Dear Dr. Laura, Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding Gods 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 best to follow them. 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? 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? 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. Lev. 25:44 states that I may buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Edxodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10) it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I dont agree. Can you settle this? 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 Gods word is eternal and unchanging.

I just found that letter to the infamous Dr. Laura. It made me laugh, but also made me a bit sad. Why is it that so many people claim to live by “God’s laws,” but they conveniently forget about the ones that are unsavory to our current time? Why is it ok to say in the same breath that you believe your god and your holy book to be completely inerrant and that it must be interpreted correctly? Isn’t the whole point of interpretation to use your own method and experience to sort out the meaning of something? If I’m reading a recipe that says a “pinch” of salt, I would just assume that I stick my fingers in the salt cellar, pinch my thumb and forefinger together, and use the salt that gets caught between them. But someone else may read the same recipe and determine that a “pinch” is actually 1/8 teaspoon. Another person yet may come along and decide a pinch utilizes all five fingers and whatever salt is trapped when they are pinched together.

The bible is full of lessons that are open to any number of interpretations. It is not specific, and it is not applicable to modern times. I am rendered speechless by the silly assumption that the bible is inerrant when it is so obviously filled with lessons and practices that have been left behind for centuries.

Of course, there are people who really do live by the bible, or at least parts of it. Just look at the Phelps family and the Westboro Baptist Church. They live by it even more so than any other congregation I have heard of. I shudder to think what the world would be like if more people took this obscene viewpoint and started literally following the word of their god.