What To Read First
What to Read First
This page and its content were first created on the original TRUTH BEARER website, in 1997. Five years later, in 2002, another Christian Polygamy community web-site
was launched, expanding upon
the very arguments originally presented on this page here. That other site, BiblicalPolygamy.com, is fully
authorized by the TruthBearer.org organization to use these arguments to more comprehensively
lay out the many different arguments showing that...
...Christian Polygamy really is Biblical.
This is just quick run-down of Scriptural PROOFs
of the truth of Christian Polygamy (polygyny-only).
This page here is provided in short, "sound-bite" format.
- Malachi 3:6a-b and Hebrews 13:8 --- God does not change (nor would He, therefore, "tolerate" sin, as some mistakenly assert).
- Titus 1:6 and 1_Timothy 3:2,12 --- "One wife" --- mia is the Greek word (for the word, one, in those passages) may also be translated as first, as it is, for example so translated in the phrases, "first day of the week" in Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-2, and Acts 20:7. Furthermore, in 1_Timothy 5:9, a widow's "one man" is not mia but the Greek word "heis", meaning the numeral-one, and not meaning the adjective of "first". (There is so much more to this particular matter here than that which this "sound-bite" here can address, but is addressed throughout various places throughout this web-site. The fact is, no one can INSIST that these three "one wife" verses can NOT be instead translated as "first wife", which makes more sense to translate those verses as "first wife" anyway.)
- Exodus 21:10 protects the first (and previous) wife(s). Note that this verse comes only 22 verses AFTER the 7th Commandment against Adultery in Exodus 20:14.
- Malachi 2:14-15 --- "wife of thy youth" is a man's first wife, the wife with whom he grew and learned how to so love, bless, and edify any wife.
- 1 Corinthians 7:27-28d is ONLY about married men (whether or not a previous wife has departed). If a man marries another wife, he and the new wife have not sinned.
- 1_Corinthians 7:10-11 is a Commandment of God that, when a previously-departed wife returns, her husband and his new wife (from verse 27c-28d) MUST let the previous wife be reconciled to her husband.
- 1_Kings 11:3-4: Solomon multiplied wives (up to 1,000!) which was prohibited and prophesied that a king would do in Deuteronomy 17:17. But that passage in 1_Kings 11:3-4 says his father David's heart was "perfect". Indeed, where Solomon had multiplied (i.e., stored-up, hoarded), David had only added his 18+ wives. (In Genesis 25:1, "Then AGAIN Abraham took a wife... Keturah". The word,"AGAIN", there translates to add --or "augment"-- in the Hebrew. And, indeed, Abraham was adding his third wife Keturah to himself.) So, Solomon's sin was multiplying wives while his father David had simply added wives.
- Deuteronomy 21:15-17: this is a specific instruction in the Law Itself to any man with "two wives".
- 1_Corinthians 5:1: A son had fornicated with his "father's wife". This does NOT refer to the man's mother. Indeed, the term, "father's wife", is a very specific term. Leviticus 18:8 refers to "father's wife" as specifically separate from "mother" in the previous verse of Leviticus 18:7. Note that the "nakedness" of a "mother" is referred to as her own "nakedness" while the "nakedness" of a "father's wife" is referred to as the FATHER's "nakedness". This same differentiation is observed again in Deuteronomy 27:20,16. In fact, what the fornicator had done as per 1_Corinthians 5:1 was the same sin as that of Jacob/Israel's firstborn son. Reuben had committed the identical sin with Jacob/Israel's wife, Bilhah, in Genesis 35:22. (Yes, Bilhah was Jacob's wife ; see Genesis 37:2.) And for Reuben's act of "uncovering his father's nakedness" by fornicating with his "father's wife", Bilhah, Reuben lost his birthright as firstborn. 1_Chronicles 5:1 reveals that this was because Reuben had "defiled his father's bed". Indeed, the reference to "father's wife" in 1_Corinthians 5:1 does reveal an actual polygamist identified in the New Testament, i.e., the father of the mentioned fornicator.
- Matthew 19:8-9, Jesus simply repeats the Deuteronomy 24:1 "as it had been in the beginning" when it was written. In Matthew 19:3, the Pharisees were asking about "every" reason for divorcing, but Jesus returned back with the only one allowed reason (the woman's "fornication/uncleanness"), as per Deuteronomy 24:1.
- "ADULTERY" --- na`aph (pronounced: naw-af') in the Hebrew means, "WOMAN that breaketh wedlock". This applies to that same (as just above) Matthew 19:9 verse. Namely, note that (in that verse) it is because the first husband CAUSED his first wife to commit adultery (by violating Exodus 21:10, see above, in putting her away so as to "replace her") that he is therefore guilty of CAUSING her adultery. That is HOW he is guilty. He had CAUSED his first wife to "break her wedlock contract". And of course, that first wife for "breaking her wedlock contract" with her first husband, and the "second husband" for particiapting in that act, are both guilty too. But notice, the SECOND WIFE is not guilty of anything. And if the first husband had not put away his first wife, but instead kept her as well as marrying the second wife, he would not have CAUSED his first wife to "break her wedlock contract". Hence, he would not have been guilty of any Adultery in any way. Indeed, Adultery simply and only means "WOMAN that breaketh wedlock".
- "ONE FLESH" --- "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall
cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Genesis 2:24, referenced in Matthew 19:5,6,
Mark 10:8, 1_Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 5:31. A man is "one flesh" with EACH woman with whom he copulates, whether in marriage (wife) or in fornication (harlot). When a married man, who is therefore already "one flesh" with his wife, copulates with
another woman, that does not then negate his being "one flesh" with the wife.
This is evident by the fact that 1_Corinthians 6:16 reveals that a man can be "one flesh"
even with an harlot. As even a married man, therefore, can become "one flesh" with an
harlot, that proves that a married man can indeed be "one flesh" with more than one woman,
without negating his being "one flesh" with his wife.
As that is so even with a married man with an harlot, it is thus just as equally true
regarding a man being "one flesh" with more than one wife.
For further proof, the very next verse provides the context of the plural-to-one aspect,
i.e., 1_Corinthians 6:17: "But he that is joined unto
the Lord is one spirit." As EACH Christian is joined as "one spirit" with the Lord, that
then demonstrates the context of the plural-to-one aspect. Namely, as EACH
Christian is joined as "one spirit" with the Lord, so too may EACH woman
be joined as "one flesh" with one man. Lastly, when the Lord Jesus, in Matthew 19:5,6 and Mark 10:8,
was re-quoting that original "one flesh" verse of Genesis 2:24, He was only dealing with
the issue of divorce, saying, "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Matthew 19:6c-d.)
That was opposing divorce of God-joined marriages, of what God Himself had joined together as
"one flesh". For context, it is exegetically important to note that the
"one flesh" verse itself of Genesis 2:24, which the Lord Jesus was
re-quoting, was written by Moses. And Moses married (was "one flesh" with)
two wives: Zipporah (Exodus 2:16-21 and 18:1-6) and the Ethiopian woman (Numbers 12:1).
The term, "one flesh", could not otherwise allegedly mean that a man could not be "one flesh"
with more than one woman because three things did indeed happen.
1) Moses did marry two wives.
2) Moses did author such other verses as Exodus 21:10 and Deuteronomy 21:15.
3) Jesus Christ did not speak against Moses'
being "one flesh" with two wives. Hence,
the Scriptures reveal that Jesus and Moses
knew what "one flesh" meant when Moses authored Genesis 2:24:
a man may be "one flesh" with more than one woman.
- 1_Timothy 4:1-3a: the "Spirit speaketh expressly" and prophesied of the time of "forbidding to marry". Today's churches, (some unwittingly) "speaking lies in hypocrisy", would forbid the marriages of Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Moses, Gideon, and David ---not to mention forbidding how God described Himself in Polygamist terms in Jeremiah 3 and Ezekiel 23, and how Christ the perfect Saviour did likewise when He referred to Himself as the Polygamist Bridegoom in the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13). Indeed, such churches would not even allow such holy ones in the Scriptures to bring their families into their churches. And yet, clearly, the Spirit expressly foretold of this in 1_Timothy 4:1-3a.
For deeper detail, you may find another Christian Polygamy community web-site, BiblicalPolygamy.com, informative as well.
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