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Selective Observance of Leviticus and other Torah Mitzvot (i.e. commandments)
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Most Christians are very adamant about the prohibition against same-sex relationships in Leviticus.  However, the same individuals and institutions seem to completely ignore the prohibition on shellfish and pork, even these prohibitions use nearly identical language?  Also, what about other prohibitions such as the wearing of mixed fabrics (wool & linen), which is in Deuteronomy?
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Shlomo, Jesus initiated the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) with His blood, which was shed on the cross to atone for the sins of everyone who puts their faith in Him. When I want to know if something is forbidden or not, I see if it is still forbidden under the New Covenant, which we read about in the New Testament.

For example, in Exodus, God instructs us to worship on Shabbat; however, that command is not repeated under the New Covenant. In fact, Jesus' followers are free to worship on any and all days, because all days belong to, and honor, Him. We read that Jesus' disciples often chose to worship together on "the Lord's Day," which is Sunday (the day that commemorates His resurrection). The "law of liberty," which you can read about in Romans chapter 14, discusses the freedom to worship on any and every day. Jesus Himself is our Sabbath rest (Mark 2:23-28). We are not to judge each in other in respect to the observance of days (Colossians 2:16-17).

By the same token, I read that no foods, including shellfish, are religiously unclean under the New Covenant (e.g. Matthew chapter 15, Mark chapter 7).

And so on with other questions: I ask, is _____ still forbidden under the New Covenant? And I search the New Testament for the answer.

When I consider the question of whether homosexuality (or other sexual sins, such as fornication and adultery) is still forbidden, as they were in the days of Leviticus, I search the New Testament, in which I read about the New Covenant instituted by Jesus (Hebrews 8:6-13).

And the answer I find there is "Yes, homosexuality is still forbidden under the New Covenant; so are fornication and adultery." Under the New Covenant, I read the following verses: Romans 1:26, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Jude 7; and Revelation 22:15.

Some people like to say that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. However, in Matthew 15:19, the word He uses for sexual immorality is porneiai, from which came our word "pornography." It covers all forms of fornication, including prostitution, adultery, fornication and homosexuality.


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