Elements of Gods laws difficult to follow

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I am at a loss as to why a man of the cloth can spew so much hatred instead of tolerance and love. I know how sensitive the issue of homosexuality is in Zimbabwe. People would rather spend hours debating it instead of bread and butter issues affecting this country.

Ask every Zimbabwean and the response is almost always the same: Homosexuality is a foreign concept brought by Western nations (read white people); its unnatural and the Bible forbids it.

Would it surprise you holy pastor that if white peoples ideals are not for us why are you clinging to the same Bible brought to us by the same people? Is the concept of homosexuality really Western? What about the stories of ngochani that our ancestors spoke of? Foreign too?

A while ago one reader, arguing that this issue be chucked out of the draft constitution, asked: if homosexuality is recognised whats there to stop paedophilia or bestiality? Simple, paedophilia is sex with minors.

There has to be a law to prevent kids from being taken advantage of. As for bestiality, please note that the donkey or goat would not have consented to the sex. On the other hand homosexuality is between two consenting, tax-paying citizens. You wont catch it by shaking their hand. I didnt.

Now on to the crux of my rebuttal; that homosexuality is forbidden in the Bible. I note that small houses are forbidden too. Yet for some reason, the loudest homophobes appear to be individuals, who either steal other peoples wives, or are just kings of small houses.

I say before one worries about gay relationships, one should worry about their marriage. Show some tolerance people. A while ago someone had the following response when asked on a radio show about homosexuality (Im quoting here, I dont remember the name of the person).

Here goes:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding Gods law. I have learned a great deal from your show. 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 it to be an abomination . . . End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of Gods laws and how to follow them.

Leviticus 25:44 states I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims this applies to Mozambicans, but not South Africans. Can you clarify? Why cant I own South Africans?
. 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?
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 offence.
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord Lev 1:9. The problem is, my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I have a neighbour 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 I ask the police to do it?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination Lev 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I dont agree. Can you settle this? Are there degrees of abomination?
Lev 21:20 states 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?
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 they die?
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?
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). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev 24:10-16.

Couldnt we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that Gods word is eternal and unchanging.

Church, dear pastor, must be a vessel for tolerance and love. But then again I forgot to mention apartheid was deeply rooted in the church, so was slavery. Those who murdered millions during World War II were very staunch church goers too.

There is a certain Zanu PF sponsored reverend here in Zimbabwe going around annexing peoples property all in the name of God.

Think about that for a second before you spew your hatred on the pages of reputable papers. What makes us stronger as a nation are our differences, however repugnant to you.

Human rights must be accorded every Zimbabwean whether black, white, tall, short, young or old. Whether gay or straight too. My children demand it.
I thank you.

Baba vaZiggy

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