I recently came out into the open with a lifelong christian friend about my beliefs and feelings supporting the biblical basis for polygamy. She is not a biblical scholar and her response was obviously a cut and paste from some websites. I thought it might prove useful to post them here, so others can see what some use as an arguement against biblical polygyny. Although sad, I did find some of these points amusing as how poorly they use the scripture in the argument.
I thought it would be a good mental excercise on defending ones position on biblical polygamy.
I know you’ve probably read all of these… But after reading them myself, I don’t see how polygamy could be justified for our day in age. It’s not what God intended marriage to be. Just some more for you to think about. –my friend
What does Scripture say about Polygamy?
In Matt. 19:4 we are told by Jesus that God created one “male and [one] female” and joined them in marriage. Mark 10:6-8:"But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
The two as one is the pattern on how marriage was to be conducted from the start. NOT three or four as one.
Eve was taken from Adams body and given back to him as his wife (singular) showing God’s approval of what the marriage union is to be like. God always spoke of man’s “wife,” as singular, not wives. Notice it also states one father one mother.
It wasn’t until sin made man fall (Gen. 4:23) that polygamy occurs. Cain was cursed, Lamech is a descendent of Cain and the first to practice polygamy. The first time polygamous relationship is found in the Bible is with a thriving rebellious society in sin; when a murderer named “Lamech [a descendant of Cain] took for himself two wives” (Gen.4:19, 23).
The same Godly pattern of one man and one wife is lived by Noah. At the ti…
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