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Christians should not practice polygamy

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P olygamy is a common practice in Africa and among Muslim believing people. It is the practice of a man having two or more wives. It has been practiced almost as long as man has been on earth. Since polygamy has been here a long time, many people think it is alright. Is that true? No! Sin has been with man longer than polygamy. Is sin alright? No! Just because something has been here a long time does not make it right. For a thing to be right it has to be accepted by God.

What is God’s attitude toward polygamy? God is the one who brought marriage into the world. He made the first man, Adam (Genesis 1:26). He saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone. He then made a “wife” for Adam. Notice God did not make “wives” for Adam. If He had wanted Adam to have more than one wife, He would have made him more than one. One was enough. God knows best. https://truthfortheworld.org/more-than-one-wife
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The question of polygamy is an interesting one in that most people today view polygamy as immoral while the Bible nowhere explicitly condemns it. The first instance of polygamy/bigamy in the Bible was that of Lamech in Genesis 4:19: “Lamech married two women.” Several prominent men in the Old Testament were polygamists. Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, and others all had multiple wives. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (essentially wives of a lower status), according to 1 Kings 11:3. What are we to do with these instances of polygamy in the Old Testament? There are three questions that need to be answered: 1) Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament? 2) How does God view polygamy today? 3) Why did it change?
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Is it acceptable for Christians to practice polygamy?
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“Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” - Genesis 2:24 Note that he becomes flesh with his wife. Singular. Not “wives.”
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“Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” - Genesis 2:24 Note that he becomes flesh with his wife. Singular. Not “wives.”
Not only that, but it is a Biblical requirement that Church deacons and elders must be the husband of 1 wife. Monogamy is listed as second only to being blameless. God clearly considers polygamy to be a sin that prevents one from being blameless, otherwise it wouldn't be listed.
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Monogamy was the convention of both Jewish and Roman society at the time of Christ and when the New Testament was written, and so it’s assumed, not mandated, by the early Church, just as polygyny (one man, multiple women) was assumed in the time of the Patriarchs. But do note just how those polygamous marriages are recorded — each one, fraught with cruelty and competition and deceit. It sounds like the ancient Hebrews were sending a warning.
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The first marriage was conducted by God almighty himself. Have you ever asked yourself why did God create only one woman for Adam, there are 24ribs in a man’s body, why did God take only one rib out of 24ribs to create JUST one woman for Adam, he could have been able to take two or five ribs from Adam and create two or more wives for Adam right ?
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Allah Said in Quran ( Last Holy book on earth ) , which describe you could marry to one ,Two, Three and four but beside this Allah said you will not keep justice between them. And also non-muslim think that Muslim married to satisfy his Lust but this is totally wrong perception. society will not support to that Women who got divorce, widow etc, in such situation God said to Men to get married with these Women. But in other religion Society doesn't treat well with these needy Women and use them a Toy.
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God made one man Adam and one woman Eve, he didn’t make several women for Adam just one.
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No. a marriage is where two people become, “one flesh”. Obviously not physically, but yet in very real ways, two individuals become a single, joint organism.
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There is nothing in the Bible that condemns polygamy. God had many opportunities to condemn the polygamy of the Old Testament prophets, but apparently never did. On the contrary, all of the sons of Jacob were blessed by God regardless of the fact that they came from FOUR different mothers.
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It depends what part of the Bible you look at.
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Of course not. Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation would be a prime example.
He wrote:

“It is not in opposition to the Holy Scriptures for a man to have several wives.” De Wette, Vol. 2, p. 459
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It is wrong to be polygamous anywhere. This is because, at it’s core, it is “unequal”. That may not sound too bad. However every facet of their lives is based, in this relationship, on the inferiority imposed on women. This is a great crime perpetrated on millions of women. It is also wrong to the men that have been “married out” of a family life. Basic math tells you that if one man can have five wives, four men can't have families and a married life
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Christians throughout time have done whatever they wished. They honor the ten commandments and yet divorce, steal, commit adultery and do not observe the Sabbath on Saturday.
They change the rules of their religion as needed at their convenience.
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The Bible doesn't specifically prohibit polygamy, but it depends on which translation you study. It could in some instances be interpreted to discourage polygamy.
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