Gen 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife. And he loved her. ...
Oh dear, no official paperwork signed, no
priest to pronounce them man and wife,
But to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave
gifts. And he sent them away from Isaac his son while he still
Traditional monogamy only Christians must give up this refutation.
This argument is nonsensical, it's impotent, outdated and contrary to current law enforcement policies. Polygyny is illegal but the inaction against it tells us it is not legally enforced.
The laws against bigamy and polygamy might be on the books but the thundering silence of Federal and State prosecutors is more than just revealing. It says these laws are in statute but not in action.
We can feel for the law enforcement agencies in many countries particularly the USA. Let us consider the argument that polygamy is illegal which it is in all states of the Union.
Only 5 States issue licenses for the marriage of homosexuals. Three other states recognize such marriages but don't issues licenses, the rest of the States do not recognize such marriages.
In some States adultery remains on the books, laws which carried across from Britain. Are such people in those States prosecuted, even the Christians who fall into such sin? If not why not?
We feel for such officers of the Law who are forced to take action against one group but are inactive against others.
Imagine one gay, one lesbian and one adulterous law enforcement officer arresting polygynists in states where their own lifestyle choices are illegal. Why would such officers be in the positions they hold? What a ridiculous situation if the Judge was homosexual.
It would be prejudicial and discriminatory in the extreme for any state prosecutor to arraign polygynists before the courts and turn a blind eye to all other illegal activities widely pursued.
Don't ask don't tell? You have to be kidding! Homosexuality is illegal in 42 states. Perhaps polygynists should now adopt the same policy.
When the Law enforcement officers remove children from polygynists in those states which do not recognize homosexual marriages, why aren't they removing children from those marriages, or better still why aren't they prosecuting such folks who are co-habituating? Because the Law is a mess of worms.
We are finding that prosecutors are not taking action against polygynists for this reason. The Law is in a mess and it's up to the legislature to address the conflicts and bring in consistency by removing polygyny from the books. Polygynous families have been exposed and Law enforcement do not persue them unless there is a legal, certified multiple marriage then they can prosecute for bigamy.
There are dating sites operating throughout the USA where people can seek illegal homosexual encounters and marriages and adulterous activities. Does this mean States are prosecuting such people or even the dating sites promoting such activities? If these things are illegal why isn't the State more active? Tacit approval of laws which are either outdated or contrary to general acceptance is nevertheless approval. The Laws might stand but those enforcing them are inactive.
In the meantime don't expect all the polygamists to be prosecuted under the Law, unless at the same time prosecutions begin against adulterers, gays and lesbians who practice their lifestyle choices in such states where it is illegal.
Many Christians are now asking since when was marriage the prerogative of the State? If State laws and a license to practice marriage were the modern criteria for marriage then all of those married in Scripture are in fact not so. The Laws for marriage entered in recent history (1890-1925) and only in 1653 the Church decreed marriage a sacrament. So without Biblical authority we have been forced to follow both the formalized church and the state in an institution which was never theirs to control.
For this reason many Christians are leaving the "legal" marriage option and returning to marriage according to the Word of God.
should obey the law of the land which is against polygamy so it is
claimed by the traditionalists;
"law of the land" says no fault divorce. Then obviously, Christians
should never accept that option since Matt.19:9 strictly forbids it. Any
Christian who has "used" the Law of the Land as an option for divorce
other than that involving adultery is committing adultery and should
never be allowed in the church pews or pulpits. Any church that winks at
"no fault" divorce should remain forever silent on crying that polygyny
is illegal or against the law of the land. Hypocrisy is alive and well.
Read some legal arguments on the links page.
The law is in a state of flux in some western societies.
Canada is examining its position on polygyny
perhaps because it recognizes plural marriages originating in
countries where it is legal but then has legal issues against such marriages
inside its own borders; now there is a "what to do". Israel
likewise, with a growing gap of women out numbering men looks uneasily
at the polygynous enemies around them.
More on the "law of the land"
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