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Note: Throughout, I use the word "polygamy" in place of "polygyny", even though I explicitly mean to polygyny. In short: Polygamy is a sin because it goes against the law. The law is in place because it is a carryover from the paganistic societies of ancient Rome. Preventing polygamy was not a biblical concept, but one that came after Jesus, after ...


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Titus 1:6 (among other passages) states that one of the requirements for an elder in the church was that he was the husband of one wife. From Titus 1:6: An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[a] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. (emphasis mine) - notice it says wife, not wives. Read ...


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I think the answer to this question first starts in Genesis 1. When God created man, he created one man and one woman, in his image. One man and one woman who, for all intents and purposes, could be seen as the template for mankind, and a theme of specific terms used to refer to men and women in righteous marriage throughout the bible: 27 So God created ...


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If you look further through the chapter, every place where the words "everlasting covenant" are used, it's speaking of marriage in general, and not specifically of plural marriage. The idea is that marriage itself is an everlasting covenant, not "until death do you part," but for all eternity. As for why the practice of plural marriage was discontinued, an ...


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Yes, the Law seems to allow polygamy, or at least be fine with it. It also seems to allow divorce, and yet Jesus was clear on the subject in this passage (italic emphasis mine): Matthew 19:3-9 (KJV) 3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and ...


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Both @MaskedPlant and @Matt spelled out how the Journal of Discourses is viewed. I will add this; the only thing I have ever heard was during the whole "The Da Vinci Code" hoopla. And that was that the LDS church had no official opinion and that it neither endorsed or found fault with the ideas presented in that book. (Namely of course that Christ was ...


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Although the narrator in Kings and Chronicles may not say so, Deuteronomy does say it was a sin, in Deuteronomy 17:15-17 [15] you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. [16] But he shall not multiply ...


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There was polygamy, or plural wives, in the Old Testament. Starting with the (NRSV) Bible. Sarai gave Hagar to Abram as his wife, Genesis 16:1–11 Jacob received Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens as wives, Genesis 29:21–28, Genesis 30:4, 9, 26. If a man take another wife, he shall not diminish the first wife’s possessions, Exodus 21:10 David and his ...


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The Bible never says Solomon's multiple wives was not a sin. It was actually the reason he lost his kingdom. In 1 Kings 11:4 his multiple wives drew him away from his full devotion to The Lord and eventually to other gods. In 1 Kings 11:11, The Lord tells Solomon that because he did not keep God's covenant, He would take away Solomon's kingdom and give it to ...


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That was never the official teaching of the LDS Church. The Journal of Discourses is a book and is not, nor has ever been, canonical scripture, or any other type of scripture for that matter, to the LDS. See the answers to this question: What is the Journal of Discourses viewed as?


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Was this ever the official teaching of the LDS Church? If so, what biblical support for these doctrines is there? No. It is not the official teaching. I would refer you to this answer for more information on why this has never been official teaching of the LDS church. This is a link to lds.org with a question about the journal of Discourses. Scroll ...


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Edits: So, after the question changed... here's the answer to the new question; my original answer is below... though they do mingle some similar points and should both be considered. This answer reflects my own thoughts on the matter, but I'm of course no clergy in the LDS Church... New Answer The LDS Church doesn't hold opinions against anyone. Everyone ...


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Polygamy is one of the more difficult subjects to study of early LDS history, because the environment in which it was practiced necessitated secrecy as a result of the hostility toward the Church and it's usefulness as a polemical tool for the enemies of the Church. However, credible research is continually trickling out, and we now have some great ...


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Polygamy is not currently an acceptable thing to do, previously was an acceptable thing to do, and will again (at least temporarily) be an acceptable thing to do. Polygamy is useful for multiplying populations... especially when the women outnumber the men dramatically, as frequently happened in wars when all the young and middle aged men would go to war on ...


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Catholic Perspective Polygamy is not allowed throughout the whole Bible. It was not allowed in the beginning, in the OT it was not yet explicitly rejected, and in his Gospel, Jesus restored the Creator's original plan in the beginning. CCC 1610 [...] In the Old Testament the polygamy of patriarchs and kings is not yet explicitly rejected. ...



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