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One Man, One Woman – NOT

I’ve decided to start a new weekly series. I’ve been bothered by the so-called “Defense of Marriage” movement for awhile for a number of reasons. One reason in particular is what I view as the smug insistence by many Christians that according to God and Nature, marriage has always been between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN. For instance, here is an August 4, 2010 statement by Cardinal Francis George, current President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (bolding mine):

“Marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of any society. The misuse of law to change the nature of marriage undermines the common good,” Cardinal George said. “It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support for the institution of marriage. No court of civil law has the authority to reach into areas of human experience that nature itself has defined.”

“that Nature itself has defined.”If you search the internet for “one man”, “one woman”, you’ll find a lot of statements to this effect. Some will substitute “God” for “Nature”, but you get the idea.

The truth is through, not only is One Man, One Woman NOT defined by Nature, it hasn’t always been the Biblical model. The Bible, especially the Old Testament, is shot through with God tolerated or God Blessed polygamy and all you need is a concordance to find it. Since few people in the so-called “Defense of Marriage” movement seem to be looking in their concordances, I’m going to spend a fair number of weeks walking you through the polygamistic parts of the Bible.

My purpose is narrow. I know there is a lot of anthropological research out there about polygamy and other alternative marriage structures at different times and places in human history. This series won’t cover that. My purpose here is to show that the very Book the “Defense of Marriage” crowd uses as their bedrock defense doesn’t consistently say what they say it says. Marriage has NOT always been One Man/One Woman, not even in the Bible. It hasn’t stood “Forever and a Day.” It has changed in the past and could change in the future.

To be listed as part of this series, a polygamous Biblical marriage must meet one criteria — The arrangement must not be spoken disapprovingly by God. God in the Old Testament was quick to condemn all sorts of conduct, so if He’s silent on such a key matter as the number of wives a man has, I think it’s fair to say He doesn’t object.

With that as prologue, let us turn to Genesis 4:19 and meet Lamech and his wives:

Lamech took two wives; the name of the first was Adah, and the name of the second Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal, the ancestor of all who dwell in tents and keep cattle. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the ancestor of all who play the lyre and the pipe. Zillah, on her part, gave birth to Tubalcain, the ancestor of all who forge instruments of bronze and iron. The sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

Join me next week when we encounter Esau and his foreign wives.

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  1. In the book of Genesis it says God created us all in HIS image so IMO either God was BISexual or he created gays and straights because Gay is not a state of mind they are born that way

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