Maundy Thursday

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This holy week has been a beautiful one of relevations, new insights and alot of personal reflection. I’ve also got alot to be thankful for.

And it’s 4am right now and I just can’t get to sleep. Note to self: do NOT eat fruit before bedtime. Gasses up tummy.

I’m happy that our friend Sheldon is asking questions about the Word. One in particular caught my attention again. If God hates incest, how is it possible that Adam and Eve bear their 3rd generation of children? Good question. It stumped me the first time I heard it a while back. Somehow tonight, I just felt like this could be the answer. Or one of the possibilities anyway.

Let’s try to put this through some thought process, shall we?

God created man in His image and created Eve after Adam. His plan was a good one. Everything was perfect and beautiful and God said to the couple: be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28). Seems to me, God asked them to have children but never quite said anything about the children having children now, did He?

So with the first sin committed by men, the Fall took place. Men still knew, yearn for, understood, feel love and His love, but this love has been severely perverted (and if you think about it, so has many other things been distorted in the same manner). We become aware of good and evil in this world, like God (Genesis 3:22) but we have no way of fully knowing God’s perfect standards because we lost the direct communion that we once shared with God. Can’t talk to us directly anymore. All of us have a moral indicator in our hearts but without God, your right may be my wrong and vice versa because this indicator has lost its clear direction from the time of the Fall.

My take on incest is that it was never in God’s perfect plan. Who knows, Adam and Eve were only meant to procreate a few children and live happily ever after. That seems to me like a perfect picture already. Happily ever after in God’s communion.

So let’s get this straight. I don’t think God had it in His intention to allow incest to happen for Adam and Eve to create multitudes of generations after that. We’re only guessing that it is His plan to bring more generations into this world. He allowed incest as a sin to happen as with every other sin that we commit because He chose to give us a free will so that we may disobey Him OR come to Him and acknowledge that He is Lord over our lives. I believe a repentant heart is what He seeks above all.

Lord, did I get this right?

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6 thoughts on “Maundy Thursday

  1. lakeside girl

    Hello!

    Actually the answer for the “Incest” question is more layered and surprisingly logical and rational. 🙂

    Firstly, incest WAS allowed during the time of Adam and Eve. Does that mean that morality evolves and incest only became immoral at a certain point in history? Yes, to a certain extent. But, incest is NOT simply a product of moral evolution. Incest (though the word sends shivers down our spines now) was NEVR an original sin, like immorality. It’s not like God advocated rape 10,000 years ago and then slowly changed his stand to be against it.

    Remember that Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 20:12)? God blessed this union to produce the Hebrew people through Isaac and Jacob. Provided marriage was something God used to create the generations, and there was no disobedience to God’s law originally when even brothers and sisters married each other. It was NOT until some 400 years later that God gave Moses laws that forbade such marriages. (Leviticus 18-20).

    Why did God forbabe incest only 400 years later?

    Look at modern times now. Today, brothers and sisters (and half-brothers and half-sisters, etc.) are not permitted by law to marry because their children have an unacceptably high risk of being deformed. The more closely the parents are related, the more likely it is that they will have similar mistakes in their genes, since these have been inherited from the same parents. Therefore, a brother and a sister are more likely to have similar mistakes in their genes. A child of a union between such siblings could inherit the same bad gene on the same gene pair from both, resulting in two bad copies of the gene and serious defects. This is Biology (science supports God’s laws) 🙂

    Cain was in the first generation of children ever born. He (as well as his brothers and sisters) would have have received virtually no imperfect genes from Adam or Eve, since the effects of sin and the Curse would have been minimal to start with (it takes time for these copying errors to accumulate). In that situation, brother and sister could have married with God’s approval, without any potential to produce deformed offspring.

    By the time of Moses (a few thousand years later), degenerative mistakes would have built up in the human race to such an extent that it was necessary for God to forbid brother-sister (and close relative) marriage (Leviticus 18-20). Also, there were plenty of people on the earth by then, and there was no reason for close relations to marry.

    Of cos now, Incest is tied up with emotional trauma and the feeling of betrayal and what not, which is part of God’s plan as well. B’cos knowing how sinful and rebellious we are, if humans were simply told that our children will be deformed etc, incest will still take place. Therefore, God gives such emotions to us to prevent us from taking the risk.

    Hope this helps. (This can help to convince your friend who’s seeking God as well.)

    God bless.

  2. lakeside girl: thanks for stopping by and commenting on this! sorry i took a while to reply. some digestion is necessary here as it is not a topic that i myself am too familiar with but it is a question that tend to arise.

    even after re-reading i’m not really sure whether you have answered the question of “Why did God forbabe incest only 400 years later?”.

    you quoted Genesis 20:12 to show that Abraham married his half-sister. but sometimes despite disobedience and sin, God still blesses with His bigger plan in mind. did not Jesus came from the line of King Solomon, who was birthed by David’s sin with Beersheba? that is not to say God didn’t hate incest then again and i don’t think (personal take) God changes His mind about sin!

    would love to hear from you again 🙂

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