"Pilgrims" crawl on bloody knees, sometime for miles... sometimes over shards of glass/pottery... to revere the Virgin Mary. And for centuries (if not millenia), zealots have been known to mutilate their bodies, including whipping themselves to a bloody pulp, in demonstration of pennance and other demonstrations of... ummmm... piety.
Yet, a man sleeps his left side for 390 days (then for 40 on my right), while facing a model of a city under siege that he built out of a clay tile and some sticks, rocks and an iron pan...
Personally, I don't think it is physically possible to follow the seige instructions because of the way the human body is made and the exercise it needs.
Further, what manner of medeival torture could compare to God's little shadow play?
I'm glad you cited the "Pilgrims who crawl on bloody knees". They are mentally ill people; surely you can see this. But, they don't do what they do for over a year continuously or they'd die. I hope somebody would stage an intervention!
This serves to illustrate that FAITH in scripture and belief in the UNbelieveable causes otherwise really wonderful people to abandon the stability of reasonable thought and plunge into the deep end of UN-thinking acceptance of cruelty.....just because God sanctions it.
The people in Jim Jones little paradise followed his orders to drink poisoned Kool-Aid and gave it their own beloved children FOR THE SAME REASON as YOU accept this Ezekiel passage as totally moral and justifiable.
PLEASE give this some thought!!