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"Why Were Things Like Polygamy OK in the Old Testament But Not Now?" Print E-mail

What about the issues in the Old Testament with families like masters sleeping with their servants and men having many wives or even the issue of "inter-family" relationships and the like? Was it a population issue? When did the law change? Why was it okay then and not now?

Great question! The problem is, the Bible rarely makes commentary on historical events. If it did, we would see notations like "[and this was not only sinful but STUPID because God's plan for marriage is one man, one woman for life, and bad things happen when we disobey His commandment]."

The fact that sinful, unwise behaviors are recorded (without commentary) in the Bible doesn't mean it was OK any more than newspapers reporting on crime means they condone it. They're both just telling you what happened.

Hope this helps!

Sue Bohlin
Probe Ministries


About the Author

Sue BohlinSue Bohlin is an associate speaker with Probe Ministries. She attended the University of Illinois, and has been a Bible teacher and conference speaker for over 35 years. She is a frequent speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women's Connections), and serves on the board and as a small group leader of Living Hope Ministries, a Christ-centered outreach to those dealing with unwanted homosexuality. Sue is on the Bible.org Women's Leadership Team and is a regular contributor to Bible.org's Tapestry Blog. She is also a professional calligrapher and the webmistress for Probe Ministries; but most importantly, she is the wife of Dr. Ray Bohlin and the mother of their two grown sons. Her personal website is suebohlin.com.

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