Background check vital
I refer to F Douglas’ letter ( South Waikato News, May 29).
The Bible is a collection of different books written by different people during some 1400 years.
It comprises law, history (personal and national), poetry, prophecy and letters.
The Bible was written at a different time, place, peoples and culture.
It contains general, ceremonial and hygiene laws. Some laws are specific to an area or people and culture and may have limited application. Other laws may have general application for all time.
Therefore, when taking a verse out of the Bible, we must know its background: to whom was that verse addressed; for what purpose; does it have to be understood in the cultural context; does it have other geographical application as well; was the law to apply for all time?
Therefore, it is incorrect to pluck a verse out of the Bible without being aware of its background. Someone once wrote ‘‘A text out of context is a pretext’’.
B Steven’s quote relating to same-sex ‘‘marriage’’ was to have general application.
This is because God (or macroevolution as atheists believe) made humans as male and female differently – anatomically, biologically, hormonally and emotionally. This is the situation for all ages.
The trimming of hair was to keep the Israelites from imitating the pagan practices of their neighbours: Lev. 19:27.
The word ‘‘slaves’’ in the Bible is not what we understand it to mean today: Exod. 21:7. They were bonded servants.
F Douglas could check the rest himself.
J Fong Putaruru