Editor, Times-Dispatch: I wholeheartedly agree with some of your other letters that more people should be aware of the Bible’s words. Given that, here are some citations I would like to call to readers’ attention:
Leviticus 12:1-8 describes how a woman can atone for the “sin” of childbirth. In biblical times, any activity that made a person “unclean” was considered sinful.
Deuteronomy 24:5: “When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business; but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.” This provision would make an interesting addition to the Family Medical Leave Act.
In Luke 14:26, Jesus says, “If any man come to me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Jesus demanded total, unwavering loyalty of his followers. Is hatred of one’s family consistent with “family values”?
1 Corinthians (excerpts): “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” “Art thou bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.” “Brethren, the time is short; it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” Marriage, in the early church, was seen as a distraction, especially given that Jesus was thought to be returning within their lifetime.
Overall, would it not be well for those who quote the Bible to keep in mind that there are individuals who spend countless years in seminaries and in private study who would not presume to use the Bible as a tool for their political whims but rather as a guide for spiritual enrichment? If legislation was as easy as simply following the Bible, we wouldn’t need the General Assembly. We could simply be ruled by priests. Jeffrey S. Fowler. richmond.
Published in the Saturday, Feb. 15 Richmond Times-Dispatch