One of the problems with moralism and adding to God’s Law is that it leads to all sorts of absurdities. Jesus often pointed these out during His public ministry, and you can read about them in the Gospels (see for example Matthew 11:25-12:21; 15:1-20 and Matthew 23). Adding to God’s Law not only leads to absurdities but to outright immoral behavior. The Apostle Paul warned against this and called such tendencies “religions of the flesh” (Galatians 5). Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have all stumbled in this area to the neglect of God’s grace which comes through the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ alone. A recent example of how trying to add and improve upon God’s law leads to absurdity and immorality is a recent debate among Saudi clerics over adult breastfeeding.
Women in Saudi Arabia should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to avoid breaking strict Islamic law forbidding mixing between the sexes, two powerful Saudi clerics have said. They are at odds, however, over precisely how the milk should be conveyed….
Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren’t related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.
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