Saturday, July 1, 2017
Does God Prohibit Incest?
“Bishop tell me what you think. Should you turn in your parents if you realized you were conceived out of incest?”
I will start by contextualizing the story (which you can read here yourself). 32 year old Donna Price found out (through an aunt) that the people she has known as her parents from birth until this age were siblings. She conducted a DNA, and the results came back that the father is unknown, but the mother is the biological mother. However, she felt betrayed that these two siblings (who are half-sister and half-brother) had lived together. Consequently, she reported them to the police. The question they ask is “Was she right in doing that? Should you turn in your parents from a crime or sin like that?"
Jesus once said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (John 8:7).” What may be more egregious is the public spectacle she is making with her television rounds. It looks more like the Pharisees making a pompous round of honor after the death of Jesus. If there was a camera in her life 24/7, we will see that there are many laws that she has broken too. Notwithstanding, I will go directly into the theology of the saga.
The problem of incest is very complex. I want you to be open minded. Under the first four dispensations, God approved of incest. Yes, you heard me well. He did not condemn it. That is why God does not condemn Abraham when he married his half-sister-Sarah (Gen 20:12), Lot and his daughters had kids (Gen 19:35-38), Isaac and Rebecca were married (Gen 24: 1-4) and Amram- Moses’ Father married Jochabed-his aunt (Ex 6:20). Therefore, one married his half-sister, two had kids from their father, Isaac practiced endogamy, and the other married his aunt. There was not even a rebuke in any of them.
After Cain had killed Able, Adam and Eve had sons and daughters (Gen 5: 4). After Cain was banished from the clan, he became a wanderer. After Cain married, his wife got pregnant (Gen 4:17). They did not just have a child, but they had one who walked with God 365 years until God called him directly to heaven without him passing through death (Gen 5:24). It is certain that he married one of his sisters who was born after the death of Abel. People contend that this version is not true because there were people living before Adam and Eve. That is not what the Bible says, so we are not going to conjure.
Nevertheless, during the Dispensation of the Law, incest was elaborately forbidden thereiin (Leviticus 18:6-18; 20:11-17). Meanwhile, under the dispensation of Grace, it was not condemned. In the dispensation of Grace, Christs perfected the law. The law was now administered with equity-spirit. People have cited I Corinthians 5: 1-5. The condemnation herein was on fornication-illicit sex; it was not because it was his father’s wife. His father was still married to the woman, when he seized her from him. That is where the condemnation lies because God has always been against sex out of marriage. If incest was to take place in marriage, it would bear no condemnation.
In the dispensation of grace, there is no adoption or rejection of incest. The question then is, “is incest prohibited nowadays?” Although incest is not prohibited; it is not expedient. It is not expedient due to the unsavory health complications it brings. During the first four dispensations, their life span and health were robust, but we now live in a fragile state of unhealthiness that close sexual relationships will bring more complications. Paul said that all things are lawful, but all things are not expedian4t (I Cor 6:12; 10:23). Hence, incest per se today is not a sin (a moral wrong), albeit it is a legal wrong because there are laws against incest. In countries where incest is not prohibited, it is not morally and legally wrong.
Consequently, the young woman turning in her parents was being too overzealous and too over righteous, especially for a peccadillo like this which is not even prohibited in the scripture. Ecclesiastes 7:16 says, "Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?" Furthermore, her parents were half siblings and they got together without realizing that they were related. Once they did, they separated. Donna Price calling the police was totally pharisaical. Paul declared, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).” God has reserved a day when he will judge us all, and I am certain that he would have maintained the forgiveness he already granted her parents. More so, they are siblings, but only the mom is the biological parent. They go together by mistake. As such, going to the press is a money grubbing act rather than a righteousness act.
Until then, the young woman is wrong calling the police.
St Arrey of Ntenako.“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).
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