Were sexual freedom and premarital sex condemned because they sacri­ficed morality or sacrificed immortality? The Bible contains some astonish­ing answers. . .

Was religion concerned with immorality… or… immortality?



Why would the above "headline" make William Randolph Hears! and Rupert Murdoch blush and yet lead to Lot and his daughters receiving God’s blessing? The Bible explains, "One day the older daughter said to the younger, Our father is old, and there is no man around who will lie with us. . . Let’s get our father to drink wine and then lie with him and preserve our family line through our father.’’43 So, on two consecutive nights, both daughters got their father drunk, waited until he fell asleep, and had sex with him wit/юш bis being aware of it (“He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up’44). They each became pregnant.

Were Lot and his daughters punished for incest or rape? (If a father had sex with his daughter while she was asleep, we’d call it rape.) No. They were blessed By God. So blessed that both their sons became leaders of a people. Rather than feeling ashamed about the incest, not only was the first of the sons, Moab, named after the incest (Moab comes from the Hebrew meaning "from father”45), but so were the peoples of which he was the father: the Moabites. Why? The drunkenness, rape, and father-daughter incest led to the preservation of a family line *