Healing the Leper

It is 2014, and we still find people referencing the Bible or the Qur’an for advice – and law – about health. Here is a passage that describes how the Jewish priests taught about healing lepers:

According to the Law of Moses to which Jesus refers, the only way for a leper to be cleansed is to complete the most laborious and costly ritual, one that could be conducted solely by a priest. First the leper must bring the priest two clean birds, along with some cedarwood, crimson yarn, and hyssop. One of the birds must be sacrificed immediately and the living bird, the cedarwood, the yarn, and the hyssop dipped in its blood. The blood must then be sprinkled upon the leper and the living bird released. Seven days later, the leper must shave off all his hair and bathe himself in water. On the eighth day, the leper must take two male lambs, free of blemish, and one ewe lamb, also without blemish, as well as a grain offering of choice flour mixed with oil, back to the priest, who will make of them a burnt offering to the Lord. The priest must smear the blood from the offering on the leper’s right earlobe, on his right thumb, and on the big toe of his right foot. He must then sprinkle the leper with the oil seven times. Only after all of this is complete shall the leper be considered free of the sin and guilt that led to his leprosy in the first place; only then shall he be allowed to rejoin the community of God (Leviticus 14).

Aslan, Reza (2013-07-16). Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Kindle Locations 1861-1869).

With this kind of advice in the “holy books” and people actually taking the “holy books” seriously for life decisions, I am worried about impact on medical care and vaccination of innocent children. Recent pushback on vaccination in America has caused a resurgence of some diseases that had been all but eradicated.

And now I have to go to my healer for a bleeding to help me with my cold.

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