for sane people when it comes to a serious matters they don't talk in signals and metaphors, and leave people to predict what satisfies their desires. I imagine a clear god would say, "polygamy is forbidden" , "whomever practice this great sin I'll melt him with H2SO4".....or with less clearness "whomever practice this sin, the god should clearly punish him and clearly tell people what was the reason. All of your evidences are very weak and based on your predictions. for example as the god created originally a male and female from the free-well human and he did the same for every other creatures, lions, dogs, fly, ........ and those creatures have no free-well. they are programmed by god and this god program directs them to practice polygamy. I mean creating one and one have no relation to what the god have in mind at this moment.
Yes, God said exactly that in the Bible. As I said God - is clear on the matter and does not condone polygamy. As God does not change His mind then for sure I don't know where that leaves you.
It is of course true that it was a worldly custom, in patriarchal times, and in the days of the Kingdom of israel, for kings and wealthy men to take plural wives. A harem was one of the symbols of royalty.
But God FORBADE polygamy for the kings of israel.
Here is God's LAW respecting polygamy by israel's kings:
"When thou art come unto the land which the Eternal thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me. . . . Neither shall he multiply wives to himself,
that his heart turn not away" (Deut. 17:14, 17). It is spoken of as "THIS LAW" in verses 18 and 19.
israel's first king, Saul, had plural wives. But in this he disobeyed God and followed the custom of the kings of the worldly nations around israel. It was SIN. It was not approved by God.
David had several wives. But after his tremendous sin of taking Bathsheba and having her husband murdered, David repented, in real heart-rending repentance. And he never repeated the sin.
See II Samuel 12:9-12. "Now therefore," said God (verse 10), "the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised ME, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife." Notice, David despised GOD -- not merely the commandment of God, as in verse 9, but also the very Person of God! He did it by taking this woman as his wife. Therefore the sword was never to depart from his HOUSE.
The HOUSE OF DAVID, at that time consisted solely of these plural WIVES, and his children. This was a tremendous, super SIN. God was meting out tremendous super punishment. Now notice the next verse we see
"Thus saith the Eternal, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house. . . ." His own house included his wives and children. What evil? God has just said the sword will now come upon his house - his family. God continues: ".... and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun."
Notice - this was to be done in the sight of THIS sun, in broad daylight. God continues: "For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all israel, and before the sun.
David repented. "And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Eternal" (I Samuel 12:13). You will read of David's private prayer of repentance to God in the 51st Psalm - I can post it if you like.. the prayer of a really broken and contrite heart. It was real repentance. David turned from polygamy.
The next words in this text in II Samuel 12 are: "And Nathan said unto David, The Eternal also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die." However, the son to be born of this adultery was to die. Thus was Gods punishment - God took all his wives, leaving Bathsheba only. With David's first and only legitimate wife, Michal, probably dead, God also had cleared the way for Bathsheba to become the legal wife of David. Apparently this was done, that she might be the mother of Solomon, through whom God was to keep His unconditional, dynastic, promise to David , a forefather of Jesus Christ , and a prophet used in writing the Bible.
After this David was away from Jerusalem. But, returning, there were ten concubines (left of his his former harem). Here is what David did with them:
"And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood" (II Sam. 20:3).
Just as David kept the ten concubines "in widowhood" - that is, he had no relations with them, for they had been defiled by his son Absalom.
David had truly repented. He practiced polygamy NO MORE! When David was becoming old, he went "fully after the Eternal" (I Kings 11:6). He was "a man after God's own heart," because his heart was right. He did repent. His heart turned to GOD. His life's race ENDED in victory. If David felt the need in his heart for repentance that can only mean he knew he had sinned against God, the fact he turned his back on his previous polygamous ways shows he knew polygamy was a sin before God.
As to your point on animals being polygamous by nature is not only a weak excuse but a ridiculous comparison. God set man above the animals from creation, why would you assume we were to share the same "morals". In fact animals don't live by a "moral" code they live by instinct so the point you make.. If there is one becomes meaningless.
Solomon married 700 +300, if the god didn't like that, I guess he should send him a signal with the 2nd marriage or the 3rd.....may be the 5th or the 10th or the 100th ....but keeping blessing him and not mentioning any problem regarding marriage tell 1000, it tells me that he liked it. regarding that wife who take his heart towards something, it may happen by the first wife...or a friend or a family member,....so should the god forbid families?!!!!!
His son, Solomon, started out righteously, unselfishly, relying on God. But, "when Solomon was old," he had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines - it must have been a record harem! And his wives turned away his heart from God, and to their idols.
It was SIN! Regarding it, God's Word says as I mentioned previously - "Solomon did evil in the sight of the Eternal" (I Kings 11:6).
David started out in polygamy, but God punished him. HE REPENTED thoroughly, and he finished his reign with his only living wife. Solomon finished his life in polygamy and idolatry - and God, in punishment, rent the KINGDOM away from his son, Rehoboam.
GOD DID NOT CONDONE POLYGAMY! He PUNISHED those who practiced it! It was always SIN! It is SIN today! Hosea and other prophets constantly dwell upon the thought of monogamous marriage as being a symbol of the union of God and His people, and denounce idolatry as unfaithfulness to this spiritual marriage tie. I'm not denying there was polygamy in ancient israel. But it was SIN! God condemned it - He never condoned or sanctioned it. They reaped what they sowed.
BTW, Islam is the only religion that clearly highly recommend one wife (some may see it as obligation, if the second marriage is not for a morally justified reason, and possess of the health, spiritual, time and finance requirements ). BUT in case of justified reason like the one i proposed before Islam limited the number of marriages to 4.
..... But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hand possesses. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to injustice].4-3
..... And you will never be able to be equal [in feeling] between wives, even if you should strive [to do so] 4-129
Bit in bold, simply isn't true. I've demonstrated through the long history of the Bible monogamous relationships were Gods plan for mankind from the beginning of creation.
marriage is not only for bed right, or children or spiritual mixing or providing needs or having a partner and friend, all are needed and important and will save the society. it's more than that, plz google other benefits
I already said that. However, I added that in my opinion a marriage contract isn't necessary in order to just care for someone, be it companionship or for provision. God ordained marriage for family, father, mother and children. The is only one father and one mother needed to produce a child.
you keep putting your self in the position who own something and others wanna steal it. it's not like that, this guy is not your property, and other ladies are not thieves. He, you, them and all of us belong to the one who set the rules, god. any way, you need consider the opposite or at least, this scenario " you and other young lady and one healthy man are left in an island, probably for ever. now, either the man will marry the other lady (which is more probable) and this case you keep watching them or the other and in this case the other lady will keep watching you (this may lead to jealous and trying to damage the family or having fun out of marriage and out of bed children ..... ) or sharing like most of the greatest ever men and ladies in the O.T.
On the contrary, no person own another let's be clear on that. No man owns a woman or vice versa. Any who place "ownership" over another does so against Gods will. BIble claims - all are equal (men and women) in the sight of God. Don't confuse responsibilities with ownership.
I can state categorically that your scenario of two women and one man stranded on an island, weather marriage being an option or not would in all likely hood result in jealousy, because inherently we are not meant to share a spouse. We are made to be monogamous. That some people share or enter into affairs or plural marriages it's mankind's choice and it's a choice against Gods law on the matter. That makes it a sin.
I have a question, why the westerners attack polygamy more than relations out of marriage? comparison, which is more stupid in side of god and have severer consequences on the society?
I would imagine because they see polygamy as a form of adultery and as such a sin against God. Both are a sin in the sight of God and both have severe effects on society. It's interesting to note that it's a relatively small number of Muslims in the world practice polygamy anyway, maybe they can see it's not good practice or find it hard to get their wife to agree to a second wife. Whatever the reason, a good many Muslims and non Muslims accept that the ideal is a monogamous marriage between a man and a women and this is Gods will.