[caption id="attachment_6052" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Polygamy takes center stage on HBO's "Big Love.""][/caption] I'd like to take an indirect approach to talking about the sanctity of marriage.
Instead of looking at Bible verses that address this hot-button topic, I want to discuss Bible verses that talk about it. For whoever cares, my own view is that God originally created marriage and sex to be between one man and one woman.
There's at least one Old Testament monogamist for you: Uriah. There's also the prophet Hosea, who stayed resolutely faithful to the prostitute he married.
Hosea and leah dating
But the majority of abstinence training only teaches half of the abstinence God calls for when it comes to intimate relationships between men and women.
This “half measure” abstinence that is taught in most Churches today has lead to modern practices in Christian dating that encourage emotional cruelty toward men.
I am very proud of everything that I have accomplished so far.
In the ensuing days, I’ve seen people argue that the show did not reward the best chef, and that Carla and/or Stefan was robbed.
Her hardest gig to date was standing before Padma, Tom, & Gail every week on Top Chef.
She didn’t win, but she’s dating the guy who did take first place — Hosea Rosenberg.
But recently I was thinking about the Old Testament, especially some of our loftiest Old Testament heroes, and wondering why they weren't a little more committed to this view — particularly the part. Polygamy was more or less taken for granted from Genesis to Malachi.
Sure, cultures in different times and places differ in practices, and you shouldn't always read too much into them or apply your own cultural standards across the board.
But polygamy wasn't just not frowned upon, sometimes it was commanded: if your brother died, you had to marry his wife, in addition to your own, and try to get her pregnant. ("Onanism" is often used as a word for solo sexual activity, but I prefer the biblical definition of the term: "failing to impregnate your dead brother's wife.") Granted, this was a compassionate concession to the culture — since a widow in that culture was powerless and socially useless without a husband, it was good to make sure she had one.