God's original intention. So arrogant of Christians to claim they know God's "intention" by looking at particulars in the Garden but ignoring the changes after the fall.
God commanded, made laws for polygamy and in fact destroyed one man who refused to practice it. I think God tells us clearly in His or that polygyny is acceptable to Him. Pity the modern churches can't agree with God.
And Joash did the right in the eyes of Jehovah all the days of Jehoiada the priest. And Jehoiada took two wives for him, 2Ch 24:2-3
God only made one wife for Adam so that is God's original intention and God's ideal.
Following the same logic we should all attend church naked, since obviously God made Adam and Eve naked and so that was God's original intention.
Woman was created from
man’s “rib” thus being created from
man to be reunited with him as one flesh and they were both
naked & unashamed.
Then the traditionalists smirk and say but after the fall God made clothes for people which is correct and after the fall, God made laws for polygamy as well. We can't use an argument for one view and disallow the same reasoning for another.
Here are some other things about the Edenic administration.
Adam was limited to a garden which he was to work and guard from something. Was it God's original intention that all people live in the Garden of Eden? No.
Adam was forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but not the tree of life, in other words a tree was available to sustain him in life, that is, NO DEATH existed when Adam, then Eve were created (Gen.2:15-17). How ridiculous to say today we should not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil since it was God's original intention.
Are you beginning to see how stupid this argument really is?
When we have no plain statement
of Scripture to support monogamy only, we have to resort to such loose
and wicked handling of God's Word.
If the above was Gods original intention, why aren't we all vegetarians, attending church naked and all childless? But God changed things after the fall, right? And God blessed those with more than one wife and called them His friends. Would you consider calling polygamists your friends?
In Eden before the fall they had endless life at hand, bountiful provision, direct communication with God and a life without pain. On the other hand, they were directly exposed to the enemy, inexperienced, without precedence and practice and came into the world as adults. Adam was limited to one area and one Law. In this sinless and deathless war zone, one companion was created.
Do the same
conditions exist today? In that environment God made one partner for
Christians can't demand monogamy from Gen.1-2. The fact that God's Word never uses these chapters against polygyny should be proof enough for those who compare spiritual with spiritual.
Show from one
passage of Scripture God claiming that one wife was His original
intention and so all men should have one wife?
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