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According to the Bible, when Lot escaped out of Zoar, he went up to the mountains and settled in a cave. While in there, he was seduced by his daughters so that they could bear children and save their family line. Here is the full account of the story incase someone wants to read it.

Lot and His Daughters

30.Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31. And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. 32. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 33. So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

34.The next day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine tonight also. Then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 35. So they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 36. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. 37. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab. [2] He is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38. The younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi. [3] He is the father of the Ammonites to this day.

Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (Kindle Locations 1725-1734). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.

Does this mean saving one's family line is/was so important that you could have sex with your own offspring? Was Lot really drunk to a point that he didn't know what he was doing? Was it a mistake on the daughters' side? If yes, why didn't he(Lot) take any action afterward? Please support your answers with authentic references.

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Who justifies this act? I have never met anyone that would justify it. –  zefciu Oct 8 '12 at 9:45
As @zefciu says, who justifies it? Even with your edits, I don't understand any Christian needs to explain it. I don't know any Christian who thinks they were doing something moral. –  Wikis Oct 8 '12 at 11:20
Nowhere in the Bible does it say Lot was a prophet, nor can I think of anywhere he is put forward of a model of piety. Quite the contrary, his history is a long string of compromises, selfish and even immoral acts. Your question specifically asks "how Christian theologians justify this", but you haven't noted a single Christian theologian that does so. As far as I know, there are none. So what is your question? –  Caleb Oct 8 '12 at 11:54
Lot is described in 2 Peter as a righteous man, but that doesn't mean that everything he did was righteous, and it certainly doesn't mean everything his kids did was righteous (ask any parent!). As to your last question, the Bible presents the Truth without Photoshopping out inconvenient details. –  Wikis Oct 8 '12 at 11:55
In addition to @Wiki's comments, it should be noted that that when the NT talks about righteous people, it doesn't mean they were roll models of good behavior, it means that through faith they were people God chose to MAKE righteous. This in no way justifies their immoral acts as sinful people, it just means that God made them part of his people through faith. –  Caleb Oct 8 '12 at 11:58

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There is no denomination or teaching that I'm aware of that approves of this. Your question shows a lack of understanding of the basic nature of that the Bible is.

It is not a collection of stories, showing heroes in a positive light.

It is a collection of books including teachings, but also, largely in the Old Testament in the Pentateuch and the Books of History, a book of history. In a historical book, at least one that is honest and accurate, the failures, frailties, and sins of the people chronicled are not covered up.

Lot's daughters are not the only ones whose sin is shown. Adam and Eve eating the apple, David's sin with Bathsheba, Solomon's pride, lust, and disobedience, and hundreds of others. The Bible includes these sins because they happened, not because they are somehow approved of.

Far from it, in most of the cases, there are repercussions. Perhaps not immediate, but they happen. This is in line with God's nature. He often gives people the chance to repent of their sins.

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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I am a starter, so thanks for the answer. –  Noah Oct 8 '12 at 12:19
No problem. It's why the site is here. –  David Oct 8 '12 at 12:23

The daughters thought that the whole world had been destroyed. They were in a tiny cave having seen they're whole country burned remember. They thought they were preserving the whole of human kind not just lots descendants.

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Does it mean one can have sex with his offspring in case of survival? –  Noah Apr 3 '14 at 16:59
Is there any basis for this or is it just conjecture? –  Narnian Apr 3 '14 at 18:30
what scripture do you use to support this assertion? What tradition(s) teach this? –  warren Apr 3 '14 at 19:24

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