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The golden key in theology  means  discovering hidden or mysterious meanings in texts. Some parts of the bible are mysterious and hard to explain. Part of the reason is because they were written during ancient times and with languages that are still alive but have changed from the ancient versions.

One topic is incest. There are numerous examples of incest in the Bible. Some happened before the bible  (Leviticus 18:6-18) commanded against it, Therefore, it was not incest before that time.  If we started with Adam and Eve, there had to have been the behavior among siblings and cousins. There were, after all only a few individuals, all closely related. This was when the human genetic code was relatively free of defects and mankind of evil. Now in most cultures incest is a strongly discouraged behavior for good reasons.

What is not clearly shown in the bible is the reason why this behavior seemed to happen without punishment. The most well know and used incest story is the story of  Lot.  Lot was a “righteous man” but  he was a man and, therefore, could fall short of acceptable behavior. However, the story does not put fault on Lot for his daughters actions. Most scholars believe it was a story to criticize the Moabites and Ammonites, cultures with very inappropriate behaviors that came from the “children of Lot” Genesis 19:37-38 . The story does not have an eye-witness account but is based on an old story; so there is no clear-cut reason why God wanted the story in the Bible. The story did not intend to condone this behaviour. There was a reason. I just wished I had clavis aurea or the golden key to explain to the world. 

I usually try to avoid religious and political topic in my blog but with this prompt: You’ve been given a key that can open one building, room, locker, or box to which you don’t normally have access. How do you use it, and why?  the subject popped in my head. I am writing this because I find it  offensive for some religions and others who attempt to blemish the reputation of the Bible by using this story. They especially like to take this story out on content, as if Christians 
and the Bible permits this behavior. 

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