On Wed, 18 Feb 1998, Russell Maatman wrote:
> Charles Cairns wrote on Wednesday, February 18, 1998 4:34 AM
> > Russell wrote, in part:
> > >...one could get the eimpression from parts
> > >of the Old Testament that polygamy is ok. Polygamy, like some OT
> > >God suffered, but did not approve.
> > Hi Russel,
> > Do you have references for God's disapproval of polygamy?
> > --csc
> One could, of course, point to all sorts of problems--God's punishments, I
> assume--associated with polygamy in the Old Testament. But I don't think
> you are looking for an inductive approach.
> Rather: The pre-fall ideal was one man with one woman (cf. Gen. 2:4); after
> the fall, polygamy appeared; but when Christ redeemed his people--as
> expressed in the New Testament--there was to be a return to one man-one
> woman. This ideal is expressed in Titus 1:3, for example. Then, at the end
> of the NT, in Revelations, Christ meets his bride, the church--not brides.
> Surely, if the beginning and the end are ideal situations, then the time
> between should have come up to that ideal.
> Thanks for listening!
> Russell Maatman
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