I think we can all recall the story of Lot and his two daughters. The story first starts out with Lot, being a humble host, welcomes in two men (really the angels sent from God) into his home. The men of Sodom demand Lot to give his two guests up so that they may be intimate with them. Instead of ruining his reputation for his hospitality, he offers up his two daughters to the townspeople, thinking that maybe they’d be satisfied in being intimate with his daughters instead. These men clearly were not satisfied with the offer and tried busting through to the inside. The angels spoke to Lot about the Lord’s plan to destroy the city, and so, Lot, his wife, and two daughters were led out of Sodom to safety. The angels specifically say to them “Flee for you life! Do not look behind you, nor stop anywhere in the Plain”; of course Lot’s wife look back to the annihilated city, and she becomes a pillar of salt. Long story short: Lot and his two daughters escape the city to a cave. His two daughter’s figure they are the only three people left who inhabit the earth and in thinking so his oldest daughter says to the other, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to consort with us in the way of all the world. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him, that we may maintain life through our father.” And thus, the two daughters laid with their father. One daughter gave birth to her son, Moab (father of the Moabites), and the other gave birth to her son, Ben-ammi (father of the Ammonites).
Yes, one can argue this story is to explain the genealogy of the Moabites and the Ammonites (and also in the christian context, eventually leads us to the birth of Jesus), but that is not the subject in question here. The question I mean to address is whether or not the actions taken by Lot’s daughters are acceptable.First we must look at the possible motives. We start with the most obvious reason being: to save the human race. Other motives or things we should consider include:
2)Lot and his family lived in the sinful city of Sodom (what I presume to be highly likely as where his daughters grew up). Who is to blame? Lot, Lot’s daughters, the Sodomites?Lot may have known right from wrong, but did he teach morals to his daughters well enough or did they learn a lack of moral from the Sodomites? We could even begin to point fingers at Lot’s wife. She had such a lack of faith that she turned around to see the destroyed city and in doing so she died. Could her lack of faith have been transferred to her daughters so they had a lack of faith in believing God left anyone else on earth? Also, should we question why God did not intermingle the situation and stop the girls from consorting with their father?
3)Would there have been any signs at all that there were more people living on the earth, instead of it being just the three of them?
4)What may have happened if Lot’s wife hadn’t turned into a pillar of salt? Would she and Lot have had a son later? And if so, would Lot’s daughter still have had relations within the family (aka their brother) to still fulfill their idea of continuing the human race?
These are all points I intend to explore and hopefully come to an answer for “Were Lot’s daughters right for intentionally and knowingly consorting to a incestuous relationship with their father?”