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Can Cousins Marry Each Other

What does Jesus say about Cousins marrying?

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God's word says that incest, which is sexual intimacy with immediate family members and near of kin, is sin, both in the o.t. in Leviticus 18:6-18+ 20:17+ Deuteronomy 27:20,22,23, and also in the N.T. in I Corinthians 5:1,13.
---Eloy on 1/23/11


Numbers 36:11

For Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married unto their father's brothers' sons...
---someone on 1/22/11


"I know two brothers whose parents were first cousins.
They clearly don't have their full quota of IQ points."
Cluny
They post on here, don't they? Go on, you can tell us.
---Elder on 1/20/11


I know several Christians from another country who are married to cousins. They're all intelligent and I can't think of a single genetic disorder affecting their children. They've been doing this for generations as it is common in their culture.

If Yahushua had anything to say about this, I'm unaware, but am interested in knowing.
---AlwaysOn on 1/20/11


I know two brothers whose parents were first cousins.

They clearly don't have their full quota of IQ points.
---Cluny on 1/20/11




\\. It is wrong to even think about doing this.\\

Why?

There is nothing that's so bad it can't be discussed, and if you're going to discuss it you have to think about it.

May I point out that ALL of us are somehow distantly related cousins, at least.
---Cluny on 1/19/11


Just don't do it. God doesn't have to tell us everything. It is wrong to even think about doing this. Get your mind on better things. There are many risks involved iy you marry into your own bloodline. Many dieases,deformities in your children. And other risks. I am sure. I would not take that kind of chance.
---Robyn on 1/18/11


\\Genetically it is not a great idea for first cousin to marry as recessive traits can become dominate in off spring and cause problems.\\

There's a high rate of such problems among the Samaritans, who only marry with each other.
---Cluny on 1/17/11


This is more of genetic issue than a religious one and Christ to my knowledge never address it.

Custom wise in Palestine most people lived on small villages and marriages were arranged by families and there was like marriages arranged between cousins to some extent. And the small er and more isolated the village the higher the probability. And could be contributing factor to a high rare of infant mortality in these regions.

Genetically it is not a great idea for first cousin to marry as recessive traits can become dominate in off spring and cause problems. A good example is the prominence of hemophilia when royalty married royalty in Europe.
---Blogger9211 on 1/17/11


Nothing at all.

It was quite common in Biblical times.

Even Queen Victoria married her first cousin.

Whether it's a good idea genetically, or legal in certain jurisdictions is another question, of course.
---Cluny on 1/17/11




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