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Marrying Relatives -- I.C. (USA)
Hi. I'm emailing ‘coz I want to seek advice on something that's really bothering me. Two of my cousins in North America (first cousins) are dating and are planning to get married. They are first cousins to each other as well. Obviously, all my relatives, including their parents are distressed by the situation and actually turned to me for input.
I've read Leviticus 18 about sexual relations that are prohibited. One verse said that no one is to approach a close relative to have sexual relations. Certain articles I read online says that there is nothing forbidding cousin marriages in the Bible. Actually, these two cousins have also read these articles and are now using the Bible to justify their relationship and plan to marry. This makes me struggle.
I want to follow what the Bible says but I am confused. I don't want to be “binding” things that were not bound by God, but the picture of the whole situation and every part of me says that it’s wrong to marry your first cousin. What do you think? I really need input. Thank you so much in advance! – I.C. (USA)
These situations are really challenging since they touch sensitive points in our hearts. Lots of prayer and patience needed.
While a person can invoke Leviticus 18 and 20, the fact that these are part of the Old Covenant and not the New makes it difficult to build a solid case. Jacob married his cousins (Genesis 29). Amram, Moses’ dad, married his aunt (Exodus 6), which is prohibited in Leviticus 18. As such, the Bible records happenings without explicitly telling which are concessions. And there is no passage in the New Testament which specifically deals with marriage to kin. (Take note that immorality, which is clearly sinful, is a separate issue.)
My suggestion is to just use 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 to appeal to their consciences, since such relations do cause tensions and could possibly result in genetic aberrations. Apart from that, people may just have to learn in hindsight from their actions.
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