No Incest, Adultery, Bestiality, Sodomy, Abortion
or Sex With A Menstruant
18:1 And the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the (Gemini) children of Israel, and (red radius) say unto them, I am the Lord your God.
3 After the doings of the land of Egypt (Cetus), wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan (Big Dog), whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
Diodorus Siculus relates (Bibliothec. l. 1. p. 23.), that it passed into a law with the Egyptians, contrary to the common custom of all others, that men might marry their own sisters; which is one of the incestuous marriages taken notice of in this chapter, and forbid:
Incestuous marriages, which prevailed among that people, and which they might have received from their ancestor Canaan, who learned them from his father Ham, of whom Berosus (Antiqu. l. 3. fol. 25.) writes, that even before the flood he corrupted mankind; asserting and putting it in practice, that men might lie with their mothers, sisters, daughters, and with males and brutes, or any other, for which he was cast out by Noah:
4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to (Ophiuchus) walk therein: I am the (Shekinah) Lord your God.
5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord.
6 None of you shall (red radius) approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord.
7 The nakedness of thy (Castor) father, or the nakedness of thy (Pollux) mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
8 The nakedness of thy father's (Pollux) wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.
9 The nakedness of thy (Pollux) sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
There was both a moral and genetic reason for these commands. “Surveys in different parts of the world where inbreeding occurs have shown that it is accompanied by an increase in congenital malformations and perinatal mortality, for which recessive genes and environmental factors respectively would be responsible.” (Harrison)
“In those instances where the parents are siblings, or where the relationship is one between parent and child, the resultant offspring incur approximately at 30% risk of retardation or some other serious defect.” (Harrison)
10 The nakedness of thy son's (Pollux) daughter, or of thy daughter's (Castor) daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.
11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's (Pollux) daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's (Pollux) sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.
13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's (Castor) sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.
14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his (Pollux) wife: she is thine aunt.
15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy (Pollux) daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's (Pollux) wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.
17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a (Pollux) woman and her (Castor) daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's (Pollux) daughter, or her daughter's (Castor) daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
18 Neither shalt thou take a (Pollux) wife to her (Castor) sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.
19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a (Pollux) woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.
20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's (Pollux) wife, to defile thyself with her.
21 And thou shalt not let any of thy (Castor or Pollux) seed pass through the (solar) fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.
Abortion is here condemned, as well as idolatry.
22 Thou shalt not lie with (Castor) mankind, as with (Pollux) womankind: it is abomination.
43% of homosexuals say that they have had 500 or more sexual partners in their lifetime. Only 1% of homosexuals say they have had four or less sexual partners in their lifetime. Furthermore, homosexuals seem to specialize in anonymous sex with no emotional commitment. At one time, London AIDS clinics defined a woman as promiscuous if she’d had more than six partners in her lifetime. They gave up trying to apply a workable definition to male homosexuals when it became clear that they saw almost no homosexual men who had less than six sexual partners a year.
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any (Aries, Taurus) beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any (Pollux) woman stand before a (Big Dog) beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
at Mendes, in Egypt, a goat was worshipped, where the women used to lie with such creatures, as Strabo ( Geograph. l. 17. p. 551.) and Aelianus (De Animal. l. 7. c. 19.) from Pindar have related; yea, Herodotus (Euterpe, sive, l. 2. c. 46.) reports, of his own knowledge, that a goat had carnal copulation with a woman openly, in the view of all, in his time; and though that creature is a most lascivious and lustful one, yet, as Bochart (Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 53. col. 642.) from Plutarch has observed, when it is provoked by many and beautiful women, is not inclined and ready to come into their embraces, but shows some abhorrence of it: nature in brutes, as that learned man observes, is often more prevalent in them than in mankind: it is confusion; a mixing of the seed of man and beast together, a blending of different kinds of creatures, a perverting the order of nature, and introducing the utmost confusion of beings, from whence monsters in nature may arise.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself (Cetus, Big Dog, Drago, Ophiuchus) (red radius) vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own (Castor) nation, nor any (Pollux) stranger that sojourneth among you:
27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
28 That the land (Cetus, Big Dog, Drago, Ophiuchus) (red radius) spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be (Perseus) (red radius) cut off from among their (Gemini) people.
30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the Lord your God.
Incest And Inbreeding Forbidden
The relationships prohibited by the Bible are FATHER-DAUGHTER and MOTHER-SON (Lev.18:7-8; 20:11; Deut.27:20), SISTER-BROTHER (Lev.18:9,11; 20:17; Deut.27:22), AUNT-NEPHEW and UNCLE-NIECE (Lev.18:12-14; 20:19-20), GRANDAUGHTER-GRANDFATHER and GRANDSON-GRANDMOTHER (Lev.18:10), DAUGHTER-IN-LAW -- FATHER-IN-LAW and SON-IN-LAW--MOTHER-IN-LAW (Lev.18:15; 20:12; Deut.27:23), and also SISTER-IN-LAW--BROTHER-IN-LAW (Lev.18:16; 20:21).
An exception to the law regarding marriage and intercourse with a BROTHER'S WIFE (Lev.18:16) was made in Deuteronomy 25:5-10 where the family name of the dead husband was perpetuated by the husband's brother if he died childless. But in the case of King Herod marrying Herodias, the divorced WIFE of his BROTHER Philip who was still alive, the marriage was not proper according to John the Baptist (Matt.14:4; Mark 16:8; Luke 3:19). Herod was totally unconverted, yet even he was responsible for obeying God.
Abraham didn't marry his "half sister" (Gen.20:12). Sarah was Abraham's HALF-NIECE. A sister merely means a close relative. Abraham calls Lot his "brother" in 13:8 yet we know Lot was actually Abraham's nephew (11:31). Sarah is identified as "Yiscah" the daughter of Haran (11:29) by Josephus (Ant.1:6:5) and Rashi (Targum Yonathan). Adam's children intermarried before mutational defects had a chance to accumulate and/or they didn't have a problem with mutations then because the antediluvian canopy protected them from harmful radiation.
In 1 Corinthians 9:5 Paul asked, "Have we not power (no right) to lead about a SISTER, a WIFE, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren
of the Lord, and Cephas?" Here a wife is called a "SISTER" -- not literally -- but in the sense of one who does God's will (Matt.12:50). Also in Song of Solomon 4:9-12, 5:1-2 and 8:8 the groom refers to his bride as a SISTER. The sense of being closely related may also apply since "BROTHER" and "SISTER" are used loosely in the Bible.
Numbers 36:11 allows FIRST COUSIN marriages.
An increase in congenital malformations and perinatal mortality accompany inbreeding. When parents are SIBLINGS, or where there is a PARENT-CHILD relationship, the offspring have about a 30 percent risk of retardation or some other serious defect. But for parents who are FIRST COUSINS, there is only about a four percent chance the offspring will have a birth defect. "Already one percent of all children born will require some professional help with genetic problems, and that percentage doubles in FIRST COUSIN marriages" (p.1, The Five Worlds by Whitcomb). Marriage between a MAN and his NIECE has an eight percent risk of malformation because of the danger that the child will inherit harmful recessive genes from one of the couple's common ancestors (p.189, R.K. Harrison, Leviticus, IVP).
FIRST COUSINS have offspring with identical genes in a 1:7 ratio. UNCLES and NIECES have offspring with identical genes in a 1:3 ratio. And BROTHERS and SISTERS are 1:1. Many of these paired genes will be recessive mutants and therefore harmful (p.370, Rushdoony's The Institutes of Biblical Law).
Close inbreeding, as long as it is not too close, makes the species better by removing recessive lethal genes from the gene pool (pp.189-190, Harrison).
Leviticus 18:6 states, "No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Eternal" (NIV; cp.18:7-18 & 20:12-21). Why? "Customs and laws which forbade inbreeding (Marriage of close relatives) have existed in many countries since antiquity. Their biological justification lies in the fact that the offspring of matings of close relatives are frequently INFERIOR IN VIGOUR to crossbred individuals.... In maize no inbred lines equal crossbred strains in vigour or yield. In man, inbreeding is generally deleterious, yet marriages of BROTHERS and SISTERS practised in some royal families in Egypt and Peru allegedly led to no undesirable results" (p.921, vol.11, Encyc. Brit. 1973). As the Encyclopedia Americana states, "all crossbreeding organisms carry numerous unexpressed DELETERIOUS, or HARMFUL, genes. These genes, which are the inevitable by-product of mutation and are usually recessive, are exposed or brought to expression by inbreeding, by which the chance of two recessives appearing in a single progeny is greatly increased. The depression of vigor commonly observed in the inbred offspring of most animals and many plants is caused by the expression of the deleterious mutant genes" (p.630, vol.14, Encyc. Amer. 1980). According to Genetics: A Survey of the Principles of Heredity, 5th edition, page 176, "first cousins, however, have one chance in 16 (of having a child die of a deformity if they have a lethal gene) if both have the same grandparents" (p.237, The New Eden).
Incest "is only a criminal offense in England if there is sexual intercourse between a MAN and his MOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER or GRANDDAUGHTER.... Marriage law in the United States is subject to the exclusive province of each state.... In general, a marriage is incestuous if one attempts to marry an ANCESTOR, a DESCENDANT, an AUNT (UNCLE), a SISTER (BROTHER) of the whole or the half blood or any of their respective spouses. In the early 1970s, over half the states had prohibited marriages between FIRST COUSINS, while several forbade marriage to a GRANDNIECE (GRANDNEPHEW) and to a FIRST COUSIN once removed.... In none of the states is marriage forbidden between a man and his deceased or divorced husband's brother.... In France ... Marriage is prohibited between all ASCENDANTS and DESCENDANTS in the direct line, and between persons RELATED BY MARRIAGE in the same line, between BROTHER and SISTER, between UNCLE and NIECE, AUNT and NEPHEW, between ADOPTER'S and ADOPTIVE children, between ADOPTIVE children, and between BROTHER-IN-LAW and SISTER-IN-LAW when the marriage producing the affinity has been dissolved by divorce" (pp.932-936, vol.14, Encyc. Brit. 1973).
The marriage of Amram and Jochebed (Ex.6:20) may have been a NEPHEW-AUNT marriage if she was indeed Levi's literal "daughter" (Ex.2:1). However, "daughter" might also mean granddaughter (Septuagint; Syriac) in which case Amram and Jochebed were FIRST COUSINS. Amram was the son of Kehoth, son of Levi (Ex.16:18; Num.3:18; 26:58; 1 Chr.5:29; 23:13). Jochebed was Levi's "daughter" (Ex.2:1; 6:20; Num.26:59).
Johann Sebastian Bach married his FIRST COUSIN Maria Barbara Bach. Of his four sons, two became important musicians and composers -- Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel. Charles Robert Darwin married his FIRST COUSIN Emma Wedgwood. Of his five sons, four became prominent in the scientific world -- Sir George Howard, Francis, Leonard and Horace. Just as genius and talent run in families, so also faith runs in families (2 Tim.1:5).