My position on marriage has been clearly stated and, I think, very well defended from Scripture, both Tanak and apostolic writings. Honestly, I think the position is bullet proof and unassailable, though I’d love to publicly debate/defend the position. The truth is that Christendom (including most Hebrew roots ‘Torah teachers’) run like scared rabbits when debate on the subject comes up.
Their great fear is facing hard questions like the following. They know the answers, but answering correctly destroys their position, so instead of truth, they prefer to be blustery nay-sayers who feign moral superiority like the pharisees of Matthew 15:1-14. They nullify the commandments of Yah for their traditions and lead many into a pit. They love their positions and titles more than they love truth!
Sad, really. But, I digress.
Following are a variety of questions they dare not answer followed by answers they know to be truth. Their silence indicates their guilt.
Does God regulate sin?
For clarity, does God ever say, “________ is sin, but if you are going to do it, this is how you do it righteously.” If this seems like a ‘no brainer’ it is because you don’t need a seminary degree or similar to help you figure out the truth. In fact, a seminary degree often leads the holder away from the truth… But, I digress.
I answered this question a while back with an article of the same title, Does God ‘regulate’ sin? While explained in a bit more detail in that piece, it is simple math to recognize that when God places boundaries on anything, by definition, staying within the boundaries is the definition of righteousness.
Did God ever command against Polygyny?
Is there a single command anywhere in Scripture preventing a man from having more than one woman simultaneously? Recently, one young ‘torah teacher’ thought he had found something the sages have missed for 3500 years, then he tried to defend it in public…
Simply, there is no command, or even allusion to such, anywhere in Scripture that condemns polygyny. In fact, there are multiple commands that in cases require polygyny. Levirate marriage, as one example, has no caveat that exempts a living brother from producing an offspring for his deceased brother if he is already married.
Would God make himself an unrighteous sinner in an allegory?
Is there any instance in Scripture of God describing Himself in sinful terms? I think NOT!! But, there are at least three instances where He describes Himself as having more than one woman/wife… Let that sink in. Got questions? Try Does God have two brides? He says that He does…
Was anyone who followed God’s laws concerning Polygyny called unrighteous for Polygyny?
Find me any place in Scripture where God condemns or calls out polygyny as sin. Go ahead. I’ll wait… In the meantime, I’ll point you to the number of men affirmed by God who had more than one woman… Hebrews 11 is a good place to start. Maybe, also consider the number of authors of Scripture who we know had more than one woman…
Would God give someone a good wage for sinning?
Fun question with a clear answer… Read ‘because…’
Or, simply see the following image:
See also, in the same chapter (Genesis 30:2, 6, 20, and 22) that Yah clearly creates the circumstances for Jacob having four wives, accepts credit for the blessing of sons, and only opens Rachel’s womb after ten sons had been born!! And, while we are at it,
If “marriage is between one man and one woman,” who was Jacob married to? And, which sons are legitimate?
Hmmm… crushing question…
Would God be a participant in helping someone sin?
God told Hagar to ‘return to your mistress and submit yourself…’ (Gen 16:10) God ‘opened Rachel’s womb’…. (Gen 30:22)
Would you condone divorce as a better alternative?”
Western Christianity is guilty of destroying Africa precisely because they broke up myriad families with their false Greco-Roman marriage ‘ideal’ in the name of ‘Jesus.’ I highly recommend Lauren Heiligenthal’s Evaluating Western Christianity’s Interpretation of Biblical Polygamy.
If you claim that plural marriages are invalid from the beginning of them, what then makes a marriage valid?
This should be interesting… A follow-on question is If indeed plural marriages are invalid, and Yeshua has multiple polygynous fathers in His lineage, does that make Him illegitimate?
Could you give a biblical definition of marriage?
Christendom typically refers to their doctrine as ‘traditional marriage., The reason they don’t say ‘Biblical marriage‘ is because the Biblical definition is not the same as what is traditionally taught…
Does God view polygyny as a valid form of marriage?
Over and over in Scripture genealogies include ‘his wives/women’ where appropriate. Notice the genealogies of Abraham, Jacob, David, etc. One great example is 1 Chronicles 3:1-9. There is not a hint that any son is illegitimate or any woman not his wife. Again, Yeshua is referred to as the ‘son of David,’ (by his seventh wife)…
There are many more questions like the following that Christendom can’t or won’t answer because their position is wrong and easily undermined by straight Scripture and simple logic.
Likewise, how does God view the vows a man makes to each of his wives?
If you condone divorce, how do you decide which wife he keeps?
Add your questions below.
My final note is that a very high percentage of Torah teachers, rabbis, and Christian preachers are straight up cowards or charlatans because they can’t or won’t actually/accurately teach what Scripture says about marriage. Cowards and charlatans. They’ll give account for their cowardice because Scripture regards them as false teachers, see Ezekiel 34! They don’t have answers for widows and orphans, nor do they provide any protection or solution for single moms, but they’ll pasture themselves on the flock by passing the offering plate or holding out their hand for a check.
Spineless shepherds who prefer the fawning praises of social media numbers over truth make me ill. I wonder how much more their willful blindness angers YHVH….
THAT is the unliked but unvarnished truth brother. I suffered greatly in the past trying to bring that truth to the public. I finally just gave up because it seemed so few understood it or how damaging the current system is to women and children and even men.
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Voltaire allegedly said, ”It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.”
Still, truth is TRUTH. We stand on TRUTH! Better to suffer disdain with the prophets than to add/take away from the Torah and suffer the wrath of the King.
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Shalom brother Pete,
Excellent post! One question that could possibly be added is as follows: What was the most common method Father Yah ordained to take care of widows/divorced, homeless women and fatherless children (as I reflect on the homeless crisis in the west)? Polygyny! It was arguably the most practical and accessible way of managing the less fortunate in ancient societies. Western society would do well in utilizing this truth to repair the cultural cracks in the foundation. Ahhh… an additional question just came to mind… what are Godly men to do in an oppressive situation? Jeremiah 29: 1-7 shouts out loudly in my ears. Polygyny would certainly increase the number of Godly men born in families, which would certainly be a revolutionary act. Food for thought…. Once again.. Great post! Thanks!
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So glad you dropped by, and great questions. I COMPLETELY agree.. polygyny, the availability and acceptability would solve multiple problems in society. But, the adversary and western society love their false monogamy only position precisely because it forces men to the feet of the State and removes from them their responsibility as head of house, family, etc…
So refreshing Pete….I fear most believers, including hebrew roots, are still governed by the culture around them. The present day church is an embarrassment to ‘true’ Bible believers as they quickly align themselves with the culture around them and we see the the sad results…….question….how do you plead for a widow? ?..and the fatherless? Or the poor..do we just give them some money and turn them over to the wolves and the orphanages….or maybe we could husband them that her children would no longer be fatherless and she would no longer be a widow. Israel was judged harshly for not fulfilling there responsibilities in this…keep plowing brother and don’t look back…love ya
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I completely agree with your questions and see the same need! Christendom in general is asleep at the wheel on this issue… or worse, they are willfully turning a blind eye and will be held accountable as Sodom and Gomorrah were…
I do appreciate the encouragement. The road feels lonely at points, but I have to remember that you and many, many others know and are battling for this truth as well! I look forward to seeing you guys soon and plan to sit with you and a good bourbon to talk. 🙂