Is sharing a bed with any other person besides a spouse a sin?

Iit’s been my endeavor and desire to follow the Lord to the uttermost. I read the Bible almost everyday and try to live by it. There are certain concerns I have. I was trying to contemplate on some scriptures in the Old Testament. And here they are.

Leviticus 18:20-23
20Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.
21And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
22Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
23Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

Leviticus 20:11-15
11And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
12And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.
13If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
14And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
15And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
16And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

In any case I have a one bedroom flat. I sleep on the bed most of the time. Sometimes my mom or my day rotate and take turns to share the bed with me. Is it sinful for me to share my bed with my mom or my dad or any one who is not my spouse?.


Leviticus uses “lie with” to mean having sexual relations. It does not mean to sleep chastely in the same bed with a relative. You may sleep with family members in a chaste way.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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