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Polygamy Is Prohibited For Who In The Bible?

 By Bassam Zawadi




It’s ironic that you have Christians who criticize Islam for allowing polygamy despite its many benefits. However, I am not here to argue for polygamy. I am here to argue against the fact that the Bible nowhere out rightly condemns polygamy. See this article.


However, it stresses on monogamy but only for a few certain people…



1 Timothy 3:2


A bishop (episkopos) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;


The one who is obliged to have no more than one wife is the episkopos, which means…


               1) an overseer

               a) a man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly, any curator, guardian or superintendent

b                              b) the superintendent, elder, or overseer of a Christian church


The most suitable meaning is that it means an overseer of the Christian Church because Paul continues on to say in verse 5…

For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?



The reason why Paul ordered that an overseer of the Church has only one wife is because it is a time consuming task and cannot have time to be married and take care than more than one wife.




Cooper P. Abrams III says…


The only place I really see polygamy prohibited is in the requirements to be a bishop and a deacon where Paul mentions that to hold either office a man must only be married to one wife (1Tim. 3:1-12). Here, Paul does not label polygamy as sinful but simply prohibits a polygamist from holding these two offices. Simple rational could account for the banning of polygamists from these offices, since a man with only one wife would be much more available to the responsibilities versus a man with more than one wife. http://experts.about.com/q/Baptists-954/Polygamy-Old-New-Testaments.htm



The fact that Paul did not make a general statement condemning polygamy tells me that it is allowed for others if they are not leaders in the Church or deacons (read verse 12).





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