Defile

neither shall ye defile yourselves.. Leviticus 11:44
ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy… Leviticus 11:45
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. Leviticus 11:47

It has been said that Leviticus it’s a very dry book. It’s the book of law and instructions to the Israelites. But today, I had a different view of it. It’s called paraphrasing. Although the context of the above is about food, food that goes into our body, and how it may defile the body.

If I can paraphrase body as soul, mind, thoughts, etc, everything that goes in has an opportunity to defile us. Yet the bible clearly commands us, “neither shall ye defile yourselves”. This indicates
1. an active effort to prevent getting defiled.
2. It does not mean defiled by accident, maybe a minority. But if it happens frequently, you are having far too many accidents.
So it means it does not happen by chance, but by a conscious effort to prevent, to avoid.

Why the hassle it seems? Because “ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy”.

That said, what the most common form of defilement that can creep into our body?
01. Internet
02. Advertisement
03. Words
04. News
05. Shopping Malls
06. Magazines
07. Gossips
08. Vocation
09. Hobbies
10. Sports
I’ve just rattled off 10 items which occured to me.

Wow! That’s ridiculous! I face this everyday! You want to snuff the life out of me to avoid all these! No.
As Moses noted “make a difference between the unclean and the clean”, and “between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten”

All the stuffs listed above contains both “Clean and Unclean”, “Edible and Non Edible”.

01. Internet
– This is the most awesome invention of the millenium. The vast knowledge of contains that is being contain therein contains both clean and unclean. Unclean 1st thing that comes into my my mind are pornography and soft porn. Whatever porn you call it, it’s porn. It should be avoided like a plague, avoided at all costs.
– Of course that are a whole horde of educational and good materials out there on the internet as well.

02. Advertisement
– You can either love them or hate them. There are many good adverts our there, and a whole bunch more that are horrendously unwholesome. Scantily clad ladies, violence, glorifying of things that God hates such as theft, gluttony, covetousness, etc.

03. Words
We all know that are good and bad words.

04. News
How can news be unwholesome? Have you seen gossip news? It’s making profits out of other’s misery. Many glorifies money and contains explicit advertisements within.

05. Shopping Malls
Just like the internet. Good and bad all in.

06. Magazines
Choose good wholesome magazines. Not FHM.

07. Gossips
I hate gossips. Especially when it degrades another. Recently I had a pretty good opinion of somebody until someone told me she’s just divorced, and committing adultery with another young chap, and on the verge of breaking up another’s family. Ok, maybe it was good that someone shed the light, but that stops there.

08. Vocation
Jobs! Can there be unwholesome jobs? Well, some jobs takes you away from God and family. Some jobs are just plain unwholesome such as prostitution, tobacco selling, etc.

09. Hobbies
There are good and bad hobbies. Computer gamings, are bad hobbies. Going movies, bad hobbies. I’m sure you can think of more.

10. Sports
I’d avoid those that are harmful to the body and cause stress to others such as sky diving, paracuting and bungee jumping. There are more bad effects than wholesome effects.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/11/19.

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