Kinky!

According to the bible, infidelity is ok for certain people on certain occasions. Many men in the bible have multiple wives and many concubines. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who is barren, gives her maid Hagar to her husband so they might have a son (Ishmael). Gen 16:1-4.

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8 Responses to “Kinky!”

  1. Where does it say it was ok for Sarah to give Hagar to Abraham?

  2. Where is it condemned, Michael?

  3. But you are the one who makes the claim that the Bible says it is ok: “According to the Bible.” So, I am just wondering where it says that or even implies it.

  4. The fact that it is never condemned, and occurs so regularly, more than implies that, according to the bible, it is acceptable.

  5. I, of course, understand if you see it differently.

    🙂

  6. Ok, I see your point. I have assumed for a long time that consequences showed that it was not ok: Solomon being lead to worship false idols by his many pagan wives; the lack of acceptance of Ishmael by God and the ensuing trouble that we still live with today between Isaac’s descendants and Ishmael’s; the downward spiral in David’s life after his taking Bathsheba. But you are right that on the surface, the Bible sure seems to say, “What’s the big deal.” I have never thought about it beyond my view of the consequences pointing to it being less than ideal. Now, I will think about it some more.

    As far as the specific reference to Abraham and Sarah: I don’t think the narrative of Genesis 12-22 would even imply that Sarah’s giving Hagar to Abraham was ever the right thing to do. I think the fact that God doesn’t come right out and smack them for it is due to the fact that Abraham’s and God’s relationship is based on limited revelation up to this point. Abraham does several dumb things (all with negative consequences), yet God does not chastise him but lets him reap the consequences.

    The limited revelation idea, however, does not relieve David or Solomon of their idiotic behavior.

    Good things to think about. Hope to get back to you on this.

    Thanks for the conversation,

    Michael

  7. Thank YOU for the civil discourse. I understand that my opinions on this site might put off the believer but am frustrated that it is almost only the angry ‘fanatic’ that stops by to leave a comment. So I appreciate your willingness to keep it mellow even if we don’t see eye to eye.

    Keep the peace.

    DoubtingThomas

  8. And to clarify, I see it similarly to when a child misbehaves terribly and a parent, knowing of the child’s actions, doesn’t chastise them. This is poor parenting. The child will inevitably conclude that this behavior must not be bad if there are no negative consequences. No imagine they tell their tale to their sibling. What do you suppose the sibling will conclude? No imagine the child’s tale is relayed to his hundreds of millions of siblings. If you believe in God you believe He is the parent of us all. This is my complaint.

    DoubtingThomas

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