The bible does not prohibit polygamy

@sabado_dc (1001)
Philippines
February 22, 2012 9:48am CST
1 kings 11:3 - Solomon had 700 wives 1 chronicles 14:3 - in Jerusalem David took more wives --The Bible does not prohibit polygamy and most of the old testament prophets were polygamous. Criticizing polygamy implies criticizing those messengers and this should not be acceptable to any true Christians. You may want to share your thoughts here?
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10 responses
23 Feb 12
You have to remember that the bible is written by the religious or political leaders for the people they are leading. If you are a priest in a community where the head man has a harem you are not going to say that god thinks is it bad for a man to have a lot of women because he could not keep his job long. Similarly slavery was common at the time the old testament was written so it does not say it is bad just lays down some rules. By the time the New Testament was written times and ideas had changed and the god that those writers were telling the people about was a different god. The problems with the many and varied contradictions in the bible arises only when you believe that the writers were inspired by some god or other once you get rid of that silly idea the whole thing starts to make sense
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@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
Thanks for your response I enjoyed reading it
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
22 Feb 12
sabado -- while Bible might have not prohibited polygamy -- i am not a christian -- managing one wife itself nowadays-- requires skill and giving up -- how can one manage more than one.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
If you are in a capacity to manage them justly, I don't see any problem to marry women of your choice. You are just committing sin, otherwise, if done only for your desire.
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@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Lotterylover, 'I think that if God had intended us to have more than one wife would have made another one for Adam' -- There was no marriage at that time. I wonder if Adam and Eve will know the definition of plural marriage just in case.
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@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
1hopefulman, Adam was lonely at that time and so God had pulled one from his (Adam's) ribs and created Eve for a companion. There was no arrangement done not until the snake teases Eve.
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@1corner (744)
• Canada
23 Feb 12
Back in the OT (Old Testament), it was the practice of Eastern men to marry several women if they were in a position to support them financially, & the children resulting from such unions. We're now living in post-New Testament days. Polygamy is unacceptable from a Christian perspective, and is ILLEGAL in modern societies to do so. If Christ can charge a man as an adulterer for divorcing his wife without just cause, you can deduce from that He's not in favor of "multiple simultaneous marriages". Also, if you go into Paul's 1st letter to Timothy chapter 3, where it talks about requirements for bishops & deacons, it is explicitly stated they must have only ONE wife. 1 Corinthians 7 & Hebrews 13, esp. verses 3-5, speak further about the sanctity of marriage. Personally, I find polygamy offensive, and especially since I've never come across a situation involving a woman with several "husbands". It always is about 1 man with different wives. What's up with that? And if you're unable to "criticize" men who engage in this practice, I'm sorry, but you don't know your Bible, nor agree with its teachings.
23 Feb 12
Its because women are more sensible, we don't want more than one man making a mess of our house! lol. One is enough to have babies with, more than one just means more socks to wash and more dishes piling up in the kitchen.
@1corner (744)
• Canada
23 Feb 12
Ladies (and whoever else read the above), I hope you don't think I'd espouse polygamy in favor of the female. The remark was meant to be amusing. Casandrina, all I can say is "wow!" Can't believe the men would agree to that (not to mention the woman). In which part of the world was it? For everyone, I'd typed in the wrong reference with the verses 3-5 bit. The correct one is Hebrews 13:4 alone.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
1corner, "I find polygamy offensive" --me too and it will cause lots of problems
@1hopefulman (28361)
• Canada
23 Feb 12
Remember we have to take the Bible as a whole to understand a subject completely. While polygamy was tolerated, it was not the original arrangement. God gave Adam only one wife and Eve only one husband. The command for the king was as follows: Deuteronomy 17:17 King James Version (KJV) 17Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. Obviously Solomon disregarded this command. God at times tolerates something but that does mean that he approves of it. Today, God tolerates wickedness but that does not mean that he approves of it. He tolerated polygamy during the time of the writing of the Old Testament. However with the coming of Jesus there were some serious adjustments in the way Christians would worship God. One of them was that polygamy, the having of more than one mate would not be acceptable any longer. He explained it in Matthew 19:3-9 Early Christians did not have more that one wife or more than one husband.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
"Early Christians did not have more that one wife or more than one husband" --Johnrock has termed it newhearts and I liked it... 1hopefulman, thank you so much!
@1hopefulman (28361)
• Canada
27 Feb 12
We have to remember that the Kings of Israel and the Israelites did not always obey the commandments of God. The prophets were send to them to try to straighten them out but they persecuted and even killed some of the prophets that God send to instruct them. Notice this strong condemnation on the part of Jesus and they even killed him. Matthew 23:29-37 American Standard Version (ASV) 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, 30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell? 34 Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: 35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
28 Feb 12
"We have to remember that the Kings of Israel and the Israelites did not always obey the commandments of God" --But, during the intertestamental period, according to what I have read, they (the Jews) had slowed down. Polygamy began to be criticized by them, the people of Israel. The old practice then was forbidden under the New Testament where some passages found in Timothy and Titus can witness it
@samar54 (2456)
• Egypt
22 Feb 12
Of course the Bible does not prohibit polygamy As you're said , David Solomonhe had hundreds of wives and David had many wives and is known as Abraham had three wives, Jacob married four,and Esau married three ,them all peace and blessings ,
@samar54 (2456)
• Egypt
24 Feb 12
Were not to have any problems with , the problem of what she gave birth to his son, the first ,his first wife Sarah sinking and asked him to take her away he , took her to Mecca and left there with a child ( Ismail ).. He prayed to them
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
"you have come up with a good..................." So, the bible does not prohibit polygamy as long as it is sacred
@1hopefulman (28361)
• Canada
3 Mar 12
@ sabado_dc... God did not institute polygamy. He tolerated it for a while as he tolerates many things for a while. When Christianity was established, the toleration of polygamy ceased and so it has been ever since among those that want to do the will of God. God's purpose is progressive, it is never stagnant. You would be surprised where we are now! Just keep reading the Bible and keep searching and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free from errors and lies.
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
25 Feb 12
Hello, sabado-dc. You are very correct. In the new testament to be a bishop he had to be a man of one wife. The same with deacons. This implied that there was plural marriage. But, others who were not bishops or deacons COULD marry more than one woman. The reason for a single wife for bishop and deacon was because they were to focus more on YAHVAH and his flock than on his wives. The passage you used for Solomon was that he loved his wives more than YAHVAH. That is why his heart was turned away. Yet it was almost normal for them to have more than one wife.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
I think that I am now conviced with what johnrock and 1hopefulman had said --early christians headed down a new road thank you so much for your response
@JohnRok1 (2051)
27 Feb 12
codymac, I think you've misunderstood. No Christian, once a Christian, being married, could take a spouse additional to what he/she already had. But no Christians, found in a polygamous state at conversion, were encouraged to take the initiative to put away spouses simply in order to make themselves monogamous. Additionally, Christians in a polygamous state were disqualified from from being elders or deacons, but that didn't justify their breaking family ties already in existence. As always, family obligations, if real (example of an "obligation" that isn't real: taking the family to the seaside on the Lord's day instead of church because little Johnny says he's bored with church), take precedence over church activities.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
5 Mar 12
hehehe
@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
23 Feb 12
God allows polygamy. But it is not to be done lightly and it is allowable with many conditions. If it is done according to what is allowed and conditioned by God, it will not be harmful to anyone.
@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
24 Feb 12
No. Frankly, I'm not sure anyone would be able to practice it perfectly. One of the condition is that the man has to be fair to all the wives in EVERYTHING; physically, mentally, economically, etc, etc. With all our innate characteristic, it will take a super human to be perfectly fair. The tendency would be more to the favorite one, be it the youngest, prettiest, or whatever reasons.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
"If it is done according to what is allowed and conditioned by God, it will not be harmful to anyone" -- nice point of view. however, please answer my question if it is applicable for both genders' favor?
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
27 Feb 12
Yes, I meant it wont be harmful to both gender.
@neelia_lyn (2004)
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
Can you site any example from the new testament? They may have many wives in the old testament but there were consequences (which were not good)that the next generations after them have suffered. Jacob had 2 wives and 2 concubines, and the consequences are seen even these days.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
One lotter have asked if there has ever been same issue in the NT and I answered Mathew3:17-18
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@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Mathew 5: same verse mentioned
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@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
There is Polygamy in the Old Testament and although the Bible did not explicitly explained why it was not prohibited by God way back then, it is understandable that there must be good reasons why. However, this does not mean the Bible does not prohibit Polygamy. It did not during the Old Testament maybe because of some circumstantial reason but in the New Testament there are verses that go against having more than one wife and besides it is clear that God's original design is for a man to have just one wife. Otherwise He should have had created more than one Eve for Adam.
@sabado_dc (1001)
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
"Gods original design is for a man to have just one wife" -- And that is due to the one flesh aspect of marriage, the need for oneness and harmony in marriage, and the lack of any real need for polygamy, it is our firm belief that polygamy does not honor God and is not his design for marriage
• India
2 Jun 12
Durin gthose days, polygamy was widely practised.