Atonement Part 4

Kingwell By Kingwell, 27th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/jvnqxx1y/
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The law regarding clean and unclean animals, childbirth and leprosy.

A summary.

Before going further, it may be best to consider some of what we have read previously. We have already commented on blood sacrifices and how long before Abraham, the father of both Isaac and Ishmael, people believed that God demanded that blood be spilled before sin could be forgiven. Some even suggest that it was the reason that God accepted Abel’s offering but not that of Cain.” And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect” Genesis 4: 3-5. As we may remember this made Cain angry and brought about the first murder recorded in the Bible.

What Defiles a Man

The law regarding clean and unclean animals is also an interesting one and is still followed by Jews today. It was also followed in the early days of Christianity as the first Christians were also Jews. Today The Seventh Day Adventists are probably the best known Christian denomination to follow this rule. As to why other Christians, especially those who take the Bible literally, don’t follow the rule, we may find some answers in the New Testament. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus is quoted as saying: “not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man” Matthew 15:11. Despite this however, even the apostles who were Jews still refused to eat anything that the law called ‘unclean’. After the death of Jesus it is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles that Peter fell into a trance while he was hungry “and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, rise Peter; kill and eat. But Peter said. Not so lord, for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, what God hath cleaned, that call thou not common” Acts 10:11-15. In this case however, many believe that it was not food that was meant but that others besides Jews could be baptised into the faith.

The Ritual Concerning Childbirth.

We come now to the ritual concerning childbirth. While certain actions may have been necessary for the protection of the woman and child, in a time when many women died in childbirth and infant deaths were common, it is also obvious that the sex act is considered sinful, even when the couple are married! The fact that she had to bring a sin offering makes that clear. Some Christian churches, notably The Anglican and Roman Catholic, kept up a practice based on the text found in Liviticus well into the twentieth century. Known as the Churching of Women, it too hinted at the idea that sexual intercourse was somehow sinful. Today most people realize that the most beautiful thing that a woman can do is give birth to a baby, providing of course that the child is loved and provided for both physically and mentally.

The Ritual Concerning Leprosy.

The law concerning Leprosy of course had to be quite strenuous since the disease is so devastating yet it might be noted here that all sickness was considered to be the result of sin on someone’s part. The priests, who I have recently learned would have also been doctors, since doctors were chosen from among the priests, had to make sure that no person with the disease lived in the camp or came in contact with those who were not afflicted. There is no doubt that mistakes were made just as they are today, and some were sent away who although had a problem was not a leper. When such people recovered, they had to once again appear before the priests and prove that they were now clean. When the priest was satisfied that the person no longer was a leper, he must then bring a sin offering to the priest proving once again that it was their belief that all illness was a result of sin.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 5
See Part 1

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Steve for the moderation. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
28th Oct 2015 (#)

You are and always will be one of the best writers here! It's always a joy to read your work.

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

My dear Jessica, I am humbled by your comment. Thank you. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Awesome post my dear Kingwell you did it again and my blessings my friend!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Fern, You are very kind with your comments. I hope that I can always live up to your expectations. Thank you. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Educative and thought provoking, thanks Kingwell.

Religion has also to evolve and keep up with the times. The basic tenets seem above board but not those that are sort of misinterpreted. Some interpretation could have risen from dreams.

I like to follow those that make sense to me than get carried away by interpretations by others. Compassion and oneness should prevail - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Religion often takes a long time to change but I too follow what makes sense to me. There must always be compassion and an understanding that our experiences make us what we are today. I am convinced that everyone and everything is connected and that the energy that is us at the moment will continue to exist after physical death as the body is all that dies. We leave an old residence for a better one. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Great post, Kingwell! Thanks! I am glad I read this before I started my day. God bless!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Great article! Thank you. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Magnolia Car. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting put together article Kingwell.

This is not so far from the Indian philosophy of Karma though in which everything is a result of karmic action, not just illness.

Some New Agers today think that we are responsible for our own illnesses too, we attract them to us they say.

This type of thinking doesn't really help anyone much I feel.

An illness is an illness is an illness. Some are caused by virus's or bugs, some genetic, perhaps some are psychosomatic, perhaps the severity is affected by our outlook, whether its positive or not, who knows for sure??

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for commending spirited. I've never thought of the Jewish law in respect to Karma but you may have a point. They seemed to think that all illness was the result of sin but it was not always on the part of the individual. Remember Exodus 20:5."for I the Lord Thy God am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me". I agree with you that an illness is an illness and it is our attitude that makes a difference. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
29th Oct 2015 (#)

Right into the new Testament they also had this belief about illness being a punishment for sin.

An example is in John chapter 9.

Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind
1As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" 3Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

sometimes illness then is even for a divine reason, a purpose of some sort of God's for us to go through for him, it seems.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Oct 2015 (#)

This is true spirited. The example of the blind man is also one that is used to show that Jesus and his followers believed in reincarnation. How could the man have sinned before he was born unless he had lived before? You are correct thought, the believe that illness was a punishment for sin was still there. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Oct 2015 (#)

Spirited, I have a view that if we have many lives we have to go through all stages of suffering though happiness is fleeting! Sometimes, our physical body weighs us down to test our mental resolve, our soul.

Also, I tend to believe when one suffers for a prolonged time till eventual death the soul gets liberated from repetitive births - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Oct 2015 (#)

That's an interesting concept Siva and you certainly may be right. On the other hand, does it have to be suffering or just different experiences? Eventually we we would be liberated from repetitive births. I feel that some may chose to return after they have been liberated because of a desire to help others. Blessings

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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Oct 2015 (#)

sex being dirty is a Christian concept started by Paul not a Jewish one.

In Jewish law, sex is not considered inherently shameful, sinful, or obscene. Sex is not seen as a necessary evil for the sole purpose of procreation. Although sexual desire comes from the yetzer hara (the so-called "evil impulse"), it is no more evil than hunger or thirst, which also come from the yetzer hara. Like hunger, thirst, or other basic needs, sexual desire must be controlled, channeled, and satisfied in the proper time, place, and manner. But when sexual desire is satisfied between a husband and wife at the proper time and out of mutual love and desire, sexual relations are actually a mitzvah (a Biblical commandment, see Exodus 21,10 referring to "conjugal rights" and the commentary on it).

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol, I checked the text that you mentioned and I see what you mean but I still wonder why the author of Genesis (supposedly Moses) had Adam and Eve cover themselves when they discovered that they were naked. Christianity at least, seems to equate sex with shame and sin.Blessings.

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