Editor’s note: While Mr. Ohlman is rushing around doing damage control and erasing/rewriting large swaths of Let Them Marry so that it doesn’t make him sound quite as creepy as “Game of Thrones” Craster he’s completely neglected the many other blogs he’s written on. Many of the same thoughts and toxic rules for marrying are on all the other sites. Here’s a bit about polygamy where Von is trying to debate someone else. The person he is debating remarks are in bolded italics, Von’s are in plain text.
>>>When discussing same-sex marriage I often point out that redefining marriage would include legalizing polygamy, and sometimes the response is, “What’s wrong with that?”
=== One of the most appalling things about this argument is that even the most trivial of Bible Scholars should realized that this is putting the cart rather dramatically before the horse.
===Sodomy is a death penalty offense in the OT, and no Godly men were ever reported to be Sodomites; whole cities were destroyed because of Sodomite activity.
>>>While the Old Testament tells of many persons who have more than one wife,
=== This is damming with faint praise. ‘Many persons’? First of all, no need to be politically correct here, it is ‘many men’. And who were these men? They were a role call of ‘who’s who’ in the OT: Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon… the founder of the nation, the man God renamed ‘Israel’, the leader of the exodus and giver of the law, the man after God’s own heart and the wisest man in the world.
=== And the list doesn’t end there: Samuel’s father, many righteous kings and, at one point, even God is said, metaphorically, to have two wives.
>>>the Bible gives no evidence that God has ever sanctioned this practice.
=== Oh? First of all, let’s get the issue straight. No one in the OT ever claimed that God *required* polygamy; or that polygamous men are somehow more Godly. All that was ever seen is that polygamy was *allowed* and not condemned.
=== And there is ample evidence of that. As above, to begin with, where Godly men had several wives and were not condenmend for it. Secondly, the various laws hardly show any condmentation. Consider Deut 21:11: And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; or 15: If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
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