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Having multiple wives was permitted (though not exactly endorsed) in the Law of Moses. Adultery is having (or desiring) an intimate relationship with someone who's already married (to someone else). As it was forbidden in the Mosaic law, it was referring to a man and someone else's wife. It was not really speaking of a married man and another woman. Even ...


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Unless you only have sex once it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when the child was conceived. Normal term pregnancies range from 37 to 41 weeks, a full month's time. Bathsheba presumably contacted David as soon as she realised she had missed her period and was pregnant. David tried to get Uriah to go home and sleep with her immediately, so that he would ...


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Pope Calixtus I, who died around 222, permitted the marriage of high born women to men of a lower class, and even to slaves. This was contrary to Roman law, so the Pope was recognising as validly married people who by law were not married, and could not be married. The Catholic Encyclopaedia comments: Here again Callistus was rightly insisting on the ...


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The Bible does not teach that one must always make restitution for their sins in order to be saved, it's just that doing so is an attitude that is consistent with the contrite heart of repentance. Note that King David was guilty of adultery and yet married Bathsheba after the affair. Yet, upon being confronted by Nathan the prophet, David writes Psalm 51, ...


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The short answer is, “not exactly,” and they are probably not culpable for their sexual relations. In fact, to the degree that each party thinks he is fulfilling his marital obligation to the other, such acts, far from being sinful, would actually be meritorious. The first observation to be made is that the text from the Diocese of Oakland, it seems to me, ...


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This answer points to the scripture only because that is what was requested. Being a witness to adultery is really no different than being a witness to any sin. The Bible gives a blanket answer for all sins you witness a Christian brother or sister commit. It is in Matthew 18, starting in verse 15, and it is commonly called the Matthew 18 Principle. ...


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Having multiple wives was permitted in the Bible for the same reason disobeying God is. God honors man's free will. Had God intended that man should have multiple wives, why would he only create one for Adam. Most assuredly since God wanted man to multiply and fill the Land having multiple wives would enhance that program exponentially. Genesis 2:18 ...


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Overseers and deacons are told to be a one woman man in the pastoral epistles, and Christians are told to model the behavior of these men. (1 Timothy 3:12) Additionally, Ephesians 5 roots the institution of marriage in creation and demonstrates that its intent was always to point to the profound mystery revealed: Christ's marriage to the church. As a ...


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The part of the scripture you left out is pretty important to understanding this passage. Basically, she has to drink some dusty water that will cause her to miscarry if she's guilty, but she'll be fine if she's not guilty. I think it's simply making clear that the husband is not guilty for miscarriage and the harm that results from the actions of the ...


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Because Jesus' message was forgiveness of sins. Not condemnation for them. Leviticus 20 (ESV) 10 “If a man commits adultery with the wife of[a] his neighbour, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. I immediately notice 2 things here. The first is that both parties of adultery are to be condemned. And second that this looks a ...


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A 2017 Christianity Today article about this very issue was written by Mark Galli shortly after his own Karl Barth biography was published. As curiousdannii suspected, he did use dialectical tension to justify it, part of the discussion by Christiane Tietz in Theology Today, of the personal letters Barth wrote to von Kirschbaum from 1925–1935. A lot more ...


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Marriage is more than sex. When you enter a marriage you take on all sorts of other obligations - to love and support your spouse, to care for them in sickness, to provide for your mutual needs, and to act as parent to any children you might have. If you deliberately choose to leave a marriage you are abandoning all those obligations as well as the one to ...


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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, ESV) Anyone can be tempted as long as we live in this world, anyone can make mistakes. All we need to do is confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. While Catholics need to confess there sins to the priest, Protestants may ...


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Unrepentant, blatant and on-going adultery, whether resulting in a pregnancy and/or the break-up of the marriage or not, is condemned by Jehovah’s Witnesses and would almost certainly result in the guilty party being disfellowshipped, or expelled. Here are some extracts from their web site: Some of the offenses that could merit disfellowshipping from the ...


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More recent translations use 'husband' instead of 'man' (though not all of them), indicating that it is almost certainly the husband. This is made more likely by the fact that by v31 the 'other party' to adultery hasn't been mentioned in a long while. You can probably ask at Biblical Hermeneutics site for more details. As for why: he hasn't done anything ...


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"Reversion" is straightforward. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic. However, the falling-away from the Church is contrary to Canon Law: 209 §1 Christ's faithful are bound to preserve their communion with the Church at all times, even in their external actions. This is something which may be confessed and absolved, and that — with the ...


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While I am aware of none which interpret the passage as referring to unlawful marriage as the Catholic Church does, there are a number of denominations which do not believe this passage grants permission for complete divorce and remarriage in the case of adultery: Midwest Pilgrim Holiness Church Hutterian Brethren Amish Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Old ...


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Yes, Solomon had concubines. He also became greedy and chose to accumulate wealth and wives rather than nurturing his kingdom. If you read his story, you find that God was not pleased with his later actions, but spared him punishment during his lifetime because of his father. God told Solomon that his punishment for these things would come after his death by ...


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"Biblically, is there any scriptural evidence against a man having a concubine?" Yes, because sexual relations apart from a spouse are forbidden, and concubinage obviously falls outside of marriage. These verses don't speak of concubinage specifically, but they all speak against sexual relations outside of marriage. As such, concubinage is adultery. Luke ...


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The 45 theologians found 12 heretical propositions and 8 propositions falling under lesser censures: Theological censures of propositions drawn from the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia A - HERETICAL PROPOSITIONS 1) AL 83 : ‘The Church ... firmly rejects the death penalty’. If understood as meaning that the death penalty is always and everywhere ...


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Yes it is a sin, provided the divorced person was truly married. What is meant by “truly married”, you say? In short it is when two people get married AND the outward appearances of marriage do indeed reflect the inner convictions of both. If this is not the case, it is possible to get what is called an annulment, which can be considered a divorce but ...


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1 John 1:8-9 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." When you sin, first, repent of your sin and ask God for forgiveness. John 8:4-11 (ESV) "The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been ...


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The phrase "he that is without sin" is a translation of a single Greek word, anamartetos, which means sinless or faultless or without flaw. It does not refer only to fornication, Jesus is effectively saying let the perfect one among you throw the first stone. What happened next is that the scribes and pharisees went away. It is not clear whether they ever ...


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G.K. Chesterton discusses the logical absurdity of pretending to "cancel" a life long vow with a piece of paper from a government in "The Superstition of Divorce". I highly recommend reading or listening to (free on Librivox) this short book. Disclaimer, I am not Catholic, but try to study their positions seriously. I think a friendly outside perspective ...


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I am unable to find reference to any official sects or doctrines which permit open-relationships (as distinct from polygamy and various forms of plural marriage). However, there certainly are a minority of Christians who practice various forms of open-relationships. The Liberated Christians web site* has a section about various forms of open relationships ...


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Here's a better, more appropriate answer on my part. My answer pertained to polygamy, which of course is incorrect in this case - however: This Wikipedia article on open marriages indicates the following, emphasis my own: Some critics object to open marriages on the ground that open marriages violate religious principles. For example, open marriages ...


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