Why Do Christians Condemn Polygamy When The Bible Clearly Allows It?


The undeniable fact is, Bible is vague and contradictory. This question has been bugging me for a long time and on like so many people that goes with what their various "daddy GO" told them, I'm not one of them. When I read the Bible, the logical interpretation is glaring to everyone but yet people tend to see other things from the interpretation rather than what it actually conveys.

The question is; why do Christians claim biblical marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman when the Bible clearly allows 1 man to many woman (polygamy)?

The truth is, whether you choose to believe otherwise because of sentiments and what you personally call morality, the fact still remains that everyone can interpret the Bible the way he or she understands. Please don't claim your interpretation is best. To be candid, the advantage of such a massively contradictory, and vague and often metaphorical book as the bible, is that you can interpret it many different ways.

The fact that there are, depending on who's counting, 10-50,000+ different sections of Christianity, all of which have at least slightly different interpretations, is empirical proof, that the bible is not a perfect communication from God. Any human can write a more clear communication, why would the God of Truth encourage division with such a contradictory, vague book as the bible? Reason why I didn't offer CRS when I was in Secondary school.

To answer the question in my own idea, (you can answer in your own way via the comment box below) the typical Christian way of dealing with this argument, is that God's created ideal, was monogamy... underwritten by the Adam and Eve story, and backed up with a couple verses in the New Testament, and that he allowed things like divorce and polygamy to allow for human weakness or something. Kind of like why he allowed slavery.

Because the all-powerful God who bothered to outlaw shellfish and mixing fabrics, couldn't be bothered to confront an evil in the culture of the day, and instead allowed it and regulated it. One wonders why they are bothered to confront what they see as an evil in our culture (LGBT), when God couldn't be bothered to confront owning, beating, and raping slaves, and instead explicitly allowed and regulated it.

Funny how when they talk about objective morality, they claim morality is grounded in God's character. What logically follows, is the highest ideal for humans to strive for, is to behave as God does. God allowed owning, beating, and raping slaves.

What does God do when he see's a child being raped? What does God do when he sees a child starving to death? When he sees parasites boring into their eyes? - Nothing. Obviously. If your morality comes from copying God's character, you cannot then justify stopping suffering. You SHOULD BE campaigning against modern medical science, vaccinations, etc.

You should be in favor of allowing suffering, rather than making things better... rather like Mother Theresa was. Mother Teresa and the fatal love of suffering. Anyway, it's all entirely irrelevant, because of the separation of church and state, what the bible says about marriage has nothing to do with what the laws should be regarding marriage, because that would be a clear example of the state establishing a religion.

If you can't make an argument in a way that doesn't require your religion, aka a secular argument, then it doesn't apply to politics. It only applies to your religion. Otherwise you are forcing your religion on others, which is a violation of religious freedom.

One would wonder then, why do people give credence to the morality and the supposedly way of marriage being peddled by the vague Bible.

The gospel truth is this: Polygamy or Polygyny (1 man to many woman) is explicitly not forbidden in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Torah includes a few specific regulations on the practice of polygyny, such as:

Exodus 21:10 "If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marital rights". 

Deut 21:15–17 states that a man must award the inheritance due to a first-born son to the son who was actually born first, even if he hates that son's mother and likes another wife more.

Deut 17:17 states that the king shall not have many wives. The king's behavior is condemned by the prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:8. Over 40 important figures had more than one wife, such as Esau - [Genesis 26:34] [28:6–9], Elkanah - [1 Samuel 1:1–8], and Solomon [1 Kings 11:1–3]. Moses had three wives; Zipporah [Exodus 2: 21], the daughter of Hobab - [Numbers 10: 291] and the "Cushite" woman. [Numbers 12: 1].

Multiple marriage was considered a realistic alternative in the case of famine, widowhood, or female infertility. The practice of levirate marriage obligated a man whose brother has left a widow without heir to marry her. [Deut 25:5–10].

Polyandry which is another form of polygamy was explicitly forbidden. If a man slept with a woman married to another man, both were to be put to death for adultery. [Deuteronomy 22:22] Under this law, if two men were married to one woman, all three would be subject to the death penalty. It is for this reason that all examples of polygamy in scripture involve polygyny, not polyandry, and in most Christian discussion the words "polygamy" and "polygyny" can be considered synonymous.
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