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Why did Martin Luther say polygamy does not contradict the Bible?

"I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture. If a man wishes to marry more than one wife he should be asked whether he is satisfied in his conscience that he may do so in accordance with the word of God. In such a case the civil authority has nothing to do in the matter." (De Wette II, 459, ibid., pp. 329-330.)

Was he right?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It doesn't that is why its still a practice in many places.

    Lamech the father of Noah had two wives and he was the first to be recorded doing so.

    Most prophets and people of God took more than wive to reproduce more and to care for the women who had very little rights being on their own.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    He never distinguished between the old and new testament. He said "scripture", which means the whole bible, and any other words from God. God is ok with polygamy, if done in the way He has set it up. The problem has been that people have taken God's word to mean they can marry anyone without consulting God. Take David for instance. He was given multiple wives by the Lord. That should have been good, but he lusted after someone ELSE'S wife. He had the husband killed in battle so he could marry his wife. That is where God got mad. That was against the law that God had set up. It wasn't the multiple wives that were wrong, but the way he went about it. Although, I don't agree with him saying that civil law doesn't matter. It does. We should strive to live the law of the land. If that means not practicing polygamy, then that's what God wants.

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Martin Luther Had A Wife

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, he was not right about this.

    For Luther there was an intense struggle to sort out what the Bible says from all the man-made rules and doctrines. This quote indicates that at least at some point in his life he was not clear on how polygamy could be condemned biblically. However, it would be a mistake to take this kind of quote as a statement of doctrine; and it is certainly not the teaching of the Lutheran Church today.

    We are called "Lutheran" in honor of Luther's role in the Reformation. We do not follow the teachings of Martin Luther, except for a very small set of writings that were adopted as part of the Lutheran Confessions in the late sixteenth century.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes he is right

    Today's economic melt down, copious iniquity, etc will not allow smooth polygamy. I do not recommend it.

    But it is wrong for churchianities and miracle workers to encourage monogamy basing thier source as "God's Directives" whereas it is far from biblical Truth.

    Several men of God in the Old Testament are polygamous. 1 Timothy 3:1, 2 - if monogamy was a general practice, Apostle Paul would not have reccommend specially that Bishops be husband of one wife (are all Christians Bishops)? 1Cor 5:1-7 - Apostles Paul cautioned Believers for sleeping with thier Papa's wife ....think

    Christianity is all about Truth and Selfllessness. Do not trick people (e.g. the fairy tale of Hell Fire, polygamy is sin, Alcohol drinking is sin etc) as a way to ensuring compliance. Preach the Truth as contained in the Bible and leave compliance to the conscience of the worshipper

  • The marriage covenant that was made with Adam is found in Genesis where it states, 'a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.'(Genesis 2:24) One man takes one wife.

    The first man mentioned to have had more than one wife was Lamech, who was a great great grandson of Enoch, 'married two women'. He was most likely the first man in the bloodline of Messiah to practice polygamy - which was instituted by man.(Genesis 4:19)

    The Israelites were told not to intermarry with women of other nations because they could turn the hearts of men to false gods. But king Solomon had many foreign wives of noble birth, who eventually turned his heart away from the LORD. He had 'seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines'.(1 Kings 11:1-5)

    The practice of polygamy itself is not condemned in the Bible, but on the other hand it is not encouraged by the Lord. A man should be happy with one wife - Adam lived 930 years. God gave Adam one wife, not 100 wives.

    Source(s): Genesis 2:24; Genesis 4:19; 1 Kings 11:1-5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesi...
  • 1 decade ago

    in the period of time that the bible focuses on it was socially acceptable to have multiple wives (jacob, and many other instances) and was actually a sign that you were wealthy enough to support them all. also in some cases it was necessary to increase the population. solomon king of israel was said to have had 700 wives and 300 concubines. So, in short polygamy does not contradict the bible, but it is a thing of the period, which has faded with time. polygamy now is looked on as a thing of greed rather than necessity (which is very much true)

  • 1 decade ago

    Luther said that it didn't contradict the Bible because a situation he was presented required a colourful interpretation. A German prince (Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse) wanted a second wife so he looked to Luther to find a "loop hole" to be granted one.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, he was right. Polygamy is only discouraged by Scripture, not prohibited. Paul's discussion of divorce and marriage to unbelievers makes that very plain.

    However, the bible *does* instruct Christians in no uncertain terms to obey the law - unless that law prevents them from fulfilling a *command* of God. God never commanded anyone to marry more than one woman.

    Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com

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