Bible Polygyny

The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband. And likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife.. 1Cor.7:4


A maniac is one who is either insane, has an excessive and insatiable desire for something or is wildly irresponsible. One could be a sports maniac, living and breathing the chosen sport 24/7.

There are still a few Christians who level this claim against polygynists who, for reasons known only to themselves, see those who engage in polygynist marriages as being people who simply marry to satisfy heightened sexual desires. Perhaps by taking this high moral ground they affirm that they do not marry for sex, or that monogamous marriage is normal sex and only polygynous marriage is insanely excessive?

Obviously Moses, Abraham, Jacob and many other saints were sex maniacs, but they wouldn't dare level this charge against God who had two wives in a figure.

The problem with this objection is that it appears imbalanced. To these objectors it seems that the God given mutual expressions of love, pleasures and comforts that intimacy provides are acceptable in monogamous marriages, but seen as maniacal in polygynous ones. Consequently they conclude that those who chose the polygynist option are marrying purely on a sexual basis and not for love and all the other reasons that monogamists consider.

This stand begs the question, since when was frequency of intimacy a standard by which normal or Godly marriage was judged? Any partner in a monogamous marriage could have an insatiable appetite for intimacy, but would not be called a maniac because they are respectably behind the wall of monogamy.

Today there are some who see intimacy solely as a means of reproduction, but for most of us, in marriage, love expressed in the two becoming one flesh is a wonderful blessing from the Lord;
Gen 1:27 And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him. He created them male and female.

Thankfully those who level this charge say more about themselves and their opinions of marriage and are given little credibility in the polygyny discussion.

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