One thing is clear to me, we must know the content of the Bible. We must read it, meditate upon it, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, to open up the Word so that we might better understand it. Verses can be taken out of context, and misconstrued. The Bible is clear, its message is poignant - we need a savior, we need Jesus Christ. I'm currently reading through the Bible with those in my Sunday school class, and not too long ago I finished reading the Book of Leviticus (not an easy task). I was scratching my head at times thinking, "What is going on? Why are the punishments so severe? Why are people being struck down?" I do not have all of the answers. One thing I do know though is that the Israelites had to follow a strict set of laws, and sacrifice many animals in order to appear clean, sinless before God. Thankfully, we no longer live according to the Law because of what Jesus did on the cross. We are cleansed by His blood, and forgiven
of our sins through Him.