The following were proof texts used by a Mormon to try to show from the Bible that God approved of polygamy.
- 2 Samuel 12, 7-8
- [After this, they were his concubine wives that lived in his estate. Only until he murdered to take upon a woman he lusted after was he punished and chastised by the Lord, later]
- Exodus 21
- [The Lord was okay with the Israelites having plural wives]
Now, here is the refutation:
Lets look at these in context, so that we may see if the Lord is contradictory, or if He is truth.
You said, "7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed th...ee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives in...to thy bosom,
[After this, they were his concubine wives that lived in his estate. Only until he murdered to take upon a woman he lusted after was he punished and chastised by the Lord, later]"
- "Gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives-The phraseology means nothing more than that God in His providence had given David, as king of Israel, everything that was Saul's. The history furnishes conclusive evidence that he never actually married any of the wives of Saul. But the harem of the preceding king belongs, according to Oriental notions, as a part of the regalia to his successor." (James commentary)
Also, it appears it was a duty to care for the wives and look after them, period.
Theres one down
- "Exodus 21
1 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them. ...[each verse in between lists other charges to follow] 10 If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. [The Lord was okay with the Israelites having plural wives]"
Lets look at this in context. I love how you quoted verse 1 and 10 only.
- Now these are the ordinances which you are to set before them:
2“If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve for six years; but on the seventh he shall go out as a free man without payment. 3“If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4“If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone. 5“But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ 6then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.
7“If a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do. 8“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He does not have authority to sell her to a foreign people because of his unfairness to her. 9“If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 10“If he takes to himself another woman, he may not reduce her food, her clothing, or her conjugal rights. 11“If he will not do these three things for her, then she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.
A proper reading of this text, one that a person with the ability to not read something into the text, can see extremely clearly, the Lord never once says it is ok. God, knowing the evil and sin that man does, simply says not to reduce her food, her clothing, or conjugal rights. Where does this at all anywhere say God was ok with it or commanded it? No where, not even close
Deuteronomy 17:17 says, "He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. "
You need to understand the difference between temporarily tolerating a sin, such as polygamy, and commanding a sin. For God to say marriage is between one man and one woman, and to set those guidelines on the leaders of the church, then Go back and command it, is a contradiction of His Holy nature.
God tolerated the sinful actions for a time, never did He condone these actions. He may tolerate our sins, but that does not mean that He approves of them, or condones them.
When you try to discredit the Bible or make it say something it never did, you will run into these kinds of problems, and get weird doctrines.