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Can I Have Many Wifes

In the old testament many people had many wives. God allowed it then and God doesn't change. I am Christian and see nothing wrong with having more than one wife in the home. It benefits the women more than the man.

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How does it benefit the woman? Am I missing something here? Why not reverse it and say woman should have more than one husband. This is a foolish question. If a woman had lots of husbands, she would have more finances for her family. Yes, more than one husband benefits women, not less than one husband. But I think the Bible has it right. One man for one woman.
---frances008 on 3/2/08


Ephesians 5:22-33,speaking of the relationship between husbands and wives(singular).for the husband is the head of the wife (singular)He who loves his wife (singular)loves himself. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife (singular), and the two will become one flesh each one of you also must love his wife (singular) as he loves himself, and the wife (singular) must respect her husband. There is absolutely no allowance for polygamy for followers of Jesus Christ.
---Court7646 on 2/29/08


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and finally for me you Error in wisdom and understanding of life in the world as it is in today's standards and morality which as the Word declares man wax worse and worse. It's not a matter of how many wives you can introduce but the stability of marriage Today whereby it is difficult enough. I just pray the God will open up your understanding of the WORLD including the CHURCH today, many are falling away, through lack of knowledge and we perish because of it.
---Carla5754 on 1/22/08


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Sex is a very personal act between my husband and wife, who you love and trust/One flesh. How on earth is a women to feel intimately loved and cherished with her husband making love, with another woman, all women are the same, some are perverted and to think your husbabd is rocking some woman and pleasuring himself with another/multiple women sickens my blood you want to tell me that God would love me by permitting that. well I'd walk out of Chruch tommorrow it that was the case.
---Carla5754 on 1/22/08


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As life progress so does the wickedness of mankind, what things do you watch try jerry springer and see what the world has come to ask yourself if that's the state you'd like to see the church in it's happening already
only men are divorcing their wives for multiple women. Can you convince them it's not right (You'll have a hard job doing so). So why push a lifestyle that is killing marriages without the licence or YOU recon a licence would make it better!
---Carla5754 on 1/22/08




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disregarding the times how hard it is to even stay married nevermind introducing multiple women into the sanctuary of the one relationship hard to find, which is a man of one focus, love and unity of his wife alone. I am Appauled at your line of reasoning it does not mean as I said before I do not accept the concept of Many, Many Centuries Ago, your fighting a battle against time/progrssion but most of all, all who read this article in terms of levels of maturity, stability and countability!
---Carla5754 on 1/22/08


Carla5754:

My only position here has been to tell those who say "the bible prohibits polygamy" that it does NOT do so anywhere, and to challenge them to show any verses where it does (which they cannot do).

I have never said it's good idea, nor is it something I would recommend.

(The same also applies to many other things abhorrent to 20th century sensibilities, such as slavery - which the Bible also does not prohibit, in fact, it encourages slaves to obey their masters.)
---StrongAxe on 1/21/08


Time to move on, Eloy I agree 100% with you and it's pointless explaining the concept of moving on with the times and Laws of the Gospel Given Paul Via God because some people just like to twist the word from past/present. Thats their error. (JUST Let them try Marrying Two women at the same time they OBVIOUSLY LACK WISDOM. My hubby said if one wife nagginging ain't enough maybe Two will do the trick LOL they'll soon repent!
---Carla5754 on 1/19/08


righteous, "Eph. 5:28: "In this way husbands ought to love their own wives (gune) as their own bodies. He who loves his wife (gune) loves himself.""

Yes, context is key, and so grammatically, since husbands is plural, not referring to one man, so is wifes. the word their also refers to plural, whereas in the latter part 'his' is used, indicating singular...to assume that 1 man may have more then 1 wife is just that, assumption.
---christina on 1/19/08


Eloy:

You're so VERY right!
Yet there are so many people who put their own personal sensibilities (i.e. the cultural norms of 20th century western culture) first, and insist that those are correct, rather than the practices ACTUALLY documented (and approved of) in the Bible.
---StrongAxe on 1/19/08




The New Testament clearly states that we should be monogomous, that is have only one partner. Some people take it to mean one at a time, and the New Testament even makes a case for divorce from one wife. It is a matter of your conscience in my opinion, but never could the New Testament allow two wives or more at the same time.
---frances on 1/18/08


Carla5754 said, "yet because righteous warrior and others say it's fine we are now to disregard Paul and the LAW!"

Woah! I never said any such thing. Why would anyone need to disregard Paul, since his teachings line up with previously established Scripture? Did either Paul or God change the definition of marriage to mean "only one wife"? If so, show me the text. If not, then what is the basis for rejecting marriage as defined in the Old Testament Scriptures?
---righteouswarriors on 1/18/08


Eloy,

Since you quoted Isaiah 5:20, here's another quote, one chapter earlier:

Isaiah 4:1: And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, "We shall eat our own food and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach."

Compare with Exodus 21:10: "If he takes another wife, her food, her covering, and her marriage rights are not to be diminished."

It seems Isaiah can tell good from evil.
---righteouswarriors on 1/18/08


None of which can show evidence of the same lifestyle, customs of the O/T that are exactly anything like today. The bible says that the fashion of this world(then) passes away ever thought about that, No I guess not because polygamy that much more important that Bigamy. To ignore Paul's advice is not relevant Right? WRONG!
---Carla5754 on 1/18/08


Paul made the statement that Bishops/Decons should be a man of one wife who are we to say that they of past times could have and should have more than one wife and Paul is wrong or that Paul had no authority to rule otherwise? yet because righteous warrior and others say it's fine we are now to disregard Paul and the LAW!
---Carla5754 on 1/18/08


.mickey, "woe to them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20.
---Eloy on 1/18/08


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Mickey said, "So it isn't a sin, but it is against the law these days."

Just so we're clear here, it is against the law here in the U.S.A. to be legally married to more that one wife at the same time. I would agree with that statement.

However, it is not illegal in many other countries, nor is it illegal to be married in God's eyes and simply disregard the government's definition of marriage altogether. Give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.
---righteouswarriors on 1/17/08


The Old Testament allowed it, gave laws to regulate it, even directed it in a couple of places. So it isn't a sin, but it is against the law these days.
---Mickey on 1/17/08


Eloy:

Once again you are putting the cart before the horse.
Instead of reading what the Bible ACTUALLY SAYS about polygamy, you first ASSUME it is sin, and then translate passages in such a way to as to justify your assumption, and dismiss others that contradict your view.
---StrongAxe on 1/17/08


Eloy: (1):

You say I am not "in-spirited" because I read between the lines different than you do. This logic is also the basis for most cultic teaching, because cults believe they are inspired, just inspired differently from others (and they denounce others for being "incorrectly inspired").

But who is to judge just WHOSE inspiration is "correct"?
---StrongAxe on 1/17/08


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Eloy: (2):


Mormons teach that people read the book of Mormon and prayerfully as God if it is true. And (judging by the number of Mormons in the world today), a lot of them pray and believe that they are inspired by the answer "yes". This doesn't mean that they are right.

While relying on some kind of "warm feeling in the bosom" can be a good intuitive guide to truth, it is no substitute for what is actually written in black and white.
---StrongAxe on 1/17/08


Dennis said, "The laws in the U.S. say that we can only be married to one woman at a time."

If you mean LEGALLY married (as in the eyes of the state rather than God), then certainly that is true. But that only speaks to the laws of this country today. There was a time when drinking alcohol was illegal in this country too. Did that mean it was sinful for Believers in other countries to drink alcohol? The real question is...who gets to define marriage and define sin? God or the government?
---righteouswarriors on 1/17/08


We now look forwards to the coming of the Lords return and those that had a wife should behave as if they had none(1 Cotinth 7), the spiritual blessings of God is more important than the flesh seeking ambition he wishes to promomte.when it is illegal to have more than one wife, the world is in such a bad state with one wife never mind another and children to feed.most of whom their dadies have run away from their maintainace bills!
---Carla5754 on 1/17/08


The Bible says that we have to obey the laws of the land. The laws in the U.S. say that we can only be married to one woman at a time.

D.
---Dennis on 1/16/08


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Eloy said, "David took many ladies "into his bosom", which does not mean sexually"

2 Samuel 12:8: "And I gave you your master's house and your master's 'ishshah into your bosom, and gave you the house of Yisra'el and Yehudah. And if that were not enough, I also would have given you much more!"

Which of the four possible translations of 'ishshah are you claiming is correct for this verse? Woman, women, wife or wives? Singular or plural? Why?
---righteouswarriors on 1/16/08


Eloy asked, "so David was married more than once...so your point is...?"

My point is he was married to these women (Micah, Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacah, Haggith, Abital, Eglah, etc) simultaneously. Isn't that the very definition of polygyny? How do you understand this verse if this isn't polygyny? What?...do you think he married and then divorced them over and over? Was mandatory monogyny (with its resulting divorce construct) preferred over perpetual marriage?
---righteouswarriors on 1/16/08


.righteouswarriors, so David was married more than once, and he had more than one child...so your point is...?
---Eloy on 1/16/08


,righteouswarriors, Nowhere in the verses you posted is sin being promoted. And from these verses, it looks like David was carrying out God's word of, "Be fruitful and multiply."
---Eloy on 1/16/08


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Eloy,

God's Word says:

2 Sam 3:2-5: And sons were born to Dawid in Hebron. And his first-born was Amnon by Ahino'am the Yizre'elitess, and his second, Kilab, by Abigayil the widow of Nabal the Karmelite, and the third, Abshalom son of Ma'akah, the daughter of Talmai, sovereign of Geshur, and the fourth, Adoniyah son of Haggith, and the fifth, Shephatyah son of Abital, and the sixth, Yithre'am, by Dawids wife Eglah. These were born to Dawid in Hebron.
---righteouswarriors on 1/15/08


strongaxe, David took many ladies "into his bosom", which does not mean sexually. To take someone into your bosom, means to be fond of them and friends with them, among all the other persons. Polygamy and adultery is sin, and neither of these are promoted in the verse. God is saying that he has given many "ladies" to him, that is lady companions, and he would even give much much more good things to him. "Wives" is clearly a mistranslation of the Hebrew in this verse.
---Eloy on 1/15/08


strongaxe, God is holy, God promotes righteousness, and God does not give any one permission to sin. Whenever you think that God is promoting sin when you read the scripture, it may be, as in this case of II Sm.12:8, the English translation is inaccurate: or it may be, because you are not in-spirited when reading the inspired words from God.
---Eloy on 1/15/08


.strongaxe, I correct you, the Hebrew patriarchs of God did not have multiple wives, this contradicts the Hebrew scripture. As I have already shown you the mistranslation of the Hebrew has incorrectly used "wives" many times when it should have used "woman" "ladies" and "mates". And neither were "concubines" physical intimacy with a woman on the side, other than the husband's spouse: for "concubines" were "maidfriends".
---Eloy on 1/15/08


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Carla5754,

Eph. 5:28: "In this way husbands ought to love their own wives (gune) as their own bodies. He who loves his wife (gune) loves himself."

In this single verse, the same original Greek word is translated in the singular and plural. So which is it? Does "gune" mean wife or wifes? Obviously, context is the key! So if we read Scripture with the assumption that only one wife is permissible, we will naturally interpret Scripture through that paradigm.
---righteouswarriors on 1/14/08


Eloy:

Yes, I agree that adultery is sin.
And yes, I know because Hebrew has no word for wife, it uses "woman" (Greek is similar)
But what does this have to do with what I wrote?

If you re-interpret 2 Samuel 12:7-8, you get
"And I gave thee thy master's house, and they master's [women] into thy bosom..."
Taking women to his bosom... do you actually prefer that God approve of David having adultery with these woman rather than approva of polygamous marriage?
---StrongAxe on 1/14/08


Andrea:

Most (if not all) of the Jewish patriarchs, as well as the "good kings" (David and Solomon) had multiple wives. Nowhere did God or any prophets ever condemn any of them for this, although they DID condemn them for many other things. Only Solomon was condemned for having multiple wives - and this was not for polygamy, but because he worshipped his wives gods. This was a condemnation of idolatry, NOT polygamy.
---StrongAxe on 1/14/08


No- you can not have more than one wife.
---rraea8898 on 1/12/08


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1 Corinthians 7:25
Now concerning VIRGINS I have no commandment of the Lord yet I give my judgmnet as one that hath obtained mercy of the lord to be Faithful.

7:26
I suppose that it is godd for the preaesnt distress, I say that it is good For A Man SoTo Be.
---Carla5754 on 1/12/08


1 Corithians 7:27
ART THOU BOUND UNTO A wife SEEK NOT TO BE LOOSED, ART THOU LOOSED FROM A wife? SEEK NOT A wife.


Now how is that to mean wives when a singular phrase is used a wife. Show evidence of this meaning loosed form wife to mean wives,
it cannot be plural wives instead of a singular wife here, the grammar used does not define more than one wife for reasons you claim. So Paul made a singular point.

ONE ON ONE.
---Carla5754 on 1/12/08


We are never to obey the laws of the land if these laws are contrary to God's laws. Most are. Satan would love nothing more than to convince Christians to bow and worship every godless law of the land. Bunk. I say BUNK again.
---catherine on 1/11/08


Romans 13:1-7 speaks of obeying your government's authority. Obeying the laws of the land is not only biblically sound but biblically mandated and as long polygamy is illegal where you live, if nothing else, there is the law of the land which prohibits you.
---Ciara on 1/11/08


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righteouswarriors ... Exzucuh was quite right.
The Bible does not say we must stop at traffic lights, so your argument would ean we could drive dangerously.
But it is against the civil law to disobey traffic rules, and so we must not.
Having more than one wife is against civil law, and the Bible commands that we obey the law.
---alan_of_UK on 1/11/08


Exzucuh said, "You cannot have more than one wife no matter what the bible says"

In my experience, there are two kinds of TRUE Believers:

1) Those who accept what God's Word says, provided it doesn't require anything from them, doesn't go against their cultural beliefs, and doesn't conflict with what they already KNOW must be true (POPULAR).

2) Those who accept God's Word as their FINAL AUTHORITY, regardless what their family, friends or personal opinions may be (UNPOPULAR).
---righteouswarriors on 1/11/08


No! it is not permitted for a man to have more than one God given wife it's illegal. But you will have Lust driven men with this desire but not the POWER to change the Law to accomedate them and basically they have nothing else better to preach. This first occured under Jewsish Customs/ lifestyle. Christ came and freed US from the lifestyle of the Jews not binds us back up in them as some are deperately trying to revive and manipulate those customs for their own self gratification.
---Carla5754 on 1/11/08


righteous..."Since God Himself gave commands regulating and even commanding polygyny in some instances" Please show where God commanded this
---christina on 1/11/08


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.strongaxe, pt.1 or 2: The Hebrew word 'ishshah' not only means 'wives', but it also means 'women', 'ladies', and 'mates' which are not necessarily married wives. The early English translators have translated the Hebrew word 'ishshah' 425 times to mean 'wives' and 324 times to mean 'women'. They have clearly mistranslated 'ishshah' many times to mean 'wives' when the scriptural context demanded the translation to be 'women' or 'ladies' or 'mates', and not 'wives'.
---Eloy on 1/11/08


.strongaxe, pt.2 of 2: Adultery is sin. God's order is: "For this cause will a man leave father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they will be one flesh. You will not commit adultery. Or know you all not that wrong will not inherit kingdom of God? Be not deluded: neither whores, nor adulterers, will inherit kingdom of God. Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." Gn.2:24+ Ex.20:14+ I Cor.6:9,10+ Hb.13:4.
---Eloy on 1/11/08


Mat 5:28 But1161 I1473 say3004 unto you,5213 That3754 whosoever3956 looketh991 on a woman1135 to lust1937 after her846 hath committed adultery3431 with her846 already2235 in1722 his848 heart.2588
Numbers represent Strongs definitional words...
---secondnatureman on 1/10/08


Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever3956 looketh991 on a woman1135 to lust1937 after her846 hath committed adultery3431 with her846 already2235 in1722 his848 heart.2588 Using this verse in-correctly could also say that if a married man lookes at even his own wife (she is still a woman)Then He committed adultry. The verse does not exclude his own wife, now does it. actually, if you read before that statement in the bible, you will see Christ was refering divorce and not polygyny.
---secondnatureman on 1/10/08


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The parable about the 10 virgins also shows that the 5 who were prepared were not rejected for not doing the work for the other 5 virgins that were not prepared and rejected. We can share GOD's word, but it is up to the individual to prepare with it. Remove even the dust from your feet and leave them to their own ways. Seems like the commenter who said the parable was about something else dosent seem to see that it has several meanings within it.
---secondnatureman on 1/10/08


You cannot have more than one wife no matter what the bible says, or what you think , it is against the law and you will be prosecuted and go to jail. God made it very plain that a man should have one wife. If he has more than one it only reveals that he is married to stupid women. And that he has an ego problem
and is probably a pervert.
---Exzucuh on 1/10/08


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---jody on 1/10/08


No where in scripture does God say it is alright to have more then one wife.
If you think that you can go seek another wife, flirt, date or look around at other women, I think you'll get what you deserve.
---Andrea on 1/10/08


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alan,

I probably should clarify something. As unfair or strange as this may seem to us, wives and children were always considered property of the man. As a result, the wife had no exclusive right to her husband (which is why he was able to marry more wives), in the same way as his only child could not protest if he wanted more children. Your question of "betrayal" would not apply, because all women understood the patriarchal authority of the husband was given by God.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


Please understand my heart here. I'm not trying to promote modern-day polygyny. I have thoroughly studied Biblical marriage for almost 5 years now and I'm simply trying to correct a common, but nevertheless incorrect, understanding of Scriptural marriage, adultery and divorce. It just breaks my heart when I see well-meaning fellow Believers attacking Godly marriage as something sinful or carnal, simply because they view all Scripture from a 21st century western mindset. Only God gets to define sin.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


alan of UK asked, "is there a difference between a married man sleeping with an unmarried girl...and two unmarried individuals sleepoing together"

According to Scripture, both cases are "zanah" (fornication) and equally prohibited. Fornication is no less of a sin than adultery, but they are still different sins. Under the Mosaic law, na'aph/adultery required the death penalty, while zanah/fornication required marriage and restitution to the father (assuming the girl was virgin).
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


Dr. Rich said, "The virgins are NOT the Bride!"

Matt. 25:1: "Then the reign of the heavens shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom."

The original Greek word there for "maidens" is parthenos (Strong's #3933) and refers to a female who has reached the onset of puberty and has never had sexual intercourse with a man. I'm sorry, but you're wrong. These virgins were to be MARRIED to the bridegroom.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


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righteous ... I have to acept your correction!
A question, then ... is there a difference between a married man sleeping with an unmarried girl (which involves betrayal of his wife) and two unmarried individuals sleepoing together (which does not involve betrayal of another person)
Both fit you definition of fornication.
The former situation is of course regarded as adultery by our society, but you say it not biblicaly adultery.
---alan_of_UK on 1/10/08


Deut 22:22: "When a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then both of them shall die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman. Thus you shall purge the evil from Yisra'el."

Lev 20:10: "And a man who commits adultery with the wife of another man, who commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor: the adulterer and the adulteress shall certainly be put to death."

Scripture is quite clear about what constitutes adultery.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


alan of UK said, "if they lusted after a woman, they were committing adultery."

Let's look at the actual Greek text:

Matt. 5:27-28: "You heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone looking at a wife [gune] to covet [epithumeo] for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Since adultery involves a married woman, to covet another man's wife would be adultery in his heart.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


catherine said, "it was never God's will."

Why would you say it was "never God's will" unless you actually read (without bias) what He says about it in His Word? In many verses, God permitted, approved and commanded polygyny, because God alone is the author of marriage. He created the man to be the leader. We simply have little understanding about Godly authority and patriarchy, so we can't easily grasp how God could say these things and it make sense in our western minds.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


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Trisha said, "Just because man in his own lusts wanted many wives does not mean that it was okay with God"

Since God Himself gave commands regulating and even commanding polygyny in some instances, I'd stick with the Scripture over opinions. The fact is God prohibited a woman having multiple husbands. Did you ever notice how there are so many Godly men with multiple wives in Scripture, yet no women with multiple husbands? Ever wonder why? It's because God prohibited adultery in His Word.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


alan of UK asked, "Are you saying that if a married man slept with an unmarried woman, he would not be committing adultery?"

Correct, it would not be adultery (na'aph) but rather fornication (zanah). It is still a sin, but a DIFFERENT sin. We don't say the thief committed murder, do we? Why call something adultery when it isn't adultery? God's Word is quite clear about what is adultery and what is not. Look at EVERY single example of na'aph (adultery) in Scripture and you can verify this.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


The Ten Virgin (Bridesmaids) prophecy is to point out what the KOH will be LIKE at the time just before Jesus comes like a thief (not in the clouds). The virgins are NOT the Bride! It is their job to get the Bride ready during the tribulation-Rev.7:9-14. The 144K come from the KOH (Rev.3:4) and wake the KOH up by telling them that Jesus is here and they must go meet Him (to find out the time for the wedding so they can get the Bride ready during the tribulation.
---Dr._Rich on 1/10/08


righteouswarriors say: "Adultery was determined by the marital state of the WOMAN, never the manSo it is today"
Are you saying that if a married man slept with an unmarried woman, he would not be committing adultery?
Rubbish!
Jesus told men that if they lusted after a woman, they were committing adultery.
Your attitude is like that of the Islamists, who say that the victim of a rape must be stoned to death, while the perpetrator gets off.
---alan_of_UK on 1/10/08


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righteouswarriors say: "Adultery was determined by the marital state of the WOMAN, never the man"
So it is today
Are you saying that if a married man slept with an unmarried woman, he would not be committing adultery?
Rubbish!
Jesus told men that if they lusted after a woman, they were committing adultery.
Your attitude is like that of the Islamists, who say that the victim of a rape must be stoned to death, while the perpetrator gets off.
---alan_of_UK on 1/10/08


Just because man in his own lusts wanted many wives does not mean that it was okay with God and just because it's in the Bible, doesn't make it an okay thing to do. The stories of the old testament are to teach us and also help to guide us away from the troubles they had. And no it does not benefit women. If you read it, you see there was jealousy and such. I think you are thinking it's okay because of some desire you may have within yourself.
---Trisha on 1/10/08


carol asked, "If God cared not that men had many wives, why then did He make as one of His commandments---Thou shall NOT commit adultry????"

Your understanding of the word na'aph (adultery) is not the same as the historical understanding of the word. Adultery was determined by the marital state of the WOMAN, never the man. Look at every example of adultery in Scripture for evidence. If a man slept with a MARRIED WOMAN, he committed adultery, even if he himself was unmarried.
---righteouswarriors on 1/10/08


I will put it this way, it was never God's will. It is amazing how many people can and will use scripture to justify their flesh. Blows me to Kingdom come.
---catherine on 1/10/08


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Eloy:

Can you find a single verse in the entire old testament or new testament that says that polygamy is a sin?

Yet there are quite a few in which God condoned polygamy, and in several instances (like 2 Samuel 12:7-8) where he explicitly approves of it, and in some cases, explicitly commands it (for example, the law for Leviate Marriage gives no exceptions if the kinsman is already married).

You may find it distasteful, but the bible does not.
---StrongAxe on 1/9/08


If God cared not that men had many wives, why then did He make as one of His commandments---Thou shall NOT commit adultry????
---carol on 1/9/08


secondnatureman quoted, "2Sa 12:8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah, and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things."

Good point! Those who think polygyny is sinful would be thoughtlessly implicating God in commiting sin regarding His giving multiple wives to David. We need to look to Scripture to tell us what is truly sin, not our culture.
---righteouswarriors on 1/9/08


Ephesians 5:31-32: "For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This secret is great, but I speak concerning Messiah and the assembly."

Carla5754, I don't think anyone was suggesting that this refers to physical carnal (sexual) marriage. Rather, marriage is simply a type and shadow of the spiritual reality of our relationship with Jesus. God uses what we understand clearly to help us with what we don't.
---righteouswarriors on 1/9/08


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sue asked, "Isn't that parable about the 10 virgins saying to be prepared for the second coming of Christ?"

Exactly. It was a warning to keep watch and be ready. The point was that Jesus would not have used an analogy of Himself sinning, so the bridegroom being betrothed to ten virgins at once, and then ultimately marrying the five that were ready, demonstrates that Jesus reaffirmed the commonly understood validity and lawfulness of PHYSICAL marriage between a man and one or more wives.
---righteouswarriors on 1/9/08


secondnatureman: Isn't that parable about the 10 virgins saying to be prepared for the second coming of Christ? Isn't it saying to be wise, like the 5 virgins who were prepared and not foolish like the 5 who were not? I dont think it has ANYthing to do with having lots of wives!
---sue on 1/9/08


Now your using scripture carnally instead of recognising the SPIRITUAL interpretation of the scripture. This Idea is rediculous Jesus never married now I know you need deliverance, CONVERSTION OVER who said women were DUMB! and men should preach( some men that is) I know your not Spiritual but carnal. Your fruits are not of God Pray about what you are saying, God never married a country that's impossicle the country couldn't possibly dress up and walk down the ISLE!
---Carla5754 on 1/8/08


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