|Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding
God's 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.
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. How should I deal with this?
b) 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?
c) 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.
d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the
nations that are around us. Is this only those nations
joined by land? Please clarify.
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?
f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating
shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser
abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you
g) 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 reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20,
or is there some wiggle room here?
I know 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.
The Rev. Ian B. Oliver, University Chaplain Rooke Chapel,
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837