I have gone through the first 17 chapters of Leviticus. I’m not going to discuss all of the rules because that would be quite tedious and boring. Basically, what constitutes a sin+how to atone for it=Leviticus. Though the first thing I have to say is okay Bible, I got it the first time. Please stop repeating yourself.
Most of Leviticus talks about what to sacrifice and how to sacrifice it. What did I learn? God likes salt…
It also discusses what humans can and can’t eat. “You must not eat any fat or any blood.” There goes bacon, butter, and medium rare stakes. Though bacon is out anyway because pigs are a no no. But not for any good reason: pigs have split hooves, but they don’t eat grass. Rabbits are a no no for the exact opposite reason.
Blood is a funny thing in Leviticus. It purifies alters, but it’s considered unclean, in the holy sense, if one gets blood on them or eats blood, so they must cleanse themselves. There isn’t a whole lot of explanation as to why. It seems as though God really likes blood, but he doesn’t like it touching humans…unless they’re priests. What’s with putting blood on the right ear lobe, thumb, and big toes?
When the Israelites gave the food offering to God when Aaron was made a priest, God ate the food offerings. Or his glory did. So God is capable of eating. In fact, eating seems to be quite necessary. But when the people saw God eating, or the cloud of God’s glory, they fell down. Why did the people fall down?
Then God killed Aaron’s sons when they approached him. Moses said that it showed that God was holy. How is God holy for killing Aaron’s sons? Then Moses tells Aaron’s remain sons not to have ripped clothes or messy hair. God will turn on the Israelites if the priests have ripped clothes or unkempt hair? How is that moral? God’s rules seem quite arbitrary and…insane. Some make sense. It makes sense to not eat certain animals when they have a history of killing people with disease. But some are just silly.
The part about child birth and periods makes the sexism of the ancient culture obvious. Women are unclean for having periods, but periods are a sign that the woman can have children, which makes it possible for our species to continue. And the woman is unclean for longer if she has a girl than if she’d had a boy. Basically, women are secondary citizens. Why would we want to continue that belief today?
Sex requires bathing. I think most people would do that anyway, but it’s a silly law.
God will kill anyone who remains unclean in his dwelling. This is silly. Why is God so quick to murder over so little? How can anyone view him as moral?