Patriarchal Marriage Agreement
On the _____day of the month of ______, in the year _______, the man ________________, son of ______________, agrees to purchase the woman __________________, daughter of ___________ from her father __________ for the price of __________. The groom signifies his purchase using the symbol of engagement -- a diamond ring, and then marriage -- a gold ring (Rev. 21:11).
1.) We affirm that we are both virgins with no venereal disease. We have confirmed this with blood tests showing negative results.
2.) We affirm that we are both of the same or compatible racial ancestry and have examined each other's hereditary lineages to confirm this (Deut. 7:3-4; Deut. 22:10).
3.) We affirm that we both believe, and try to obey, the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We confirm this by seeing the Sabbath-keeping and kosher diet of eachother, etcetera (Amos 3:3; 2 Cor. 6:15).
4.) The man's duty is to pay the woman's father at least 50 ounces of silver (Deut. 22:29) or at most seven years' wages (Gen. 29:18) as "bride price" to compensate the father for loss of his daughter. She is then "bought with a price" (1 Cor. 6:20) and becomes his "treasured possession" (Ex. 19:5). His duty toward the woman is to provide for her food, clothing and shelter (Ex. 21:10-11; 1 Tim. 5:8) to the same degree that he provides for himself. He is legally vested with full possession and control of all community property in the cohabitation agreement (Num. 30:13). She owns her dowry and property except that property created by this union. If he dies, all that he owns becomes her property since she no longer has a provider to provide for herself and her children. He must obey her in sexual matters at night because the sun (man) rules the day and the moon (woman) rules the night (Gen. 1:16; 37:9-10). The woman does "desire to control" (New Living Translation) her husband (Genesis 3:16). The word translated "control" here, or "desire" 8669 in other versions, is in Gen 4:7 where sin as a beast crouches at the door desiring to have Cain. The inference there is one of control & mastery.
5.) The woman's duty toward the man is to respect and obey him daily to the same extent he obeys the Bible (Gen. 3:16; Titus 2:5; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19; 1 Pet. 3:1-6; 1 Tim. 2:12). She should "guide the household" (1 Tim 5:14) and be a "homemaker" (Titus 2:5; Prov. 31). When in public, she should wear a shawl over her head and act modestly (1 Cor 11:6; 14:35). One of her duties is to give birth to his children (Gen. 1:28) and to homeschool them using a Bible-based curriculum approved by their father. Such children must obey their mother and father, and if disobedient, be spanked. "Wilt thou go with this man?" (Gen. 24:58).
6.) Each partner in this agreement shall have his/her own bed, bathroom, kitchen, car, phone and bank account (or equivalent). This avoids squabbles. "Holy" means "separate" in the Bible and separation is essential to living together (Pr. 25:17 & "Familiarity breeds contempt"). A detailed list of each person's possessions is attached. In addition, every 30 days she separates for a minimum of 5 "bleeding" days and then two more days in which she takes a bath (mikveh) prior to touching him or his possessions (Lev. 15:19-28; 18:19; Ez. 18:6).
7.) This agreement is binding unless violated through fraud, adultery, desertion or apostasy. Should he find some uncleanness in her, he may give her a bill of divorcement (Deut. 24:1-4) in which case she retains her dowry and property except that property created by this union.
The ceremony should include the following elements of a wedding: The man pays the woman's father 50 ounces of silver (Deut. 22:29) as "bride price" to compensate the father for loss of his daughter. She is then "bought with a price" (1 Cor. 6:20). He pours a cup of wine for the woman as a proposal. If she accepts this agreement, both she and the man drink a toast (Matt. 20:22). Both man and woman sign this agreement and he gives her a diamond ring. The "bride" must wear a shawl over her head from this point onward indicating her status. She waits for the man to return during the betrothal period and makes "herself ready" (Rev. 19:7) while he "prepares a place" (John 14:2-3). Then a messenger announces his return by blowing a shofar and shouting, "Behold the bridegroom cometh" (Jer. 7:34; Matt. 25:6). The man takes her and her friends to his father's house and both wear crowns as the "marriage supper" (Rev. 19:9) is celebrated. Everyone present says, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" (Matt. 23:37). He comes to the canopy first and waits for her (Deut. 33:2). He puts a gold ring on her finger and then says the words, "Now if you obey me ... and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession" (Ex. 19:5). She says "I will" (Ex. 19:7-8). Don't make an oath. The same agreement is read aloud by the woman's father and signed by the man and the woman again as well as two witnesses, one chosen by her and one by him. Then they enter the "bridal chamber," filled with a seven-day supply of food and water, and "the door" is "shut" (Matt. 25:10). The "friend of the bridegroom who standeth (at the door) and heareth him (say he consummated sex) rejoiceth" (John 3:29) and takes the blood-stained linen of this "wedding night" and gives it to the "bride's parents" as proof of her virginity (Deut. 22:13-21). Then the guests start to celebrate. This honeymoon lasts seven days (Gen. 29:27; Judges 14:12) and then they come out (Joel 2:16).
father of bride __________________ date __________
man __________________________ date __________
woman _______________________ date ___________
witness _______________________ date __________
witness _______________________ date __________ (Deut. 19:15)
If a Christian chooses to not get a marriage license or employ a clergyman or have a standard ceremony, the marriage will not be recognized in most states. Common-law marriages are recognized only in the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas.
Using the biblical ceremony with the father of the bride presiding and without a marriage license means "LIVING TOGETHER." None of the unbiblical "rights" and "obligations" of marriage normally IMPOSED BY THE STATE necessarily apply. Legally, the relationship is governed by a contract, implied or expressed, between the two parties. LIVING TOGETHER is not illegal. It keeps the STATE OUT of your marriage. It eliminates the clutter of UNBIBLICAL STATE OBLIGATIONS from your contract. Your children are yours, not wards of the STATE. Today in the case of divorce, alimony (temporary maintenance) is determined by his ABILITY TO PAY and her NECESSITY -- not who was at fault. God's method is for the woman to be supported from cradle to grave as long as she is a faithful wife. She receives a DOWRY from her father upon entering a marriage. That is hers exclusively. The DOWRY assures the bride of a secure future for herself even if she is later divorced. This security is furnished UP FRONTrather than via alimony AT THE END. Her husband must provide her food, clothing and shelter throughout her life. He gets custody of any children over two years of age if there is a divorce. A few points to remember when writing your contract:
1.) Rely on independent counsel. Each spouse should get his or her own lawyer to avoid the accusation that the one lawyer was partial. Furthermore, the certification of such an agreement by attorneys for both parties is also important to make sure there are no charges of fraud, undue influence, duress or other equitable grounds that might be used to set aside the document. "At the mouth of TWO WITNESSES ... shall the matter be established" (Deut.17:6; 19:15).
2.) Start early and sign early. Such live-in agreements require time to work out compromises. Someone who signs an agreement one week before the wedding can contend later that duress was the reason.
3.) Complete disclosure of every financial asset is essential. Any omission could cause the entire contract to be invalidated. Set forth who owns what property upon entering the relationship. Keep each spouse's property and income SEPARATE. Have SEPARATE bank accounts. A paragraph should be included to assure each party title to gifts or inheritances received by each. Once married, he provides food, clothing, and shelter (Ex.21:10-11;Deut,21:10-14) while she takes care of children (Tit.2:5).
4.) The agreement should establish the beginning of the marriage to prevent later exaggeration. The manner in which the separation or termination of the relationship may occur should also be spelled out. (See pages 89-102 of What's Wrong With SEX?)
5.) A clause should be included whereby the wife waives the right to be supported by the husband if there is a JUST separation or termination of the relationship. In case of RIGHTEOUS separation, the husband is not obligated to support the wife or pay her outstanding debts.
6.) The agreement should spell out that its principal purpose is the mutual promise of each nonmarital cohabitant to provide companionship and homemaking services to or for the other, and it should negate the idea that the agreement was made primarily for SEXUAL services (because of anti-prostitution laws).
7.) A confidentiality clause might also be included, to protect the privacy of each party upon the termination of the relationship.
The majority of cohabitation contracts confine themselves to how partners will divide assets in case of divorce or death. But an agreement can also prescribe in detail how the spouses will BEHAVE in every area of their lives. Although LIFESTYLE CONTRACTS are impossible to enforce legally, they provide a framework for expectations and responsibilities. Anciently the Jewish marriage agreement was known as a "Ketubah." This agreement specified the man's promise to provide for and protect his wife. Also it specified his favorite foods, his standard of living, how he wanted his children raised and his household run. In short, his ideals. Each spouse should hire a lawyer. Solve every potential conflict before it starts by recording a mutually acceptable solution. "We will have SEX FOUR TIMES a WEEK but sleep in separate beds otherwise. We will have a DISCUSSION of at least 20 minutes EACH DAY. We will have only THREE CHILDREN and always PAY CASH for whatever we buy. We will NEVER USE CREDIT CARDS. Handle each piece of paper once -- file it, pay it or trash it. Agreement on FULL DISCLOSURE of each spouse's SEXUAL EXPERIENCES prior to marriage. Our religion will be the BIBLE ONLY. Any children belong to the wife until they are beyond two years old. Then they are the husband's. The husband will be responsible for maintaining the home's exterior while the wife will maintain the interior. The husband will have the leadership role and decisionmaking under the Bible. In addition, we will have ten commandments regarding our marriage:
1. "Thou shalt have no other husbands besides me"
2. "Thou shalt not make unto thee any dildoe to bow down upon, or lie with another man, for I am a jealous husband and won't give child support to the children of other men."
3. "Thou shalt not talk about your husband in idle chit-chat, spreading gossip and secrets about him."
4. "Remember the weekend to keep it holy. Six days work at your career, but spend time together with me on Saturday. I want a family get together."
5. "Your children are to honor their father and mother. If they don't, I will spank them."
6. "Don't have an abortion or murder your children."
7. "Don't commit adultery."
8. "Don't steal"
9. "Don't prejudice me against innocent next-door-neighbors with your gossip."
10. "Don't wish you had a house or car or job like your neighbor's house, or car, or job or anything he bought at Macy's or Nordstrom's. Be content with what I can afford to give you."
Abraham And Polygamy
About the same number of men are born as women. The ratio at birth is "106 males to 100 females" (p.170, Williams Obstetrics, 17th ed.). But more male babies die in infancy and at other times than females. God designed it so half the world would be male and half female. It was God's intention for only one man to marry only one woman. He "shall cleave unto his WIFE" (Gen.2:24) -- NOT WIVES -- and they "TWAIN" shall be one flesh (Matt.19:5) -- not they "THREE." Yes, "let every man have his own WIFE, and ... every woman ... her own HUSBAND" (1 Cor.7:2). One wife. One husband. This is the biblical ideal. But in Genesis 4:19, "Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah." God gave David Saul's wives (2 Sam. 12:8) and the Bible nowhere condemns polygamy (Genesis 4:19; 16:1-4; 29:18-29; Ex. 21:10; Deut. 21:15, Isa. 4:1, etc.). "If he take him another wife" or "If a man have two wives" may be the result of a diminished male population due to warfare. God himself was married to more than one wife (Jer. 3:6-14; Ez. 23:4; Matt. 25) although polygamy is not necessarily the ideal (Deut. 17:14; 1 Tim. 3:2,12; Titus 1:6).
For instance, in Genesis 16:3, "Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian ... and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife." When Hagar conceived, she "despised" Sarai (16:4). "And Sarai said unto Abram, My WRONG (Hebrew "CHAMASH") be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she was conceived, I was despised in her eyes" (16:5). Sarai here admits she was WRONG in giving Hagar to Abram. The fruits of POLYGAMY are not ideal. Hagar "DESPISED" Sarai. Elkanah had TWO wives (1 Sam.1:1-2). But notice that Hannah was "PROVOKED" relentlessly by the other woman (1 Sam.1:6).
Yet we read that Abraham "obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws" (Gen.26:5). IF WE ARE ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN, as all Christians are (Gal.3:7,29), WE WILL DO THE WORKS OF ABRAHAM (John 8:39) and NOT FORBID POLYGAMY. "All scripture (including the Old Testament) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS" (2 Tim.3:16) and the only "scriptures" known to Timothy were the Old Testament. And "whatever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament) were written for our LEARNING" (Rom.15:4). "Now these things (we read about in the Old Testament) were our EXAMPLES" and "they are written for our ADMONITION, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Cor.10:6,11). Gideon, David and Solomon also all had MULTIPLE WIVES.
Was Jacob Wrong To Take Four Wives?
Jacob actually had two wives and two concubines but there was no harmony. Leah was "HATED" (29:31). Rachel "ENVIED" Leah (30:1). "No man can serve TWO MASTERS; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other" (Matt.6:24). Incidentally, the difference between a concubine and a wife was that a concubine was SOLD by her poor parents for the price of a DOWRY into marriage (Ex.21:7-11), whereas a regular wife OWNED the DOWRYas her independent security. A concubine was a "bondmaid betrothed ("bought" -- 2 Sam.3:14; Deut.20:7) to a husband" (Lev.19:20) who was entitled to food, clothing and shelter. Nothing else.
Leah was the first wife of Jacob. But Genesis 46:19 calls Rachel "Jacob's WIFE" (Hebrew "isha"). We also read about "Bilhah ... his WIFE" (30:4) and "Zilpah ... his WIFE" (30:9). When Jacob discovered Laban's fraud, he should have immediately put Leah away. Instead he accepted her. God later gave a command against marriage of TWO SISTERS. As Leviticus 18:18 says, "Neither shalt thou take a WIFE to her SISTER, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her lifetime. The family intrigue, quarrels and misery resulting from having TWO SISTERS as wives are the natural punishments stemming from divided attention, divided interest and divided authority. "A "house divided against itself shall not stand" (Matt.12:25).
The statute in Exodus 21:7-11 reads: "And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out (or "be sold") as the menservants do (or "are"). If she please not her master, who hath betrothed (or "bought" -- 2 Sam. 3:14; Deut. 20:7) her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed (The dowry is given back to him by her poor family.): to sell her unto a strange (foreign) nation he shall have no power (right), seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her. And if he have betrothed (or "bought") her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. If he (the master) take him another wife (The word "wife" here is correct even though in italics -- not another "maidservant"), her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage (Heb. "onah" meaning "habitation" -- p.277, Young's Concordance; the Septuagint properly translates this word as "and her lodging." See also Hosea 10:10), shall he not diminish. And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money." However, Young's Literal Translation renders Exodus 21:10 using such phrases as "another woman" and "her habitation" instead of "another wife" and "her duty of marriage."
Incidentally, if this scripture merely taught us that a "maidservant" was allowed to "go out free" if her FOOD, CLOTHING and SHELTER were not provided, how much more should a WIFE be allowed to DIVORCE her husband who fails to PROVIDE for her? Paul referred to this law in First Corinthians 7:13 by using the phrase "if he be pleased to DWELL with her, let her not leave him." His failure to PROVIDE for her could be described as a form of DESERTION. It is certainly transgressing the covenant (Deut.17:2-5). "But if any PROVIDE NOT for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (1 Tim. 5:8).
Let's examine another statute. Turn to Deuteronomy 21:15-17: "If a man have (or "have had" -- J.F.B. Commentary) two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated, and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated (indicating she is now dead); Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn (perhaps two wives in succession -- not simultaneously), But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath; for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his."
Was Rachel a LEGAL WIFE? Reuben (from Leah), was originally the "firstborn" (Gen.49:4). But "forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph" (1 Chr.5:1). After Reuben's INCEST with Bilhah (Gen.35:22), "the birthright was Joseph's" (1 Chr.5:2), the firstborn son of Rachel who was also a LEGAL WIFE. Leah was the first wife, but her firstborn disqualified himself. God DIDN'T violate his own law when he ordered the inheritance of Abraham to be passed on to Isaac -- the secondborn; not to Ishmael -- the firstborn (Gen.17:19-21 & Gen.21:10-12) since Hagar was not a legal wife of Abraham. Therefore, Ishmael wasn't legally the firstborn. In Genesis 16:3, Sarai gave Hagar to be Abram's wife (Heb. "isha"), but the Hebrew word "isha" does not always refer to a bound mate. It often refers to any type of woman, bound or not. "Isha" is a general term for any woman.
Peopel argue that Leviticus 18:18 not only forbids marrying TWO SISTERS at once, but also forbids marriage with any TWO WOMEN at once. The words translated "a wife to her sister" may be translated, according to the margin, as "ONE WIFE to ANOTHER." The Hebrew language may use the terms "father," "son," "brother" and "sister" in a wider sense than we do today. Anything that produces or causes is metaphorically a "father;" anything produced or caused is a "son;" any things akin to eachother in form, shape, character, or nature are "brothers" and "sisters." This is the name given to the loops of the curtains of the tabernacle (Ex.26:3,5,6), the tenons of the boards (Ex.26:17), and the wings of the cherubim (Ez.1:11,23). The frequently used scriptural expressions "a man to his brother" and "a woman to her sister" don't necessarily refer to two literal brothers or two literal sisters, but to two things or persons similar in kind.
The Hebrew word for "SISTER" is "achowth," #269 of Strong's. This is a very general term which can refer to a literal sister, near kindred, or even just ANOTHER WOMAN. This word can also mean "another" (Englishman's Hebrew Concordance, p.46). In Exodus 26:3 we read that "The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another (Heb. "achowth")." Five CURTAINS are not literal SISTERS. In fact, we find that "achoth" is translated "ANOTHER" six times in the Old Testament, and "OTHER" once (Young's Concordance). The Berkeley Version has "a WIFE to ANOTHER." But since POLYGAMY is practised by the saints from Genesis to Revelation, we take "SISTER" in its strictest sense. Leviticus 18:18 forbids taking literal sisters.
God's law presupposes monogamy. For instance, Deuteronomy 25:5-10 describes the procedure for perpetuating a brother's family and name. If a woman's husband died, leaving no children to carry on the inheritance, then it was the duty of the husband's brother to marry her and to father children for her in her dead husband's name.
Next we come to CIRCUMCISION in Genesis 17. CIRCUMCISION is a law of health. Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer of the penis) is vir-tually unknown among males who have been circumcised. Sexual relations with uncircumcised males has also been linked to female uterine cervix cancer. "Most experts feel that these cancers are caused by smegma, a filthy and foul-smelling paste of bacteria and dead cells trapped under the foreskin" (p.89, McMillen's None Of These Diseases). Cancer of the cervix is one of the most common cancers in women. It comprises 25 percent of all cancers in women.
Genesis 17:12 says, "And he that is eight days old shall be CIRCUMCISED among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed." (cp. Gen.21:4 & Lev.12:3)
Why the eighth day? Because this is the safest time, medically speaking. "At birth a baby's intestines contain no bacteria. Between the fifth to seventh day of life, these bacteria begin to proliferate and produce the important vitamin K. This vitamin goes to the liver where it plays an important part in forming four different clotting proteins. If any one of these proteins is missing, serious bleeding may result.... One of the proteins dependent on vitamin K is called prothrombin ... An average eight-day-old baby has MORE AVAILABLE prothrombin than on ANY OTHER DAY of his life" (McMillen, p.92).
Even the flint knives used to perform the physical operation of CIRCUMCISION clearly demonstrate the inspiration of the Bible. Such newly sharpened knives are practically sterile.
About 85 percent of adult, white males in the U.S. have been CIRCUMCISED. In Europe, however, almost no males are CIRCUMCISED. In England CIRCUMCISION is virtually extinct. The only other country in the world today that reports nearly as high a frequency of CIRCUMCISIONS as the U.S. is Australia (Human Nature, May 1978, p.43).
The American Academy of Pediatrics concluded in 1989 that there may be "medical benefits and advantages" to CIRCUMCISION. Urinary tract infection during the first year of life of UNCIRCUMCISED boys is ten times that of their CIRCUMCISED counterparts. Incidence of penile cancer is much lower in CIRCUMCISED men (Science News, March 11, 1989, p.150). After studying the incidence of AIDS in Africa, researcher Jean L. Marx concluded that UNCIRCUMCISED men may be five to eight times more likely to get AIDS during heterosexual intercourse than men who have been CIRCUMCISED (Science, Aug.4, 1989, pp.470-471). In 1954, a large study of 86,214 women in Boston revealed that cancer of the cervix in non-Jewish women was eight-and-one-half times more frequent than in Jewish women (New England Journal of Medicine, Nov.30, 1954, pp.555-559).
"The exact cause of penile cancer is unknown; however, it's generally associated with poor personal hygiene, and phimosis (tight prepuce) in UNCIRCUMCISED men. This may account for the low incidence among Jews, Muslims, and people of other cultures that practice CIRCUMCISION at birth or shortly thereafter" (p.246, Diseases). Furthermore, UNCIRCUMCISED men are more likely to become infected with chancroid. "Poor personal hygiene may predispose males -- especially those who are UNCIRCUMCISED -- to this disease. Chancroid is transmitted through sexual contact" (p.998). "To prevent chancroid ... wash the genitalia with soap and water after sexual activity" (p.999, Diseases). Also "Balanitis, a relatively uncommon penile disease, occurs in the UNCIRCUMCISED male when the glans penis becomes inflamed ... (this disease) is probably transmitted through sexual contact, and is likely to develop in males with long prepuces, especially those who improperly retract their prepuces and observe poor personal hygiene" (pp.1002-1003, Diseases).
CIRCUMCISION reduces the tendency toward MASTURBATION. In UNCIRCUMCISED males, the foreskin must regularly be pushed back behind the glans penis in order to wash it and keep it clean. This need for sanitation at the site of sexual sensation, stimulates sexual arousal, and leads to MASTURBATION.
Don't let the doctor perform CIRCUMCISION on your baby at the time of birth. Insist that the baby boy be eight days old.
In Exodus 4:24-25, we read that Zipporah obeyed God and CIRCUMCISED her son. Because Moses had refused to do his duty, the Eternal was intending to execute him. According to Jasher 79:10-12, Moses had obeyed his father-in-law, Reuel, who didn't want his first-born son, Gershom, to be CIRCUMCISED.
The foreskin originated after man sinned and ate the forbidden fruit (Gen.3:21). As such, the foreskin represents a physical and symbolic curse. The UNCIRCUMCISED male may be part of the reason God said to the woman, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception" (Gen.3:16) via UTERINE CANCER, CHANCROID, etcetera. In order to undo the curse, we must take of the tree of God's knowledge, the Bible, and be CIRCUMCISED.
Should Christians Be Circumcised?
God told ABRAHAM that "every man child among you shall be circumcised ... he that is eight days old" (Gen.17:10-12). God told MOSES "In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised" (Lev.12:3). "And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS" (Luke 2:21). Also "on the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child ... he shall be called JOHN" (Luke 1:59-60). PAUL was circumcised "the eighth day" (Phil. 3:5). TIMOTHY, who had a Jewish mother and a Greek father, had not been circumcised when he was eight days old and so Paul circumcised him (Acts 16:3) so he could partake of the Passover (Ex.12:44,48-49).
Now Paul wrote Galatians about the same time as Acts 15 took place (49 A.D.), so each incident defines and explains the other. The Galatians were gentiles (Gal.4:3,8) who were taught "another gospel" (1:6) defined in Acts 15:1 as "Except ye be circumcised AFTER THE MANNER OF MOSES, ye cannot be saved." Since the written Torah says hardly anything about the "MANNER" in which circumcision was to be done, we must conclude that some practicing Pharisees (Acts 15:2) were teaching the gentiles to be circumcised according to the ORAL LAW -- "TRADITIONS of the ELDERS" (Mark 7:3) -- the TALMUD. The ORAL LAW was understood to have been given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai at the same time as the written Torah, and it does specify the "MANNER" in which Jewish circumcision is to be done. It was codified in the Mishnah some 170 years later than the events described here and is largely contained in Shabbat 9:3, 18:3, 19:1-6; Pesachim 3:7; Megillah 2:4; N'darim 3:11; Arakhin 2:2; K'ritot 1:1 and N'ga'im 7:5. The "YOKE" Peter refers to in Acts 15:5 and 15:10 may be the "YOKE of the mitzvot" (B'rakhot 2:2 & Sifra 57b) (TALMUDIC ORAL LAW). In other words, "circumcise ... keep the (ORAL) law of Moses" (Acts 15:5). Paul refers to this "YOKE of bondage" in Galatians 5:1 and thus means circumcision after the ORAL manner prescribed by Moses. Remember that the WRITTEN LAW is "a law of LIBERTY" (James 2:10-12). But when refering to the Talmud -- an attempt to "build a fence around the (WRITTEN) LAW" (Aboth 1:1), Jesus said, "You have made the commandment of God of none effect by your (ORAL) TRADITION" (Matt.15:6). Christ the WRITTEN WORD of God made flesh (John 1:1,14) said "My YOKE is easy and my burden light" (Matt.11:28-30). Yes, the Gentiles must obey the Torah: "As they continue going to the synagogues they will hear the WRITTEN LAW of Moses every week and become obedient" (Acts 15:21). The accusation that Paul "teachest all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children (according to Gen.17:10-12), neither to walk after the customs" (including washings -- v.24) was false. These charges were "NOTHING" "but ... thou thyself walkest orderly, and keepest the (WRITTEN) law" (Acts 21:21--24). Paul believed "all things which are WRITTEN in the law" (Acts 24:14) and had committed no offense against the Torah (25:8). He hadn't even violated the ORAL traditions himself (28:17). When Paul wrote, a Gentile initiated into the community of Israel had to first immerse
himself in a mikveh, second offer a sacrifice at the temple and third be circumcised. This initiation rite obligated him to obey the Pharisaic ORAL torah (the Talmud). This is probably the reason why the Greek Titus wasn't "compelled to be circumcised" (Gal.2:3) immediately upon conversion. Actually Christ himself upheld the law of circumcision by using the well known circumcision-overrides-Sabbath precedent to prove the healing-overrides-Sabbath incident (John 7:21-24). The physical act was not replaced by the spiritual meaning as we go from the Old to New Testaments. The spiritual meaning is found in the Old Testament (Lev.26:41; Deut.10:16; 30:6; Jer.4:4; 6:10). The physical act is merely de-emphasized as Romans 2:28-29 should be rendered, "For he is not (only) a Jew who is one outwardly; neither (only) is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; But (also) he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and (also) circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit (also) and not (only) in the letter; whose praise is not of men (only), but of God (also)."
Leah's Mandrakes An Aphrodisiac?
"Mandrake" means "love plant" in Hebrew. The scientific name is Mandragora officinarum. (Its near relation, Atropa belladonna, is the source of Atropine -- an important medicinal drug.) The root of the plant looks like the human body. The fruit that Reuben found is small and varies in color from yellow to bright red. It resembles a tomato but is too poisonous to eat. The fruit was thought to promote fertility. The plant has a narcotic odor (Song 7:13). A narcotic was anciently prepared from this plant which would dull the senses, induce sleep and with prolonged use would become addictive. The irony is that the mandrakes did nothing for Rachel who hoped they would remove her sterility, but Leah sold them and gained another son as a result. Since Reuben found the mandrakes "in the days of the wheat harvest," we know that Leah became pregnant in May or June. Perhaps Issachar was conceived on Pentecost which usually occurs in early June.
Various drugs such as marijuana and L.S.D. have also been used to increase sexual desire or excitement. These APHRODISIACS are illegal and harmful. The Bible condemns those who take drugs merely for the thrill of it. Galatians 5:19-21 describes the "works of the flesh" and "witchcraft" is included. This word "witchcraft" is translated from the Greek word "PHARMAKEIA" which means "MEDICATION" or "PHARMACY" (#5331, Strong's). Those who take drugs for the high they receive are actually practicing "witchcraft." Christ refused the drug customarily offered to the victim before crucifixion to help deaden pain (Matt.27:34) and he accepted only "vinegar" later (v.48) to quench his thirst.Historically, the people who used drugs were usually idol worshippers, enchanters or temple magicians. But "Neither repented they of their ... sorceries" (Rev.9:21). The Greek word used here is "PHARMAKEIA" also. We know that the "sorcerers ... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Rev.21:7-8). The Greek word used here is "PHARMAKEUS" which means "An enchanter with drugs" (p.916, Young's) or a "DRUGGIST" or "PHARMACIST" (#5332, Strong's). In Revelation 22:15 we read that "sorcerers" ("PHARMAKOS") are not allowed inside New Jerusalem (#5333, Strong's). This word means the same as #5332. It is interesting that our drug-based medical profession today is symbolized by two SNAKES entwined around MERCURY'S staff and the symbol for "perscription" is "RX" which came from Egypt and referred to the "EYE of HORUS" (The Body by A.E. Nourse, p.10) or to the pagan symbol for JUPITER.
Revelation 18:23 describes describes a prostitute who has drugged her male clients by her "sorceries" ("PHARMAKEIA," #5331). Clearly the Bible condemns APHRODISIACS. Police officers tell us that sexual fornication and adultery are the immediate and major activities resulting from the smoking of marijuana. Using marijuana causes loose morals. Regular users of L.S.D. are always talking about "love." When they say "Make love, not war," they are referring to sexual intercourse, not disarmament treaties.
Even alcohol is commonly used to SEDUCE or pacify a reluctant sexual partner. "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies" (Hab.2:15; NIV). This is the purpose of many cocktail parties today.
Did Lot Offer His Daughters to Homosexuals?
Now we come to Genesis 19 and the account of the men of Sodom. Here we read that "the MEN of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter. And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the MEN who came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them (GANG RAPE them). And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold, now, I have two DAUGHTERS who have not known MAN; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes; only unto these MEN do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof" (Gen.19:4-8).
Lot is called 'RIGHTEOUS" (2 Pet.2:8) and yet he offered his daughters to the Sodomites to do with as they pleased. Thus we are forced to conclude he must have been BLUFFING. Lot copied his uncle Abraham's strategy of LYING to the UNGODLY. Exodus 20:16 says, "Thou shalt not bear FALSE WITNESS against thy NEIGHBOR" and a "NEIGHBOR" is defined as someone who shows MERCY or KINDNESS toward you (Luke 10:37). These Sodomites were not "NEIGHBORS" of Lot. Therefore Lot LIED to them.
Lot knew his daughters wouldn't be desired by PERVERTS and QUEERS. Only those Sodomites who were bisexual would remain there. Thus the odds would be more even. Furthermore, being a JUDGE in the city (19:1,9; cp. Deut.16:18), Lot may have been aware of certain municipal LAWS which protected his daughters' rights as citizens. The two visitors had no such rights. Lot was probably made a judge by the people of Sodom because his uncle Abraham had saved the city in a previous battle (Gen.14).
Are Homosexuals Born That Way?
Homosexuals are made, not born. Homosexuality is a learned behavior -- not inherited or hormonal. One's identity is formed at an early age and then reinforced. A child is moulded primarily by its parents. As British psychologist and theologian Elizabeth Moberly wrote, A "homosexual orientation does not depend on a genetic predisposition, hormonal imbalance, or abmormal learning processes, but on difficulties in the parent-child relationship, especially in the earlier years of life." Dr. Moberly holds that "the homosexual -- whether man or woman -- has suffered from some deficit in the relationship with the parent of the same sex; and that there is a corresponding drive to make good this deficit -- through the medium of same-sex, or 'homosexual,' relations." (from Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic, 1983; emphasis added).
Based on years of counseling experience, Carl A. Medinger, director of a group which helps reform homosexuals, describes the way this theory works in greater detail. "It seems that a little boy is created with a desire and need for a father's love, for his touch, affection, affirmation, approval, etcetera. And for any number of reasons he sometimes doesn't get it. Sometimes the father is just a distant kind of person. Other times, he's got two jobs. Other times, he's a drunkard or deserted the family.... To try to ease the pain, he (the child) detaches from the father.... the boy has a legitimate same-sex love need that has never been met.... it becomes a craving for another man sexually. The other thing that happens is that he has cut himself off from the person whom God put there to be his ROLE MODEL, to show him what it means to be a man. That wall is there and the boy doesn't take on the beginnings of a manly character and personality, the masculine traits. So he gets a little older and he doesn't know who he is.... those things that seem to be inherently masculine -- the DESIRE TO PREVAIL, to COMPETE-- isn't in him. So he feels different, inferior to other boys, and real rejection sets in. Thus, in the adult homosexual, you have a man who has an unmet love need, which has become sexualized, and who has an inadequate identity of himself as a man" (pp.8-9, Aug.31, 1987, The New American).
Yes, the causes of homosexuality are a WEAK-WILLED, emotionally DISTANT FATHER who doesn't provide a CLOSE and LOVING relationship for his son or daughter. His daughter loses respect for all men because he is so weak. Female homosexuals have often had very poor relationships with their fathers as children. When the son doesn't have a close relationship with his father,he tries to make up for it later by loving all men. Most homosexual sons both hate and fear their fathers. A warm, supportive, masculine father practically rules out homosexuality in a boy. But a detached, hostile, or indifferent father is the recipe for homosexuality.
In addition, a dominant, overprotective, overintimate, emotionally smothering mother who constantly monitors her son's behavior and stifles him, destroys his masculinity. She is so overpossessive and indulgent that her son cannot later become unattached and independent of her. He becomes a sissy and later resents all women. It is no accident that homosexuals are usually found in the arts and fashion world. A daughter develops an unnatural love for all women. Yes, "abnormal mother-son intimacy" (p.1008, Diseases) is one cause of Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence in the male. One cause of transsexualism is "early psychological defect in the mother-child bond" (p.110, Diseases). Three-quarters of the mothers of homosexual men had a "puritanical" or frigid attitude toward sex according to Bieber's Homosexuality.
Another contributing factor toward homosexual tendencies occurs later in life. When men or women are isolated from those of the opposite sex, homosexual tendencies start to develop. We see this in prisons, pirate tradition, all-male boarding schools, the military, and celibate priesthoods. It is a "doctrine of demons" to forbid Catholic priests from marrying (1 Tim.4:1-3). When men don't have access to women, they turn to SODOMY. Perhaps the community of Sodom was a company town with few women present. Yes, "RAPES do occur between persons of the same sex, especially in prisons, schools, hospitals and other institutions" (p.172, Diseases). Children of divorced parents will tend to be unbalanced simply because the one parent has to fill the shoes of the other thereby blurring the male/female differences. If one of the parents is gone, the other parent should try to find an adequate substitute such as an uncle, big brother or boyfriend in the case of a single mother.
Alternate Lifestyle Or Abomination Deserving Death?
Is homosexuality an acceptable alternative? "Dr. Paul Cameron of the Institute for Scientific Investigation of Sexuality, reports that the homosexual murder rate is 15 TIMES HIGHER than that for heterosexuals. The likelihood that a murderer is a homosexual is 12 TIMES GREATER in most mass homicides." (p.264, Biblical Principles) "FIFTY PERCENTof suicides and homicides in the large cities can be attributed to homosexuals" (p.21, Liberalism, A Rope Of Sand by Don Boys).
According to a study by the institute for the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality in Lincoln, Nebraska, homosexual men, when compared to heterosexual males, are 14 times more apt to have ever had SYPHILIS, eight times more apt to have had HEPATITIS, and three times more likely to have had GONORRHEA, GENITAL WARTS or LICE. Homosexual women were also found to have had a higher incidence of disease when compared to heterosexual women (p.7, The New American, Jan.19, 1987). Also, "With only 4% of the adult population, sodomites account for 71% of AIDS fatalities, 49% of all SYPHILIS, 51% of THROAT GONORRHEA and 53% of INTESTINAL INFECTIONS" in the United States. The average homosexual male may have more than 1,600 "partners" during his active sex life. This is one reason for the rampant growth of AIDS among homosexuals (pp.264-265, Biblical Principles). "Currently, in most urban areas of the United States, over half of the reported cases of INFECTIOUS SYPHILIS occur in homosexual men" (The AIDS and Infections of Homosexual Men, 1984).
The "incidence of AIDS and other VENEREAL DISEASES are more prevalent in states and cities where sodomy has been legalized. San Francisco (Sodom-by-the-Bay) passed "gay rights" ordinance in 1978;since then, "SEX DISEASES" have risen some 2,400%" (p.265, Biblical Principles). But "Sodomy is considered a 'crime against nature' in half the states of the United States" (p.26, Jan.19, 1987, The New American). The "incidence of both type A and type B HEPATITIDES appears to be rising among homosexuals, presumably because of oral and anal sexual contact" (p.727, Diseases). They reap what they sow. "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind" (Hos.8:7). "Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity" (Hos. 10:13)
The PURITY of BLOOD banks has been ENDANGERED by homosexual donors who have AIDS. ABC TV's 20/20 program (Dec.4, 1986) informed the public that the nation's BLOOD supply is TAINTED with AIDS. Since 1979 over 26 million blood transfusions have been administered, and it is now thought that a substantial number of those TRANSFUSIONS were CONTAMINATED. An AIDS screening system was not developed until March 1985, and it is unable to detect certain strains of the rapidly mutating AIDS virus. Most of the 6,349 Americans who got AIDS from contaminated blood as of 1992, received it from homosexuals (Amer. Journal Public Health, 1992).
"AIDS can even be spread by CASUAL CONTACT at public gatherings, etcetera. The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine cited diseased homosexual FOOD HANDLERS as a major cause of increase in amebiases and hepatitis in San Francisco and Minneapolis" (p.266, Biblical Principles). The "AIDS virus has been isolated from BLOOD, SEMEN, SERUM, SALIVA, URINE and now TEARS. If the virus exists in these fluids, the better part of wisdom dictates that we assume the possibility that it can also be transmitted by these routes. It seems reasonable, therefore, that AIDS victims should not DONATE BLOOD or blood products, should not contribute to SEMEN BANKS, should not donate tissues or organs to ORGAN BANKS, should not work as DENTAL or MEDICAL TECHNICIANS, and should probably not be employed as FOOD HANDLERS." (Dr. Richard Restack, Washington Post, Sept.8, 1985). In addition, "the AIDS virus is transmitted in BREAST MILK" from mother to child (A1, Seattle Times, Sat. April 25, 1992). AIDS victims should not breast feed their young. The "AIDS lentivirus can remain infectious outside the body for up to TEN DAYS" (p.110, The AIDS Cover-up? by Gene Antonio).
The Centers for Disease Control on November 15, 1985 and April 11, 1986 issued recommendations for preventing transmission of AIDS between dentists and patients. These recommendations, including the wearing of MASKS and GLOVES, have been adopted by the nation's dentists. Furthermore, the Washington State Dental Disciplinary Board recently passed some of the toughest new infection- control regulations in the nation. Dentists are now required to HEAT-STERILIZE dental equipment after use on each patient; use NEW GLOVES each time a different patient's mouth is touched; WEAR MASKS during most procedures except when a mask might hinder the procedure; WEAR GOGGLES when splatter is expected; USE PROTECTIVE COVERS on instrument trays, light handles and other equipment; and test sterilize equipment at least once a week to ensure it is properly sterilizing instruments. (A2, Seattle Times, Wed. June 3, 1992).In London an intruder and guest had a fist-fight at a wedding reception. Both men sustained facial injuries with PROFUSE BLEEDING. The intruder was HIV-1 positive. The guest tested positive in two weeks (Lancet 1992, p.246). Also, "SALIVA was the mode of transmission from a man with transfusion-acquired AIDS to his wife. Their relationship was, according to Dr. Jerome Groopman of Harvard, "LIMITED TO KISSING" (Lancet, Dec.22/29, 1984). The Gay Men's Health Crisis recognizes the threat of aerosol-borne infections. In its literature it advises: "Persons with AIDS who are COUGHING should cover their mouths with tissues or handkerchiefs." Dr. Walter R. Dowdle, in a pamphlet distributed by the Department of Health and Human Services, advises: "Do not share toothbrushes, razors, or other items that could be contaminated with blood." Dr. William A. Hazeltine stated that "AIDS may, in fact, be transmissible by TEARS, SALIVA, BODILY FLUIDS and MOSQUITO BITES." The percentage of AIDS cases among people who have no identifiable risk ranges from 22 percent statewide in Florida to 50 percent in the cases of Belle Glade, Florida. "BLOOD-SUCKING INSECTS, mosquitos and bedbugs) are a logical means of transfer of blood-borne agents, especially in the tropics," Dr. Mark E. Whiteside wrote in Genetic Engineering News, (Nov.-Dec. 1986). At least five, and perhaps as many as 30 patients had been infected with HIV by HEALTH CARE WORKERS as of 1992 (Annals Internal Medicine, 1992).
"CONDOMS fail from 15 to 44 percent of the time in preventing pregnancies, and yet our government wants teens to trust them to protect them from receiving a virus which is 450 times smaller than the sperm they fail to stop" -- James Dobson's open letter of Feb.13, 1992. "Safe sex" is not safe. Furthermore, researchers have found HOLES IN LATEX SURGICAL GLOVES that are big enough to allow ten AIDS viruses to pass through them side by side (Focus On The Family Newsletter, 2-13-92, p.2). In addition, the Food And Drug Administration announced that over fifty patients and health care workers have died from ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK due to exposure to latex. Latex is in hundreds of products (e.g. gloves, condoms, dental dams). The FDA spokesman noted, "It is possible to become allergic to latex from continued use" (Wall Street Journal, 2-25-92).
"About 70 percent of AIDS victims throughout the country are male HOMOSEXUALS and BISEXUALS" (p.15, The Koop Report, Oct.22, 1986). Then promiscuous HOMOSEXUALS infect intravenous DRUG USERS, hemophiliacs, blood recipients and PROSTITUTES. They in turn pass the virus on to PROMISCUOUS heterosexuals who infect their wives, who then infect their children. Meanwhile, the general public is never completely safe because of casual methods of transmission. Yes, AIDS is a DIVINE JUDGMENT from God. The fact that innocent victims also suffer and die is not due to God being unfair. Instead, it is due to a lawless society which doesn't enforce the death penalty for HOMOSEXUALITY or QUARANTINE for innocent victims who test positive. The AIDS virus is proving to be an amazingly resourceful foe, constantly changing itself to escape new medicines and the body's own defenses. No effective treatment is in sight, nor is a vaccine near.
The Bible teaches that homosexuals should be executed and that the innocent individuals infected should be quarantined. RIGHTS are PROPORTIONAL to RESPONSIBILITIES. The Eternal destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.19:14-18). Lot was vexed with the FILTHY conduct of Sodom (2 Pet. 2:4-9). Jude 7 says that the Sodomites went after "strange flesh" (or "other flesh"). They are called "FILTHY dreamers" (Jude 8). The "strange flesh" refers to men having sex with other men.
Legend says Lot had at least five daughters. One was executed by the Sodomites (Jasher 19:35) and at least two others remained in Sodom married to Lot's "sons-in-law" (Gen.19:14). His last two daughters had "not known man" (Gen.19:8) and escaped the destruction. It was out of concern for the two daughters that remained in the city that Lot's wife Ado looked back according to Jasher 19:52.
Our western world today is just as sinful as Sodom and Gomorrah (Lam.4:6; Ez.16:48-56). Christ prophesied that our world today would be like Sodom was just before its destruction (Luke 17:26-33). Isaiah 1:9 and 3:9 indicate that Israel followed the sins of Sodom. Yes, in the United States "they declare their sin like Sodom; they hide it not" (Isa.3:9). Playboy magazines, X-rated videos and theaters, gay bars and gay bath-houses, television shows making fornication and adultery appear glamorous, homosexual marches down main street and "gay rights." As Leviticus 18:22-29 says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is ABOMINATION. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.... therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof ... For whosoever shall commit any of these ABOMINATIONS (not "alternate lifestyles"), even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people." Leviticus 20:13 says, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an ABOMINATION; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them" (see also Deut.23:17-18).
Our president should follow King Asa of Judah. "Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Eternal ... And he took away the SODOMITES out of the land" (1 Ki.15:11-12; 22:46). Josiah also "broke down the houses of the SODOMITES, that were by the house of the Eternal, where the women wove hangings for the grove" (2 Kings 23:7). As Job 36:13-14 says, "But the godless reap his anger. They do not even return to him when he punishes them, so they die in their prime, like MALE PROSTITUTES, worn out" (Tay; NEB). "Dr. Paul Cameron, a medical researcher, did a five-year study on the lifespan of homosexuals by studying the obituary section of a leading gay newspaper -- The Washington Blade. Cameron's conclusion was that the median age of death of homosexuals is 43, with only one percent of homosexuals living to age 65." (The McAlvaney Intelligence Advisor, April 1992). Amos 4:11 and Zechariah 3:2 both mention "FAGGOTS" or firebrands -- homosexuals -- quick-burning, hot, and long whose god is their appetite (Phil 3:19). "FAGGOT" has an ancient origin. Homosexuals were always called quick-burning sticks. When the Bible condemns the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth, it is actually condemning both PROSTITUTION and HOMOSEXUALITY. Priestesses were temple prostitutes as in the case of 1 Samuel 2:2 where "the sons of Eli LAY with the WOMEN that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation" and sodomites were male temple prostitutes. The words for "SODOMITE," "SANCTUARY" and "CONSECRATED" are almost identical in Hebrew (See Strong's #6942 to #6945) indicating that SODOMITES devoted their bodies to be used for religious PROSTITUTION. The worship of Baal and Ashtoreth consisted in the most extravagant orgies. (p.166, Halley's Bible Handbook)
Even in the New Testament we find that homosexuals should be executed. As Paul said, "God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change (exchange) the natural use for that which is against nature; And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned (lit. "burned out") in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet (fitting)" (VENEREAL DISEASE) ... Who, knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them" (Rom.1:26-32). "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither FORNICATORS (Strong's #4205: a male prostitute or one who sells others for sexual abuse --whoremonger), nor IDOLATERS, nor ADULTERERS (Strong's #3432: male paramours or illicit lovers), nor EFFEMINATE (Strong's #3120: soft, a catamite. A boy kept by a man who has sex with him), nor ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND (Strong's #733: A sodomite; one who defiles himself with men) ... shall inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor.6:9-10; Eph.5:5-6).
Of course, repentant HOMOSEXUALS who have changed must be allowed in the assembly if there is no danger to others. As Paul said, "such were (not are) some of you; but ye are washed" (1 Cor.6:11). All have sinned in one way or another. It's just that we are "not to keep company" with any person who "is called a brother" but CONTINUES in sin (1 Cor.5:11). Yes, "from such turn away" (2 Tim.3:5). HOMOSEXUALS "defile themselves with mankind" (1 Tim.1:10) and are "Without natural affection" for members of the opposite sex (2 Tim.3:3). "DOGS" will not be allowed in the city of New Jerusalem (Rev.22:14-15). These "DOGS" were a class of servants attached to pagan temples and used as MALE PROSTITUTES. Deuteronomy 23:17 defines a "DOG" as a SODOMITE.
Because of the fact that female homosexuals -- LESBIANS -- do not exchange body fluids readily or enter one another's bodies naturally, diseases are not transmitted as easily. Therefore, some people wonder if females deserve the death penalty. However, Paul made it clear that the law also includes LESBIANS when he said, "for even their WOMEN did change the natural use for that which is against nature ... Who, knowing the judgment of God, that they who commit such things are WORTHY OF DEATH, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them" (Rom.1:26-32). The Torah often mentions "man" when it means mankind (Lev.18:22-29; 20:13). Even though scripture is directed toward men, God is not a respecter of persons (Rom.2:11; Eph.6:9). LESBIANS are just as guilty as SODOMITES.
Quarantine In The Bible
The Bible teaches that HOMOSEXUALS should be executed and the innocent victims infected should be QUARANTINED. "And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent (torn), and his head bare (bald), and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip (handkerchief), and shall cry, 'unclean, unclean.' All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell ALONE; without the camp shall his habitation be" (Lev.13:45-46). We read of four lepers who were SHUT OUTSIDE the walls of Samaria during a siege (2 Ki. 7:3). King Uzziah when stricken with the disease had to dwell in a "SEPARATE HOUSE" (also called a "lazar house") until the day of his death, and might not come into the house of the Lord (2 Chr.26:21). The lepers in the gospel accounts were treated the same way apparently. Josephus tells us that the surrounding nations made no attempt to ISOLATE their lepers, and allowed them to hold high office of state, and to visit temples (Ant.3:11:4). Our word "QUARANTINE" actually comes from the Bible. It was noticed in Italy in the fourteenth century (1350 A.D.) that Jews escaped lightly when others died in epidemics of plague, and it was rightly concluded that this might be due to their laws of uncleanness after touching dead bodies. So the Jewish code was made compulsory on the whole community, and at a later date, a period of FORTY DAYS of ISOLATION, taken from that mentioned in the law of Moses (Lev.12:1-4) became recognized as the proper time. The Italian word for forty is "QUARENTA," hence our word "QUARANTINE." Whoever buried the dead became unclean for a week, and had to live in ISOLATION outside the camp. He must undergo the usual ceremonies, which included bathing, and washing his clothes, before he could return to the community and be clean again (Num.5:3,4; 19:11-22). We now think this is unnecessarily long for most infections. If the deceased had died of smallpox, or bubonic plague, or some other contageous disease, these precautions would have been very valuable and effective. We do not observe them now, because we can distinquish between the dangerous and the harmless, but they could not, and it was therefore safer to treat all alike (The Bible And Modern Medicine, A. Rendle Short, M.D., F.R.C.S., pp.43-46). Leprosy spread over southern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries until the principles of Moses were enacted. Black plague was also brought under control by using Leviticus 13 (Medical Science And The Bible, R. William, 1948, p.244; History Of Public Health, George Rosen, pp.63-65). As Dr. Richard Restak noted: "QUARANTINES have been very effective in beating outbreaks of scarlet fever, small pox and typhoid in this century.... Throughout history true humanitarianism has traditionally involved the compassionate but firm SEGREGATION of those afflicted with communicable disease from the well. By carrying out such a policy, diseases have been contained" (pp.37-38, The New American, Jan.19, 1987).
The U.S. Navy has been testing and EXCLUDING HIV infected recruits and REMOVING HIV infected sailors since 1986. The result has been a declining rate of those infected: from 3.6 per 1000 in the first quarter of 1986 to .5 per 1000 in the last quarter of 1989. The general population uses education and its infection rate continues upward (American Journal of Public Health, 1992).
The Woman Is Like The Moon
In Genesis 37:9-10 we read that Joseph dreamed a dream in which his father Jacob was symbolized by the sun and his mother Leah (Rachel was dead -- 35:19) was symbolized by the moon and his eleven brothers were typified by eleven of the twelve starry constellations.
This symbolism can be explained as a reference to the woman's MENSTRUAL CYCLE. The moon was originally created with a precise 28-day sidereal orbit around the earth. The time it takes the moon to orbit 360 degrees around the earth today is about 27 and 1/3 days (sidereal month). In other words, the time it takes the moon to realign with the same star.
In the same way, the Bible reveals that the synodical month used to be exactly 30 days long (cp. Gen.7:11,24 & 8:3-4; cp. Rev.11:2 & 13:5). In the time of Moses, the month was 30 days long since Numbers 20:29 and Deuteronomy 34:8 and 21:13 mention mourning "a full month" for the dead and this is defined as 30 days. This was the time it took the moon to realign with the sun. Today this month is 29 and 1/2 days.
Since the woman's MENSTRUAL CYCLE averages 28 days, any man who knew anything about astronomy prior to Hezekiah's time (when the earth changed its orbit -- Isa.38:8; 2 Ki.20:10), could have practiced the rhythm method of birth control simply by looking up at the moon and aligning it with the same star every 28 days. Thus he could avoid days 11 through 16 quite easily and not get his wife pregnant. But today this is no longer the case. The moon is slightly out of synchronization with most women now. Perhaps in the future God will re--create that lost, romantic world in which the moon was not only a clock and a light, but also a BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE. That is why it is visible at night, because that is when most sexual intercourse takes place.
When the moon is full, on the fourteenth day of the month, it seems to typify OVULATION. But the sun, just like the man, is always bright or ready to FERTILIZE the egg. The moon becomes "like blood" (Rev.6:12) and seems to typify MENSTRUATION. Men want to have sex much more than women do, Yes, "female sexual desire tends to be somewhat cyclical correlated with the menstrual calendar whereas males are
acyclical" (What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women, Dobson, p.114). Yes, the man is the direct image of God (Gen.1:26). But the woman is the reflected image of God through man (1 Cor.11:7). Just as a woman loves a man after a man first loves that woman, so also it is with the church and Christ. The church assembly is the bride of Christ. "We love him, because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). We, as the church or woman, are reflected light back at the "Sun of righteousness" (Mal.4:2). He first shined on us and then we shined back. That is why the husband must first love his wife (Eph.5:25,28). The man must initiate, just as Christ does with the church assembly. It is almost impossible for a woman to give love to the man first
Menstruation & Ovulation Represent Passover
Coming to Exodus 12, we read about BLOOD being put "on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses" where the Israelites ate the lambs on the fourteenth day of the month just after it began at evening (Ex.12:6-7). The first-born Israelite was inside.
In the same way, the woman MENSTRUATES BLOOD on the first two to five days of the month. Since MENSTRUATION is a sign that the woman is not pregnant, the BLOOD around the door was a sign to the death angel that the house was not occupied. This is the meaning of MENSTRUATION -- the woman is not pregnant so there's no need for an abortion. But this unnatural MENSTRUATION occurs on the 14th instead of the first because it pictures CHRIST'S SUBSTITUTE DEATH on Passover, Nisan 14, rather than normal human death (MENSTRUATION). This 14th day is when OVULATION takes place and the ovum is inside. So we see that MENSTRUATION symbolizes the death of Christ so that the ovum can be fertilized with life. He paid the death penalty so that the limited life span of an ovum -- less than 24 hours that it can be fertilized -- can be given human life. In the same way, humans have a limited 70-year lifespan unless they receive the Holy Spirit from God the Father. The "destroyer" of Exodus 12:23 would be the termination of the ovum before the sperm got to it.
SEX and REPRODUCTION are actually the physical type of IMMORTALITY in the spiritual realm. God lives forever. Physical men decay and grow old. In order to portray humans as LIVING FOREVER, God had to invent SEX whereby the descendants look, think and act like their ancestors. In this way, God created a physical way of portraying IMMORTALITY even though it doesn't exist in the physical realm.
God is reproducing himself. Christians are the eggs that are fertilized with the Holy Spirit of eternal life (sperm or divine life -- 2 Pet.1:4). God and Christ are in a FATHER-SON relationship (John 14:28. Jesus is the "firstborn" (by his resurrection) of many BRETHREN (Rom.8:29). Christ and his true church are engaged to be married (Eph.5:25-27; Rev.19:7). They are in a HUSBAND-WIFE relationship. Humans, created in the physical image of God, may receive the gift of God's Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39, the sperm, and become embryonic CHILDREN of God (Rom.8:14-17). And "if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make immortal) your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you" (Rom.8:11). Those thus begotten of God are baptised into (that is, immersed into or put into) God's church or bride (1 Cor.12:13). This is the MOTHER-CHILD relationship. The human embryo or fetus (Christian) is fed and protected inside the mother's womb. The church of God is "the MOTHER of us all" (Gal.4:26; Heb.12:22-23). The church must "FEED the flock" with spiritual food from the Bible (Matt,4:4) and PROTECT Christians from false doctrine. The church is "for the perfecting of the saints ... for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (full grown, spiritual) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph.4:12-13). Till we all come to the nine-month term PREGNANCY known as the resurrection. The begotten Christian must grow spiritually -- develop character (2 Pet.3:18) -- to be ready to be born as a spirit being -- composed of spirit -- just as a physical fetus GROWS toward physical birth as a human. At Christ's coming, he will marry his church and the begotten mortal heirs will become the "BORN AGAIN" immortal inheritors of God's household family known as the Kingdom of God. Christians will enter into the ruling government FAMILY of God. A kingdom is a government.
God is presently forming us in his SPIRITUAL IMAGE inside the church. Creation is still going on (2 Cor.5:17). God said, "Let us make man in our image" (Gen.1:27) -- both physically and spiritually. We must develop the CHARACTER of RIGHTEOUSNESS. God allows man free moral agency and the right to exercise free choice in order that man can develop SELF-DISCIPLINE. Godly CHARACTER takes a lifetime to develop. Its a matter of choosing to DO RIGHT rather than wrong even if you desire to do wrong. Choices become HABITS and HABITS become SET PATTERNS. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a HABIT" -- Aristotle. "Success is the sum of small efforts, REPEATED day in and day out" -- Robert Collier.
So we see that the MOTHER is the HOUSE in Exodus. Her VAGINA is the DOOR. MENSTRUATION is the BLOOD of the LAMB around the door. The FOURTEENTH day (OVULATION) is PASSOVER. The DESTROYER is the normal DEATH of the ovum in less than 24 hours if not impregnated by sperm.
Before we proceed further, let us notice what secular, non-religious books teach about pregnancy and childbirth. On page 55 of Conception, Birth and Contraception we find a diagram illustrating that OVULATION occurs on day fourteen of a woman's cycle. On page 57 we read that "fertilization occurs on the fourteenth day of the MENSTRUAL cycle." On page 93 we read about "a perfectly regular twenty-eight day cycle." Yes, the MENSTRUAL cycle is 28 days on the average (p.300, art. "Menstruation" Acad. Amer. Encyc.). "At midcycle, day 14, the oocyte within this follicle matures, the follicle ruptures, and OVULATION occurs with the release of the mature oocyte down the fallopian tube" (p.301, ibid.) "About midway through the MENSTRUAL CYCLE, 14 to 15 days before the next period, the ovary releases the mature egg in a process called OVULATION" (p.180, art. "menstruation," Funk & Wagnalls New Encyc.). "The human female normally has a 28-day reproductive, or MENSTRUAL CYCLE, with OVULATION usually occurring about 14 days before the onset of MENSTRUATION (p. 223, "Reproduction" Funk & Wagnalls). "The ovum is LIBERATED from the surface of the ovary around the 14th day of the cycle" (p.31, Stoppard's Pregnancy and Birth Book).
God designed WOMEN. God designed the MOON'S ORIGINAL ORBIT. God wrote the BIBLE. The fact that all three independent sources agreed with eachother originally is proof that one Master Designer produced all three.