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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Mutations, and why you shouldn't marry your cousin

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Are creation geneticists wrong about mutation rates? And how distantly related should parents be for genetically healthy offspring?

 

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A question -- if 1st cousins should Not marry -- for genetic reasons. -- then how did Noah and his sons and daughters-in-law repopulate the earth by themselves? Their kids would have been 1st cousins. But God Did tell them to be fruitful and multiply didn't He. There were no other people young people around To mate with. The same has been said about Adam and Eve --that it would have been impossible for the earths' population to have survive more than a few generations because of inbreeding. I , myself, Do believe that Adam and Eve and their children were the 1st family. But their kids would have been mating -- wouldn't that have been incest?!

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Adam and Eve were created perfect, with no genetic defects. There would have been no problem with their children marrying each other. Over time mutations have caused genetic defects in all of us, so now it is dangerous for close relatives to marry.

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