Polygamy in Islam


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  1. Jesus did not revoke polygamy? He didn’t say: “I revoke polygamy” but he gives us his definition of marriage in Matthew 19 and makes it clear that its one man and one woman therefore de facto revoking polygamy.

    Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

    “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

    And the TWO will become one flesh. The word two is not in the Hebrew text of Genesis. Jesus Christ added it as His own interpretation.

    Also, with the exception of the really odd and rare wackjob, Christianity has been void of polygamy. The reason is because Jesus revoked it.


    • Jesus never revoked polygamy. There is no command anywhere in the Bible that says it is abolished.

      Jesus upheld polygamy in Matt 5 and Matt 23. Paul permitted it for most christians.


  2. “…it could also be said there are more women in the world than men…” – well it could, but it would be wrong.
    The world average is 1.01, which means there are (more) 1.01 males for (fewer) 1.00 females, so following the reasoning of the article should lead to the adoption of polyandry in many countries.

    Interestingly, if you sort by ratio, the top 6 countries with more men than women are all Muslim countries.


  3. I don’t like when people use the argument that because someone doesn’t mention something they either implicitly agree or disagree with it. There are many affairs that the bible and Quran don’t deal with, does that then mean we have an excuse to either go through with them or abolish them?
    Just because Jesus doesn’t explicitly deal with polygamy it doesn’t mean that he agreed with. As quoted above already, it was originally that a man shall be with one woman, that it was Jesus confirms. The 2 shall become one flesh, not 3 or 4 becoming one, just 2.

    Polygamy was overlooked in the Bible because it was a cultural tradition by humans with free will, not something declared to by God. Many of the polygamous relationships all came with struggles and problems including Abraham, Jacob, David and more.

    But I do agree that polygamy in its right context as described in the Quran where a man can provide justly to his wives is better than extra marital affairs and secret relationships. Not something that I’d go for though


    • The Jewish Bible legislates for polygamy. Jesus taught that his followers should uphold this law. Ergo it is not prohibited.


    • Legislates? I don’t think so.
      Yes there are rules for polygamy but it’s not a legislation, there was no requirement for a man to do so. However if he was to do so then there were laws that he had to obey since it was a reality of the times and culture, such as inheritance laws and providing for his wives. This is obviously due to the times in which the ancient Jews lived, where men were essentially the breadwinners of the family. However as times moved on, there was no need for the older systems as there were other means in which women could be provided for especially by the government, or just by working and making a living for themselves.

      Plus this wasn’t prevelant in every society and culture, as there were many ancient Egyptian queens who could provide for themselves.
      Even Muhammad’s first wife could provide for herself, in fact she was the breadwinner of the family and Muhammad was able to retire because of that.


    • Yes *legislates*. It has to do with God’s legal framework for polygamy. No where does the Bible say this is abolished.

      Remember: Jesus said his followers have to obey this law, for some reason you overlook this.


    • Yes they are to follow it when required but they are not obliged to do so (as in have more than one wife), that is the point I’m making. The Bible doesn’t sanction polygamy, it just gives laws about it if were to be undertaken by the man.


  4. no one is saying men MUST marry more than 1 wife, just that the Bible permits it, basically the same position as the Qur’an.


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