Is marriage solely one man & one woman?

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    The bible says yes. Yet, we can find in OT times of ppl having multiple wives. But in today's economy it is one man and one woman.
     
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    Great topic, truly.

    I can honestly say I've never really taken the time to look into this. Although your post provoked a quick look while I wait for church to start.

    I found (this) article that I found kind of interesting. The mormons obviously still follow this, but then again the mormons have taken our scriptures and twisted them in the wildest of ways.

    I'm eager to see what others have to say about this. Great post.
     
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    Although I agree, can you defend it with Scripture?
     
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    This is a good topic!
    I think marriage is for a man and a women. I have nothing against people being in same sex relationships; I also believe that civil partnerships are a good concept, however I don't think they should be 'married'. Marriage has always been a sacred bond between a man and a women and I think this is the way it should stay.
     
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    God disagrees with you.

    And civil partnerships are a sin, too. You're on an unsustainable path here.
     
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    I would be interested in hearing a more detailed explanation of how you would fit a civil partnership within a biblical worldview. No sarcasm at all, an honest inquiry. Would this civil same sex relationship include sex?
     
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    An interesting suggestion I have seen is that (moral) laws are there to guide us into loving actions. We need to look behind the actual command to see what it's purpose is, the values it is protecting. There may be exception to a law where the exception better protects the fundamental value.

    For example God says "Do not kill". A clear prohibition, yet we recognise circumstances where killing may be necessary. One fundamental purpose behind marriage is the procreation & nurture of children. Polygamy serves this purpose and seems to have been acceptable to God in OT times, perhaps to populate the earth. Polyandry and same sex relationships do not, and do not ever seem to have been acceptable to God.

    When did polygamy cease to be acceptable to God?
    Is it just a social convention?
    Or is it that it is no longer needed now the earth is populated and the rights and dignity of women have become more important?

    I don't have answers but just thought I would lob out the thoughts.
     
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    YES

    Jesus and Paul said:

    Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

    Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

    Can two wives be one flesh with one man? Wife is singular in these passages.

    1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

    It is clear for a bishop.

    1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

    It is clear for a Deacon.

    1 Timothy 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.

    It is clear for a believing widow.

    Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

    6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

    It is clear for elders.

    I find no exceptions for anyone else in the New Testament.
     
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