"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Galatians 5:14
I'm bored, just one of them days. So, I don't read the Old Testament much, but today I decided to. Sure was a whole bunch of polygamy going on… when/why did that change? I've always been made to believe that Jesus put an end to that in the New Testament, I wasn't sure as to exactly where though, so I decided to investigate. Also, I'm curious as to if the Jews still practice polygamy, seeing as they don't use the New Testament? Anyway, the biblical timeline of men, women, and marriage is as follows: genesis 2:24, "therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." God made Adam and Eve, everyone knows that, but then just two chapters later, I'm Genesis 4:19, there's the first appearance of multiple wives when Lamech gets two. In Genesis 16:3 Sarah gives her husband, Abraham, her maid as a wife. Then in Genesis 17:19–21 God steps in, not to put a stop to this activity, but to tell Abraham that both sons, Isaac and Ishmael (from two different wives), would be blessed with two separate kingdoms. From there the trend of multiple wives continues, not out of the norm, most men had one wife, but it continues nonetheless, never once been frowned upon. Now, in the new testament, people use Matthew 19:4–6 to say that Jesus ended polygamy – but, how so? Because He quotes Genesis 2:24 and says, "... The two shall become one flesh. What God has joined, let no man separate."?? He was talking about divorce, not about polygamy. Chapter 19, verse 3 to 12, is all about divorce. Next, in Matthew 25:1-10, he tells the parable of the 10 virgins who were all to marry ONE bridegroom. Why would he tell a story about a polygamist marriage and not mention that it's a sin? Even more, why would he compare the five wise virgins (Who actually make it to the wedding) to those who are excepted into heaven if it were a sin? And the polygamy issue and there. (Though in Paul's letters he instructs bishops and deacons to be men of one wife.) Every other form of sexual immorality is mentioned: adultery, homosexuality, premarital sex, etc. Masturbation is omitted, but lust and "burning with desire" is mentioned, and what is masturbation if not just that? This is a very interesting topic; The Bible 100% does not speak against polygamy, in fact it supports it. So when, and why, did the church start teaching against it? It's not simply a progressive, equal rights thing, many denominations still refuse to let women become priests because of 1 Corinthians 14:34–37 and 1 Timothy 2:12–14. Did God/Jesus change his mind on the issue of polygamy? "For I am the Lord, I do not change" - Malachi 3:6. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" – Hebrews 13:8 i'm not too sure that having multiple wives would really be worth the headache maybe one of those things that come back and bite you in the butt. Be careful what you wish for, you know? Hmmm... May be the main reason it was stopped was because Jesus taught us to care about the feelings of others; i'm sure in most cases of polygamy the wives didn't have much of a say if that has been decided to add to his flock. I can't imagine a new wife being very welcome to the first wife, nor can I imagine the first wife's feelings not being hurt. See what happens when you're filled with the Holy Spirit! I had just made an airtight case for polygamy, but it came out and showed me why, even though I'm right scripturally, I am still wrong! Grr... Reminds me of a dream that I had last week: I was hanging out with a hot chick, she was begging me to "do it" with her and I said, "I can't, I promised God I'll wait until I married." Lol! What kind of crap is that?! I can't even sin in my dreams anymore? The old me is rolling in his grave! Whatever, too bad the old me can't do this time for me while the new me is set free! They should invent that! Ha ha, away for that. Like, when anyone is sent to prison it should be for life, and you can only get released if you can pass the polygraph proving that 1. You're sorry 2. You've changed. If that takes one year, four, or 35 shouldn't matter, just that you're sorry and "rehabilitated".