As the days on this Earth prolong, you can see more evidence of a lack of understanding and/or plain disregard of the scriptures. Recently, a 19 year old New Mexico man, Caleb Peterson, and his mother, Monica Mares, were charged with incest. Caleb Peterson claims that he got involved with his 36 year old mother romantically and sexually to prevent her from getting into relationships with abusive men so she would be able to care for the household and his younger siblings.
A 19 year old man has incestuous relationship with mother to save her from abusive men
The young man was given up for adoption by his mother when he was an infant. They were recently reacquainted, he moved in and sometime soon after the relationship began. Peterson was not ashamed and wants people to understand the nature of the relationship but some news sources report that the mother denies the allegations. The young man charged with incest would like to raise awareness about “genetic sexual attraction relationships,” according to the Daily Mail website.
In New Mexico, the crime of incest is punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. What is incest?
New Mexico State Law 30-10-3. Incest.
Incest consists of knowingly intermarrying or having sexual intercourse with persons within the following degrees of consanguinity: parents and children including grandparents and grandchildren of every degree, brothers and sisters of the half as well as of the whole blood, uncles and nieces, aunts and nephews.
Whoever commits incest is guilty of a third degree felony.
Leviticus 18:6-7 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD. The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Last week we shared an article about bestiality and laws against it in the United States. Here is another rare occasion where the laws of the land and the Bible agree to a certain point. New Mexico defines incest as sexual relationships or marriage with varying degrees of consanguinity. Consanguinity means kinship. Leviticus chapter 18 defines incest as having sex with someone that is near of kin. The scripture and law show that incest is having sex with someone that is a close relative. As followers of the Heavenly Father, we are not to marry or have romantic or sexual relationships with our relatives; this includes mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, stepchildren and their husbands or wives. The scriptures consider it fornication which is a sin. Even in the New Testament, Paul had to warn the church in Corinth that it was an act of fornication that should be judged accordingly.
Leviticus 20:22-23 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
The people of this Earth that do not follow the commandments of the Most High commit incest and feel as if they are doing nothing wrong. The Lord hates this sin and says that he abhors or has strong hatred for those that commit such wicked acts. It does not matter how people try to justify themselves. We must repent and keep the commandments if our lifestyle, pleasure or desire go against the laws of the Bible.
Romans 6:12-13 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
“Genetic sexual attraction relationships” is incest. Caleb Peterson must realize that his mother will be protected from abusive men by repenting, keeping the commandments and remaining single until the Lord blesses her with a man of the Lord but incest will never be the answer!
1 Peter 3:12-13 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
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