lunch at home before I head off to the parents for the "party" or whatnot.  Mostly just a few friends over, and pizza and mebbie a movie.   Hopefully I don't get snowed in, but if I do, I'll still be online, even if it's the dreaded 56k....


One thing that I'm hoping that I'll get (that's actually likely) is a double edge safety razor.   I know I have a beard, but I also have to shave my cheeks and neck, and I have incredibly sensitive skin.   I already have a nice shave brush that makes an incredibly rich lather in no time flat, and if I get a nice double edge, that'll make shaving very nice on my skin, even if tricky.

Though I'm secretly really hoping for a new hard drive.  My current one is a mere 74 gigs, and I'm constantly having to delete games in order to install new ones... games that I still like and might play, but I have no room.

Next year will be a nifty one, it's the year that I technically become an "independant" legal adult.  

It's odd how that works... They say you're an adult at 18, but you're not allowed to drink until 21, and if you don't marry or go into the military, you're still considered under your parent's wings until 23, no matter if you live on your own and pay all your own bills.....

Will you just make up your mind on what makes an adult, society?

Don't let this "rant" fool you... I'm really in a wonderful mood!  Yay birthday!

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It's a wonderful thing, you know...

Dec. 1st, 2008 | 01:02 pm
mood: contentcontent

Waking up beside the one you love...

Last night, it was grand.  We spent much of the evening in a rather exciting roleplay, (no, not like that.  Text based, on the comp).  Then, a nice, relaxing bath before heading to bed.  There were cuddles, but I evidently passed out very, very swiftly.

I woke up at about 3, came back, and just snuggled back in.  When I woke up at 7 this morning.... We were snuggled up, and entwined...

It's rather hard to sleep entwined... But somehow we were, and nobodies limb was asleep... Well, the alarm went off, and it was determined that Les wouldn't try to make it to the 9am class, (too snowy), and so she set the alarm for 9:15 for the 11:00 class.  That was the best little 2 hour nap ever... We were cuddling so warm, and I had such wonderful dreams, and I woke up in her arms....

*chirr*

It was a truly, truly good morning, I must say, even if I had to say goodbye for the week.   But I at least had such a cuddle afterglow that I was content.

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