Bible Polygyny

Tom Shipley's
wider examination
of what constitutes
adultery

Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world.
He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.
Joh 8:12

 

Single people having sex with single people are not committing adultery; adultery involves married partners.
Joh 8:3-5  And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman taken in adultery. And standing her in the midst,  they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned. You, then, what do you say?

I am sure many Christians have asked themselves why, if the woman was caught in the very act of adultery the man was not brought as well. The Law is very clear:
Lev 20:10  And a man who commits adultery with a man's wife, who commits adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

The Law did not say that the married woman alone was to be killed. Perhaps her partner was single or they did not bring the man because he was their friend. Maybe our Saviorís question exposed their guilt in this very matter (Jn.8:7).

Do you know the Laws for consenting or forced intimacy?

Opponents pointlessly quote Ex.20:14 to refute polygamy conveniently ignoring Ex.21 where the Lord gives commands for those men who had more than one wife.

Adultery is not taking another wife, it is married partners having sex with other married folk outside their marriages. David committed adultery with Bathsheba while she was another man's wife, David did not commit adultery with any of his wives given to him by God or taken by his own choice. David and Bathsheba were not committing adultery when Solomon was conceived for then Bathsheba was David's wife.

Polygamy is not adultery.

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