Chapter One
Cain's Wife

Now I want to direct your attention to an illustration in the first chapter.

The book argues that 'the original sin' caused mutations, and even the various races. That God therefore, in Leviticus 18, prohibited brother-sister intermarriage. That brother-sister marriages were O.K. for 2,500 years but in Moses' day that was changed by law.

Here are the words appearing on page 28-29

 (Overall, though, the human race is slowly degenerating as mistakes -- errors in copying DNA, called mutations -- accumulate, generation after generation.)

   This fact of present-day life, however, did not apply to Adam and Eve. When the first two people were created, they were perfect. Everything God made was "very good" (Gen. 1:31). That means their genes were perfect -- no mistakes! But, when sin entered the world because of Adam (Gen. 3:6), God cursed the world so that the perfect creation then began to degenerate that is, suffer death and decay (Rom. 8:22). Over a long period of time, this degeneration would have resulted in all sorts of mistakes occurring in the genetic material of living things.

   Cain was in the first generation of children ever born. He (as well as his brothers and sisters) would have received virtually no imperfect genes from Adam or Eve, since the effects of sin and the Curse would have been minimal to start with. In that situation, brother and sister could have married (provided it was one man for one woman -- which is what marriage is all about -- Matt. 19:4-6) without any potential to produce deformed offspring.

   By the time of Moses (about 2,500 years later), degenerative mistakes would have accumulated to such an extent in the human race that it would have been necessary for God to bring in the laws forbidding brother-sister (and close relative) marriage (Lev. 18-20). Also, there were plenty of people on the earth by now, so close relations did not have to marry.

And if God could now give a law forbidding these marriages he could also give laws forbidding other marriages. And God did.

Lev 18:22 forbids same-sex marriages. (Comment: In Numbers 23:8 Balaam the false prophet informed King Balak, "I can't curse what God has blessed." In modern Christianity, when a Christian Clergymen is asked to perform a same-sex marriage or a forbidden marriage, what is he being asked? He is being asked to bless what God has cursed.)

Deuteronomy 7:3 forbids marriages between Israelites and seven other nations These seven are the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites.

But now the book One Blood argues that these restrictions on interracial marriages are 'religious'.

 The book argues that a Christian Israelite could marry a Christian Canaanite. (Page 93)

King James Version

One Blood Version

Deuteronomy 7:3, Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. Deuteronomy 7:3, Neither shalt thou make marriages with people of other religions; thy Christian daughter thou shalt not give unto his non-Christian son, nor his non-Christian daughter shalt thou take unto thy Christian son.

This understanding is illustrated on page 92.

This picture is used to illustrate the point that, according to this book;

1. A Negro Christian can lawfully marry a Christian Caucasian. (As in the movie, Look Who's Coming to Dinner.)

2. A non-Christian Caucasian may marry a non-Christian Oriental.

3. BUT a Christian may not marry a non-Christian of the same race. (Comment: And in today's world some Protestants don't think Catholics are Christian, in fact some Protestants even think some other Protestant Christian denominations are not Christian.)

Thus far the book has used Acts 17:26 to justify interracial marriage. But turn back just one page and you find this at the bottom of page 90;

   We need to understand that the sovereign Creator God is in charge of the nations of this world. Paul makes this very clear in Acts 17:26. Some people erroneously claim this verse to mean that people from different nations shouldn't marry. But this passage has nothing to do with marriage. As John Gill makes clear in his classic commentary, the context is that God is in charge of all things -- where, how, and for how long any person, tribe, or nation will live, prosper, and perish?

   Acts 17:26 is this book's proof text that interracial marriages are allowed and at the same time says "this passage has nothing to do with marriage".

 

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