Archive for September 2008

"Where do people come up with this stuff?"

  Yesterday while running some personal errands I found myself at the store of a national cell phone provider. While making a purchase the salesperson helping me recognized my last name and asked if I was related to a girl he lived next door to and went to school with.

  
  Ironically I am not related to the girl, but I do know her. Below is an abridged version of the conversation that followed as best as my memory serves:
  
Salesperson#1:  She was Episcopalian or something I think.
Nathan: Non-denominational.
Salesperson#1: She had long hair. She could never cut it. And I think they have to wear long skirts, (no pants, or shorts).
(At this point his smart aleck co-worker chimed into the conversation):
Salesperson#2: That is so ridiculous. How about mini-skirts? Could she wear mini-skirts?
Salesperson#1: No. Had to be below the knee. Couldn’t see the knees I’m pretty sure.
Salesperson#2: (sighs with disgust) Where do people come up with this stuff?
  By this point I was impressed with Salesperson #1’s knowledge (and apparent respect) for a girl with obviously different values than himself, and was trying to keep my righteous indignation from stirring up to the point of ‘laying hands’ on Salesperson #2 so I simply answered;
Nathan: Deuteronomy Chapter 22.
  Both salesmen stopped their exchange suddenly, turning their attention back to me and my sale and didn’t say another word in regards to girls wearing skirts (at least not while I was still in the store).
  So last night I thought; I should post something on the blog that tells that story and explains plainly from the Bible some of the questions that people who have no understanding of holiness / etc always seem to ask.
  Below are a list of questions that seem to come up frequently along with simple Biblical answers.
Q. Why do the girls have to wear long skirts?
A. Deuteronomy 22:5
     “A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
(The verse above is from the King James Version. I accidentally searched NIV initially when looking for the correct wording for Deuteronomy 22:5, so I thought I would include a couple of other translations that I found interesting)
NIV says: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.”
New Century Version states: “A woman must not wear men’s clothes, and a man must not wear women’s clothes. The Lord your God hates anyone who does that.”
Q. Why can’t the girls cut their hair, and why do the boys have to have short hair?
A. I Corinthians 11
Verse 4 – “Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
Verse 5 – “But every woman prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered doshonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
Verse 6 – “For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”
Verse 13 – “Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
Verse 14 – “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
Verse 15 – But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.”
Q. What does the Bible say about homosexuals?
A. Romans 1:25-27 / Leviticus 18:22 / Leviticus 20:13
Romans 1
Verse 25 – “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Verse 26 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Verse 27 – And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
Leviticus 18:22 – “Though shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Leviticus 20:13 – “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.”
  Jesus said in Matthew 19:4; “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female”

  Genesis 19:4-13 & Judges 19:22-24 depicts two stories where homosexuality was attempted (both groups were destroyed).
  I hope this has been encouraging and helpful to some of you who get asked these sort of questions from time to time.
-Brother Nathan Bryant