Eeeeeeeeeeeeerm, sorry, Fry, buuuuuuuut…
Leviticus 18:22, and Leviticus 20:13.
Hey guys, there was a passage on Jesus saying that Leviticus was to be ignored, what was it again? For his reference.
Leviticus was unethical and ridiculous, anyway.
Why is Leviticus kept in the Bible if Jesus said not to pay attention to it? All it does is give fundamentalists a reason to bash gays and push their agenda.
Otherwise Christ was a Jew, and Leviticus was a law given specifically to the Jews. It’s important to have both, for history and for understanding what he was talking about. Christ brought the higher law, and it’s hard to know what ‘higher law’ even means if you don’t have a point of reference.
But I can’t say the bible is perfect, nor that all of the books of scripture in there are important. Song of Solomon, for example, is utterly pointless. I don’t even think it’s inspired scripture, just kinky poetry.
I think the purpose for Song of Solomen is two fold:
Firstly, Solomon is cited in the bible as the wisest man ever. He decided to test that, and test how good God actually is by testing every earthly thing possible. So, he wound up with 1000 wives and concubines.
What Song Of Solomon shows is that even though he had a harem of a thousand, he never had the relationship of actual sacrificial love that you get from a dedicated relationship. That’s what is represented in Song of Solomon.
The second side to SoS is the fact that sex is a good thing. If you look at the rest of the bible, there are so many section that (rightly) criticize the act of lusting after something or someone. What happens when you hear that message too often though is the puritanical repression that you get in some churches, where sex is considered a horrible act no matter what. You wind up with married couples who haven’t had sex since their last child was born, because anything else is sinful and wrong. Song of Solomon is meant to (as far as I understand) remind people that Sex in a married relationship is a giving and bonding experience. We’re made as relational and sexual beings, and it is a part of who we are.
Welp, that’s my take on things.
That’s awesome, actually! It’s a perspective that I never had about it, and I can respect that a lot.