What would Jesus say about polygamy?
What would your and your extra-spouse's inlaws say about it? Your church pastor? Your employer? Your close friends and neighbors? The police and courts?
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Jeremiah 23:30 Therefore, hey, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another.
Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Malachi 2:15 Has not the one God made and sustained for us the spirit of life? And what does he desire? Godly offspring. So take heed to yourselves, and let none be faithless to the wife of his youth.
Could polygamous Lamech, Abram (later: Abraham), Jacob (later: Israel), Gideon:
Judges 8:30 Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives.
....Elkanah (husband of Hannah), David (with his main wife Bathsheba, two wives Ahinoam and Abigail, his other wives:
First Chronicles 3:1 These are the sons of David that were born to him in Hebron: the first-born Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelitess,
2 the third Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith;
3 the fifth Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth Ithream, by his wife Eglah;
4 six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven years and six months. And he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem.
5 These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four by Bathshua, the daughter of Ammiel;
6 then Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet,
7 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,
8 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine.
9 All these were David's sons, besides the sons of the concubines; and Tamar was their sister.)
....plus Solomon, with his 600 wives and 400 concubines:
First Kings 11:3 He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.....
.....be accused of being "faithless to the wife of their youth" and/or guilty of "bigamy" for the harems they had?
WHERE did God (if ever) condemn them for such polygamy? Where???
Were the marital harems of Old-Testament saints and Bible-book authors better than such noble and goldly patriarchs committing fornication and adultery with the equivalent of masseuse-harlot prostitutes or call-girl escort whores? Keep in mind that the females in those harems were NOT sluts, but instead marital concubines and wives....and sexually violating any of such could result in Scripturally-ordered stoning or perhaps even cutting off certain body parts (see Deuteronomy 25:11).
Present governmental civil law allows and results in neither arrest nor conviction nor fines nor jailtime for Christian-Bible-forbidden and disallowed so-called "legal" nude-dance bars, brothel prostitution in Nevada, outcall exchange-massage advertisements in publicly-available city tabloids and newspapers, allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, medically-certified abortion-homicide murder against womb babes, anti-creationist and heretical evolutionary mythology, and internet porn ranging from R-to-XXX-rated.
Rather than that wickedness, why not instead allow Christ-justified Biblically-historical harems for qualified polygamous men...instead of restricting everyone (including foreign-visitor Saudi and African sheiks) to sexist-feminists-promoted/beardless-homosexuals-condoned "traditional" 'one man for one woman' monogamy?
First Timothy 3:2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife [no polygamy for them!], temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher....
1Ti 3:12 Let deacons be the husband of one wife [and no polygamy for them!], and let them manage their children and their households well...
If a pastor of an IRS-affiliated 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation church is allowed to preach from a Judeo-Christian KJV or RSV or NASV Old-and-New-Testament Holy Bible....which Bibles contain doctrinal directives the State many times and cases is against in what is "legally" allowed....why cannot such pastors, with "Church" resources (including and beyond merely those of a physical nature) perform common-law marital ceremonies without financial transactions relating to State tax affiliation for Christian couples who do not want to acquire nor possess State marriage licenses nor State marriage certification?
That certainly is preferable to Church-avoiding heterosexual couples "living together and shacking up in sin [outside of any kind of non-Governmental consensual marriage declaration] who neither want to register their romantic relationship with the State, nor want to suffer the anti-getting-married "Premarital-Counseling" interrogation of pseudo-pastors who demonically tyrannize as described below:
First Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared,
3 who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods (for pseudo-kosher legalism, or on Fridays or during Lent) which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;
5 for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
6 If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
...and who clearly disobey:
Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be non-defiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
...with their modern quasi-bible mistranslations against First Corinthians 7:1, imposing a: "It is good for a man to not marry" damnable and diabolical heresy.
Though 501(c)(3) 'churches' escape tax liability (being "non"-profit taking collections in offering plates) and are under some zoning restrictions relating to IRS plus county/city affiliation, church vestry/custodians/elders do establish service contracts with water, sewer, electrical power, garbage collection, and other utility companies. However, there is no law stating that the managers and owners of such utility businesses who contract services with churches must charge those churches for services done.
The prospects for completely keeping sexually pure (24/7), and for not being able to totally sublimate aroused sexual cravings with diversionary workaholicism, are bleak and practically non-realistic for most normal men, without at least voluntary singular or multiple common-law marital relationships:
Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:32 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her [out to be?] an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
First John 1:10 If we say we have not sinned, we "make" Him (does that mean: "actually turns Him into?") a liar, and His word is not in us.
John 5:10 He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who does not believe God has made Him [out to be] a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne to His Son.
Harem acquisition and retention is, of course, only for 'one man with [multiple] women:'
Romans 7:3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she belongs to another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and if she belongs to another man she is not an adulteress.
First Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to belong to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
First Corinthians 7:40 But in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I have the Spirit of God.
Mark 12:19 "Master, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, and leaves his wife behind him, and leaves no children, then his brother should take his wife and raise up seed to his brother.
Matthew 22:28 In the resurrection, therefore, to which of the seven will she be wife? For they all had her."
Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Notice that Jesus did NOT say that they are no longer married but only that there will be no weddings (or as He put it: "neither marry nor are given in marriage"), nor is death the cause of automatic divorce, being that:
Matthew 19:6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man pull apart (and "man" not God pulls things apart when "man" (i.e. a human) dies because of murdering (him)self or others murdering him/her, whether quickly or gradually)."
Ruth 1:3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons.
Ruth 1:4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years;
Ruth 1:5 and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband.
Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.
Ruth 4:17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi." They named him Obed; he was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
First Timothy 5:11 But refuse to enroll younger-women [Gr. ne(o)teras] widows [Gr. ch(e)ras], for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire to marry,
First Timothy 5:12 and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first "pledge."
First Timothy 5:11 But the younger-women [Gr. ne(o)teras] widows [Gr. ch(e)ras] refuse, for when they have begun to "wax" wanton against Christ, they "will" marry,
First Timothy 5:12 having "damnation" because they have cast off their first faith.
The Lord through Saint Paul specificied who ONLY must be monogamous and not polygamous (and what their non-female-leadership-over-men non-feminist-sexist-chauvenist gender is in that case):
First Timothy 3:2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher,
First Timothy 3:12 Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households well;
Deuteronomy 17:14 "When you come to the land which the LORD your God gives you, and you possess it and dwell in it, and then say, 'I will set a king [Solomon?] over me, like all the nations that are round about me';
Deuteronomy 17:15 you may indeed set as king over you him whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not put a foreigner (Obama?) over you, who is not your brother.
Deuteronomy 17:16 Only [Solomon?] must not multiply horses for himself, or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, 'You shall never return that way again.'
Deuteronomy 17:17 And he shall not multiply [idol-worshipping?] wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall [Solomon?] greatly multiply for himself silver and gold.
Leviticus 21:5 They shall not make tonsures upon their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuttings [nor have tattoos, per Leviticus 19:28?] in their flesh.
Leviticus 21:7 They shall not marry a harlot or a woman who has been defiled; neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest is holy to his God.
Hosea 1:2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, for the land commits [not "performs" abortion homicide as some spectacular medical trick or achievement] great harlotry by rejecting the LORD."
Hosea 1:3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Hosea 1:4 And the LORD said to him, "Call his name Jezreel; for....I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
Hosea 1:6 She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the LORD said to him, "Call her name Not pitied, for I will no more have pity on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all.
Hosea 1:7 But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will deliver them by the LORD their God....."
Hosea 1:8 When she had weaned Not pitied, she conceived and bore a son.
Hosea 1:9 And the LORD said, "Call his name Not my people, for you are not my people and I am not your God."
Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the people of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which can be neither measured nor numbered; and in the place where it was said to them, "You are not my people," it shall be said to them, "Sons of the living God."
Hosea 1:11 And the people of Judah and the people of Israel shall be gathered together [beginning in 1948 A.D. when the State of Israel was re-formed?].....
Hosea 3:1 And the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is beloved of a paramour and is an adulteress; even as the LORD loves the people of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins."
Hosea 3:2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley [cheaper than $50-$150 for a masseuse escort].
Hosea 3:3 And I said to her, "You must reside as mine for many days [dissimilar to a non-married masseuse escort]; you shall not play the harlot, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you."
Hosea 3:4 For the children of Israel shall reside many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or teraphim.
Hosea 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.
Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, people of Israel; for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or kindness, and no knowledge of God in the land;
Hosea 4:2 there is swearing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds and murder follows murder.
Hosea 4:3 Therefore the land mourns, and all who reside in it languish, and also the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air; and even the fish of the sea are taken away [and thus there is environmental pollution?].
So WHO was that extra gal mentioned in Hosea chapter 3, and was she even an extra woman at all or instead merely a reference to Hosea's wife Gomer?
One thing is for sure. Gomer was indeed defiled, in that she was "a wife of harlotry" and also the woman mentioned in chapter 3 of Hosea was also defiled in that she was both "beloved of a paramour" and "an adulteress."
Reference of the phrase "the people of Israel" in Hosea 3:1 and "the children of Israel" in Hosea 3:4 and 3:5 plus "David their king" does not necessarily mean that the woman mentioned in Hosea chapter 3 is one and the same as Gomer. Remember, that chapter three women is NOT specifically named as Gomer. Who even knows for sure whether or not Gomer was a Hebrew Jew, and who the duce was "Diblaim"?
What is clear is that no bloodline children nor specifically-named children are stated as coming from that purchased-for-food-and-a-few-shekels woman.
Genesis 28:1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, "You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women.
Genesis 38:2 There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; he married her and went in to her,
Exodus 6:15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the families of Simeon.