I have advice for young christians. Don’t ever read Leviticus. Just don’t bother.
Its not that I don’t get it on some level, this chapter is about priests super duper perfection rules. Its an attempt to create eden, the pre-fall world, in the fallen world.
So it reads like outrageous discrimination against disabilities, no imperfections in priests – it literally is against short people.
So it reads callous: they are to not show mourning or have anything to do with the dead (some exceptions for family).
But it’s meaning the priests to be like adam, not knowing death, not knowing the curse of creation broken.
Its impossible. Why bother? is the question clamouring at me. OK, its teaching us that we are fallen, that god is holy. But why a system designed to fail?
The old testament is profoundly depressing. It is impossible to read it and not conclude you are less holy than god, indeed you are not holy at all. The story of it is told repeatedly in excruciating detail.
Humanity is corrupt. We fail corporately, born into sin, its really not our fault, we don’t stand a chance.
Also, each individual is damned without grace. We personally fall short of God’s plan for us and deserve his wrath. Sinners, all, through and through, every which way.