Friday, December 11, 2009

Polygamy Condemned by the Book of Mormon

“And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the Second King, began to grow hard in their hearts and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.” (Jacob 1:15)
Evangelicals often make fools of themselves by attacking Mormons for the practice of polygamy. In fact they show themselves to be quite Biblically ignorant. The Bible never comes out and condemns polygamy. It just doesn’t. In fact there are places where it seems to condone the practice. So it sends somewhat of a contradictory message to Mormons to say the Bible, the Bible, and then contradict the Bible, or show that you don’t really believe it. Believe me, the Mormon’s may not know much about the Bible but they know what it says in regards to polygamy. You have to jump through hoops to get to a point where you think the Bible condemns it. The Bible doesn’t. What is amazing though, is the Book of Mormon does! So if you want to challenge the Mormons in regard to polygamy, use their own works against them. It is another case in which you see that Mormons don’t believe in the Book of Mormon, it has never been a factor for them in determining what is right and wrong, or a meaningful source of doctrine for them.


Jonathan said...

Yet, I'm trying to think of a Biblical account where a polygamous relationship is ever reported as a match made in heaven. They always seem to have their problems with jealousy, death, etc.

Bror Erickson said...

I'm not here to defend polygamy. I am merely saying you can't make a case against it from the Bible. And what marriage doesn't have its problems?
If you want to go after the Mormon's for polygamy, use their own works, not the Bible. The only thing you do attacking them for that from the Bible is show Biblical ignorance, at best. You possibly even show that you don't believe it as much as you say you do.

Jonathan said...

Agreed on all counts. However, I suspect that any of their sects that still promote it would defend it on the basis that the Bible has lots of examples of plural marriages. So, my only point is that even though the Bible doesn't explicitly proscribe it, neither does it exactly give it a ringing endorsement in any account.