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    Hello Folks!
    Does anyone know if polygamy (practise of having more than one wife) is against christianity, Can you quote the relevant scriptures or verses about Polygamy in the Holy book!

    You are welcome to express your view even without the relevant bible scriptures!

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    read mathew 19 . overthere jesus talks about it and he says is man and woman not man woman and woman . so .. the bible in the old testament it was allowed but in the new testament it is not, and we are in Jesus covenant not in old covenant, but we can learn many things of the old testament.

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    Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make him a companion to help him." In the garden of Eden, God shows us His perfect plan. He didn't create multiple wives for Adam, He merely gave Adam one, Eve. Marriage is a symbolic, earthly manifestation of Christ and His church. He does not have multiple churches, but simply one love; His chosen remnant. That is why when we worship idols or earthly things, God refers to us as adulterers, for we have cheated on Him. One man....one woman.....God's perfect plan.

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    people point to David, Solomon, et al from the old testament as their backing for having multiple wives, but what you will never find is multiple wives did NOT cause conflict/disturbance (sorry for the double negative) in the ability of the polygamist to follow God's direction....

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    "But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband."
    1 Corinthians 7:2

    It is also not good to cheat on your wife or husband.
    Having more than 1 wife would be cheating.
    & Yes in the old testament solomon had many wifes im not exactly sure of why it was okay or why he did so i will not speak on that.

    IM happy if God picks only one man for me who believes in God =D who i can spend many years or my life with =D

    I believe Polygomy Is wrong.
    Last edited by NoTearsShed; February 1st, 2010 at 05:24 PM.

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    POLOGYMY IS AGAINST THE BIBLE

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    It was never allowed in the old testament either, however many of the people in did so anyhow. God created Eve for Adam. One man, one woman. There were not two women. The bible says we are to cleave unto our wife, NOT wives. It also says we are not to covet another mans wife, or commit adultary, these I consider at best to be dissaproving of polygamy.

    That is just how I feel and what I conclude from my reading of the bible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheonix View Post
    It was never allowed in the old testament either, however many of the people in did so anyhow. God created Eve for Adam. One man, one woman. There were not two women. The bible says we are to cleave unto our wife, NOT wives. It also says we are not to covet another mans wife, or commit adultary, these I consider at best to be dissaproving of polygamy.

    That is just how I feel and what I conclude from my reading of the bible.
    Name one point where it says you can't have more than one wife.

    Is it directly against the bible.. well no. Is it wise in todays society and does it glorify god today? Not really either.

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    Solomon was the wisest king to rule Israel. He had 700 wives. The guy wrote the book of Proverbs.

    Theres your answer.
    Last edited by Walt; February 4th, 2010 at 12:09 AM. Reason: forgot

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    the chinese picture word that shows a house with a woman in it is peace
    the picture word that shows a house with 2 women in it is trouble

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    Solomon was the wisest king to rule Israel. He had 700 wives. The guy wrote the book of Proverbs.
    Solomon turned from God though, because of his women. You forgot to mention that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MahogonySnail View Post
    Solomon turned from God though, because of his women. You forgot to mention that.
    As did his children and theirs. As a result of that the kingdom was split in two, Israel was destroyed and Judah soon after. Subjugated by foriegn heathen kings who had no knowledge, understanding or care for God. The jews have been scattered to the wind ever since. and don't get me started on the modern country of Israel. That has been nothing but trouble and they've had to fight for their very existence right from the start. Mostly because it was forced on the Arabs by people who should have had no say in the matter whatsoever. If the western world wanted to create a jewish state they should have given up some of their own territory instead of giving them someone elses land.

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    I think it's pretty clear in the New Testament and yes Jesus did address it with the woman at the well.


    Ephesians 5:31

    31(A)FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.


    John 4:7-19

    7Presently, when a woman of Samaria came along to draw water, Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink-- 8For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy food--
    9The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that [a]You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?--For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans--
    10Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God's gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.
    11She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and the well is deep; how then can You provide living water? [Where do You get Your living water?]
    12Are You greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?
    13Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
    14But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
    15The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come [continually all the way] here to draw.
    16At this, Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come back here.
    17The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband.
    18For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly.
    19The woman said to Him, Sir, I see and understand that You are a prophet.

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    Polygyny (more than one wife) was most certainly allowed and it could be argued proposed in the bible.

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

    "If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish." Exodus 21:10.

    "If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his." Deuteronomy 21:15-17.

    The biblical sin of adultry only applied to women, primarily because it was the only way to ensure that the partriarchal line was legitimate. "ADULTERY" --- na`aph (pronounced: naw-af') in the Hebrew means, "WOMAN that breaketh wedlock". This applies to the Matthew 19:9 verse.

    Paraphrasing here but Exodus 21:10 basically says that a man can marry an infinite amount of women without any limits to how many he can marry.
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    2 Samuel 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.

    God is telling David that he could have requested more wives if he wanted, so long as they didn't belong to another man (Uriah). This definitely was permissible in the Old Testament, and no-where in the new does it say it's forbidden (as best I know).

    Don't get mad at me ladies, I'm not saying I agree with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeartOfGod View Post
    I think it's pretty clear in the New Testament and yes Jesus did address it with the woman at the well.
    I disagree with your interpretation of the "woman at the well" scripture reference. I don't believe that scripture quote mentions polygamy, but rather the fact that the woman was married and divorced several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuestionTime View Post
    I disagree with your interpretation of the "woman at the well" scripture reference. I don't believe that scripture quote mentions polygamy, but rather the fact that the woman was married and divorced several times.

    Quest
    What I was trying to get at with that is that Jesus didn't approve of her having so many husbands. There is also scripture on divorce as well too in the bible.

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    Scripture on Divorce

    Matthew 19:7-9

    7They said to Him, "(A)Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?"
    8He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.
    9"And I say to you, (B)whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

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    Deuteronomy 17

    17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
    Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.

    - Heywood Broun

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeartOfGod View Post
    What I was trying to get at with that is that Jesus didn't approve of her having so many husbands. There is also scripture on divorce as well too in the bible.
    A woman can't have many husbands, but it doesn't say a man can't have many wives.

    Quote Originally Posted by HeartOfGod View Post
    Scripture on Divorce

    Matthew 19:7-9

    7They said to Him, "(A)Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?"
    8He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.
    9"And I say to you, (B)whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

    Verse 9 is tough. But does it really say that a man can't marry a second wife while keeping the first?

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    Acts 26:18 "to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."

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