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Jlof at aol.com
Fri Sep 1 10:49:52 PDT 2006
"Bobby" asks some good questions. But before I respond, let me, please, refresh our memories as to exactly what the context of our discussion here is. The context here is what Mr. Finkelman said which is: "Biblical law of course allows polygamy. If it was good enough to the Biblical patriarch and King Solomon, why isn't good enough for people today?"
COMMENT: I believe Mr. F's obvious assumption that "Biblical law of course allows" polygamy because people in the Bible did it and that's good enough for us today is a poor hermeneutic that is very dangerous. OK, now to what "Bobby" writes, please.
"Bobby": "How much weight does the absence of such a quote have in a discussion of what God does or does not approve of?"
COMMENT: Didn't say there was no such quote -- though I doubt there is one showing that God APPROVES polygamy. I merely asked Mr. F for Scripture to support what he said since he was talking about God's Law. I would strongly advise that whenever you're talking about what you think God's Law explicitly or implictly "allows," and by this word "allow" you're leaving the impression that God APPROVES of that which He "allows," yes, indeed, I think what you're saying must be on a solid Scriptural basis. We should not talk loosely about God and what we believe He says, thinks, approves or "allows." Be very careful here.
"Bobby:" "What counts as God approving of a practice?"
COMMENT: If you say God approves of a practice, I'd say the burden of proof is on YOU. Tell me what makes you think what you think. Show me the basis for your thinking in the Bible.
"Bobby": "Must the Bible explicitly say that God approves of a particular practice to infer that He approves of it? Must He specifically state his disapproval?"
COMMENT: No, I'd say certain things can be known by a reasonable inference from Biblical passages.
"Bobby": "Does God ever reproach Abraham for his marriage practices? Aren't there many practices described in the Bible of which God approves--common practices--despite God never explicitly stating is approval?"
COMMENT: By reasonable inference, as one of my Bible dictionaries says, Scripture presents monogamy as the divine ideal. The Creator made marriage as a union between one man and one woman <Gen. 2:18-24; Matt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 6:16>. Apparently polygamy, like divorce, was tolerated because of the hardness of peoples' hearts <Matt. 19:8>. After the time of Moses, polygamy continued to be practiced, especially by wealthy individuals, such as Gideon, Elkanah, Saul, and David <1 Sam. 1:2; 2 Sam. 5:13; 1 Kin. 11:3>. But the most famous polygamist in the Bible was King Solomon: "And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart" <1 Kin. 11:3>. The criticism of polygamy expressed in <Deuteronomy 17:17>, therefore, is not surprising: the ideal king to whom Israel's obedience can be rightly given shall not "multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away." John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com; Recovering Republican...
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