The fundamental Argument for Christian’s in a Polygamist Marriage
One of the most important argument from the Holy book that Christian plural matrimony is permitted is the fact nowhere in the Bible is it CERTAINLY NOT permitted, or criminalized, or punished, or even talked against. Seriously.
To be fair, you’ve probably noticed stories taught in house of worship that are held up as examples, or evidence texts, or justifications for monogamy, and as all of us in the West came of time in a culture that suppresses polygamy, keep in mind that take much ‘convincing’ for people to nod and simply accept our teacher that certainly, in fact, that does indeed ‘prove’ it.
On expression, though, those examples fall season apart, and are easily shown to not ‘prove’ anything. Not if most likely seriously interested in logic and facts and what constitutes substantiation.
The first step in apprehending what the Holy book really teaches about matrimony is to realize that the entire case against polygamy on the western part of the country is based on inferences sketched from individual stories and the occasional proof text message that is generally about marriage but not specifically about polygamy. There is no verse in the Bible that says Our god disapproves of polygamy.
In the event that your response to that is “yeah, but… very well, you are have a hard time with this. The Bible is chock packed with express prohibitions of manners, including criminal sanctions completely up to the fatality penalty for inappropriate marriage or sexual relationships. A single might feel that if The almighty had an issue with plural marriage He might have mentioned it at least once somewhere in the scriptures. But This individual didn’t, and the stop is deafening. Allow that sink in….
Once you get used to the idea that the Scriptures has no express forbidance of or punishment for polygamy, Step Two is to comprehend that in the scriptures polygamous men are routinely held up as being patriarchs and exemplars of the faith, with no critical mention made from their family situation. There are lots of examples of this, but the most clear one of the bunch–jaw shedding, really, if you haven’t thought this through before–is King David.
2 Samuel 12:7-13 – And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 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. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. (emphasis added)
With this passage, Nathan is facing David for the fatal double sin of marriage act and murder, after David knocked up Bath-Sheba and then had her partner killed in an make an effort to avoid the effects of his adultery. Consequently, David gets a fitted and just punishment: Since he took another male’s wife in secret, The almighty will take his wives or girlfriends before his eyes (which did happen later). Since David had Uriah slain with the sword, Our god promises that the blade will never leave David’s house (and several of his sons were later killed).
But look at what happened because inner part: “I gave thy master’s wives into thy bosom. ” Inside the charge against David, one of God’s gripes is the fact he acquired already given David a bunch of wives, and could have cheerfully given him more “if that got been too little”. Possess you ever gone again to God and said, “Thanks for the gift idea, but it’s not enough, I want more. inch? Seems pretty far-fetched for us, but that’s just what God’s inviting here. This individual previously blessed David in so many ways, and would have been prepared to do more, so there was never any need for David to steal Uriah’s “one little ewe lamb”.
What was God’s judgment of David’s life? Oh, right: “A man after [God’s] own heart” (Acts 13: 22), who “did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and flipped not aside from any thing that he led him all the days and nights of his life, save only in the subject of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15: 5). According to the Scriptures, David’s eighteen or so wives were not a problem.
So with David, we have a man after God’s own center, doing everything right besides for that one thing, and God says that other than that one thing, David did nothing at all contrary to God’s tips. Further, God says this individual gave David a lot of wives and would have given him a bunch more if David would have just asked. Would God have done that if He got a problem with polygamy?
There is no sole prohibition of polygamy in scripture. Instead, approved men and women are shown as polygamous without critique or comment from Goodness (at least not for their polygamy, whatever otherwise they may have become in trouble for), and God gives men multiple wives when it suits Him to accomplish this.
The third and final step up this process is that once you understand that the Holy book doesn’t show us The almighty condemning or criticizing polygamy, and in fact This individual appears to be fine with it, providing multiple wives on occasion, then you start wondering how it came to that the institutional church in the West so strongly rejects plural marriage. Discover hope for that question that we’ll develop in more detail elsewhere on this site, but the short version is that a reasonably quick research of church history will identify when and how and why the concept of legally-enforced monogamy crept into the church and then took over. In which reason we all progressed up thinking this way; it just doesn’t always have whatever to do with the Bible.