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December 1, 2013

Moral misunderstandings

— In his letter titled “Moral Miscues,” Dr. Tony Butto asks some important questions about Scripture, though with tongue in cheek, particularly Old Testament texts found in Exodus and Leviticus. Certain of the texts he references were given only to build and separate the nation of Israel from the pagan countries, cultures, and practices around them. They were to be a separated people unto God without the surrounding immoral influences. There was a time in our nation’s history when this Scriptural truth, and many others, were understood by the average eighth grader. Unfortunately, those days have passed.

But the confusion is multiplied by the fact that other texts in Exodus and Leviticus (and other places), some of which were quoted by Dr. Butto, have their basis in and are an extension of the Ten Commandments, the Moral Law. The Moral Law is timeless and applies to all men everywhere and in all generations as the way for man to live before God because it reflects God’s character, and because man is made in the image of God. Our founding fathers knew this and incorporated the principles of the Ten Commandments as the foundation of our legal system. References to the Ten Commandments became displayed on our national, state, and other public monuments and buildings such as the Supreme Court.

The Scriptural texts prohibiting homosexuality have their basis in the Moral Law, just as Scriptural texts which deal with stealing and murder, and as such are a timeless mandate from God. Christ Himself reiterated this law when He gave His definition of marriage in Mark 10:6 by saying, “From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female,” quoting the very familiar Old Testament text of Genesis.

Rev. William LaBarre,

Selinsgrove

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