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Why is it that the church praises men in the bible that practice plural marriage....


Why is it that the church praises men in the bible that practice plural marriage....
Name: Lee
Add a little more detail (optional): Why is it that the church praises men in the bible that practice plural marriage but it does not believe in it ? Seems a bit hippacritical to me plz help me with this been going to a baptist church but have many ?


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Firstly, no church should really be giving praising anyone, save for our Lord Jesus Christ.  From the beginning, and reinforced in the New Testament, a husband / wife relationship is just that (one of each).  In the Old Testment we do read of several men with multiple wives.  This was never a commandment of God, nor was it actually condemned except for Deuteronmy 17, but that related to Kings not aquiring many wives (as well as horses and gold).

 

There are, and I believe this is one of them, places where God shows us His plan (singular marraige) but man goes his own way.  All of the accounts of the men with multiple wives (or concubines) have negative consiquences in their family dynamics.

 

I have seen it written that perhaps multiple wives were allowed because of the need to grow mankind in the early days, among other ideas, but I do not hold much to those theories.

 

The men we do read of with multiple wives were men God chose for His reasons and are important in our learing of the history of God's people.

I would like to echo what brother_mike has said.  When reading the Old Testament, you'll find a lot of bad behaviors that God does not want His people engaging in.  However, they are not there show us what is ok, but what is NOT ok.  You'll notice that God does not condone these behaviors, He shows us their consequences. 

 

Regarding multiple wives, it always came with negative consequences as brother_mike said.  The first detailed example we find is when Abraham took his wife's handmaid/servant, Hagar, because God had promised him a son by his wife, Sarah, but they had not yet concieved.  This displeased God because they were not patient and trusting and the result was the strife between Sarah and Hagar that ultimately led to Hagar and her son Ishmael being sent away on their own.  It is important to note that Ishamael is spiritual/ancestral father claimed by the Muslims, particularly Arabs.  Notice what God foretold:

 

Genesis 16

11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

 

For further examples, we see strife and hateful competition between Rachel and Leah (Jacob's two wives), David's multiple wives caused his own son to try to overthrow and kill him, Solomon's multiple wives resulted in his downfall with worldly lusts and idols that ultimately destroyed the united Kingdom of Israel.

 

While you will find instances of prominent, and even blessed, Biblical figures engaging in polygamy, you will never find it cast in a positive light and will almost always see strife and consequences associated with it.

I have seen it written that perhaps multiple wives were allowed because of the need to grow mankind in the early days, among other ideas, but I do not hold much to those theories.

 

Agreed.  Neither Adam nor Noah had multiple wives and they were both responsible for populating the earth.

I'm still new in the faith and learning but I think the problem is that some preachers are not teaching the whole story behind these great men. For example 1 Kings 15:5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. The last part of that verse is key to many things and men need to be instructed on the consequences of their sins to future generations even if that person was saved and in heaven.

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