Kelly Soderlund has an article about writer A.J. Jacobs and his new book, “The Year of Living Biblically” in which he chronicles his attempt to live by every rule set forth in the bible. The article talks about, for example, his efforts to avoid menstruating women or sitting where they have sat as well as his having to purge mixed fiber clothing from his closet (keeping with the Biblical injunction against mixing wool & linen.)
This idea amuses me, not because I think the Bible lacks value as a spiritual guide; but because I’m annoyed by people who use the Bible as a pretext to indulge in their own prejudices. “We have to oppose the gays because the Bible commands it!” Yeah, well, the Bible commands a lot of crazy stuff. The Bible can be a guide to moral living, but there has to be some external guidance as well to help someone pick which Biblical commands are imperative and which ones are relics from a tribe of Bronze Age shepherds.