OT Laws That Some People View As Unjust


#1

I was asked a question that I’m really unsure how to answer.

The person in question pointed me to several passages in the OT that say that God that for example crippled people cannot approach the altar etc. She said that she thinks that it is unfair and cannot understand why would all-good and just God ever want to do that.

Can you help me explain this?


#2

You won’t see people with deformities, or even only averagely attractive people, advertising products on TV. Or anchoring the news.

Why is God’s altar less important than TV?


#3

You won’t see people with deformities, or even only averagely attractive people, advertising products on TV. Or anchoring the news.

Why is God’s altar less important than TV?

Well, in all honesty, I don’t find this argument very persuasive. The reason why people with disabilities are not on TV is simply because of our fallen nature. We seek beauty in things that are material and look down on people who are not “pretty” according to our material standards. You are more not very likely to find an obese girl with a beautiful soul on a front cover of a magazine. What you are rather likely to see is a “beautiful” porn star.


#4

Although it’s not a Catholic article, this article goes in to detail on clean/unclean in the Old Testament.

There’s also an article at New Advent on Mosaic Legislation.


#5

Much of the physical things in the OT are figures of spiritual realities. For example leprosy was a figure of our souls infected by sin. Just as a leper had to bare his wounds to the priest, who would then offer the proper sacrifice so they could be healed, we must bare our spiritual wounds to the priest (by confessing them) and he applies the once and for all Sacrifice of Christ and heals us.

A crippled person could not approach the altar just as today someone who’s souls is deformed by original or mortal sin cannot approach the altar until they are first healed.


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