Wednesday, May 19, 2010

256: Flashback

Ezekiel 43-45
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In the first month on the first day you are to take a young bull without defect and purify the sanctuary. The priest is to take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the upper ledge of the altar and on the gateposts of the inner court." - Ezekiel 45:18-19

The chapter begins with Ezekiel watching God enter the temple. God tells Ezekiel that this is where he will stay forever. He says that the Israelites will never again defile him while he's in this temple. I hate to state the obvious, but God didn't stay in the temple forever considering I'm fairly certain he doesn't currently live in the temple (I don't think the temple even exists).

God then tells Ezekiel to tell the Israelites the exact dimensions of the temple so that they will be ashamed of their sins. What about knowing the dimensions of God's temple will make the Israelites ashamed?

As a side note, my teen study bible seems to think (based on the annotations) that the temple isn't actually built yet. But every time the temple is mentioned it seems to be already built (presumably by God) on the mountaintop. The annotations say the temple will be built when Jesus returns. I've actually heard this before. Where do they get this idea? I haven't read anywhere in the bible where God (or anyone) says the temple will be built in the future.

Chapter 44 and 45 give me terrible flashbacks to Leviticus/Deuteronomy. God first lays out who is allowed in the temple. This is still the Levites, but it's only a certain subset of the Levites (descendants of Zadok) that were not as bad as the others (I guess?). God has a bunch of silly regulations for them, like having to change their clothes when they leave the temple and having to keep their hair trimmed (not too long, not too short). He again sets up the priests (the Levites) as judges over the people.

God then lays out a "sacred district" and determines what every cubit of the land is supposed to be used for. Then it really gets bad. God describes all the different types of offerings the Israelites are supposed to give him to purify the temple and to redeem their sins. At some point the bible just needs to write "read Leviticus, do what it says there". The repetition is getting absurd.

Jim Shinn was very offended by an article he saw titled "Moms for Marijuana".
Proverbs 31 talks about a woman of noble character and the various qualities of a good mother and wife. Nowhere does it talk about the importance of mothers enabling drug use among their children. The front page Mother’s Day paper (May 9) had an article about “Moms for marijuana” and the movement to decriminalize dope. Oh well. Stupid is as stupid does.
Of course, it also doesn't talk about the importance of Moms loving their children, or giving their kids a proper education. Your best argument is that the bible doesn't mention it?
Marijuana smoking leads to laziness, a laid-back attitude to many healthy values, and its use and its users, teach about the benefits of poly drug abuse (using different drugs).
Somehow I don't think this guy has ever met a marijuana user. I'd say the majority of the marijuana users I know are productive members of society. My anecdote doesn't beat his, but it's certainly a counter-example. As usual "healthy values" is a term that's up for interpretation. This last paragraph is pure fundie gold:
God made men and women different. Women are more opposed to the decriminalization of pot (63 percent) according to the article. God made women relational and often with more insight and wisdom as to what is best for kids.
I'm sure some single fathers would have something to say about that. I don't think you can determine how "rational" someone is based on sex. Not to mention that the legalization of pot could certainly be considered "rational" (less crime, more tax income, real government regulation of a "dangerous" substance).
Weed leads to withdrawal and is anti-relationships. Ever hear of someone who was shy and withdrawn, started smoking weed and now they are working full time and active in the community. People on pot are not a positive force in society and in Proverbs 31:26 it states, “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” Listen to women, and not just on Mother’s Day.
Whether or not weed actually does lead to withdrawal is a controversial topic. Even if it does, the symptoms are relatively minor and last 10 days at most. Since when is weed anti-relationships? He ends his article with "listen to women". Didn't he start the article with a complaint about "Moms for Marijuana". I guess we're only supposed to listen to the women that agree with him. It makes perfect sense.

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