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Biblical Marriage Not Defined Simply As One Man, One Woman

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#1 Jun 6, 2013
A trio of Iowa-based religious scholars penned an op-ed in a local paper this week, reminding readers that despite popular opinion, the Bible does not simply define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The joint editorial was written by Hector Avalos, Robert R. Cargill and Kenneth Atkinson and published in the Des Moines Register on Sunday. The men teach at Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa, respectively.
"The debate about marriage equality often centers, however discretely, on an appeal to the Bible," the authors wrote. "Unfortunately, such appeals often reflect a lack of biblical literacy on the part of those who use that complex collection of texts as an authority to enact modern social policy."
The Bible's definition of marriage can be confusing and contradictory, noted the scholars. They stated in their column that a primary example of this is the religious book's stance on polygamy, a practice that was embraced by prominent biblical figures Abraham and David. Furthermore, Avalos, Cargill and Atkinson point out that various Bible passages mention not only traditional monogamy, but also self-induced castration and celibacy, as well as the practice of wedding rape victims to their rapists.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Iowa University Professor Robert R. Cargill said the column was the brainchild of his colleague Hector Avalos, who suggested local scholars put together an "educated response" to the often-touted claim that the Bible defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman. "[T]hat's not the only thing the Bible says," Cargill told HuffPost.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/bibl... |main5|dl3|sec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D 324553
QUITTNER

Markham, Canada

#2 Jun 9, 2013
11:48 am, June 9, 2013:
RE: Biblical Marriage Not Defined Simply As One Man, One Woman
..... There are many things that are not defined in the books the many versions of the bible consist of. So what?
buck

AOL

#3 Jul 8, 2013
I don't know what Bible you're reading
but the one well known (King James)
in Genesis 2:24 indicates one man and one woman " from the beginning".
paraphrasing it," a man (indicates one)
shall cleave to his wife (not wives)
also indicates one wife.
and if it were not so, how would we know what signifies adultery? Why would adultery be a sin to commit? least of all why would it be listed with the main 10 commandments?yeah food for thought :)
God is Love

Houston, TX

#4 Jul 8, 2013
God ordained marriage as man and woman.

Period
little lamb

Australia

#5 Jul 8, 2013
Jesus said......

Matthew 19:5

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'?

Jesus states only two are involved and it is a man and his wife

Jesus sheep know his voice..the others are goats.
Prophet of Jesus Christ

San Antonio, TX

#6 Jul 8, 2013
little lamb wrote:
Jesus said......
Matthew 19:5
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'?
Jesus states only two are involved and it is a man and his wife
Jesus sheep know his voice..the others are goats.
Jesus said ...

Luke, Chapter 14, 33: So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

TO WHICH YOU HAVE NEVER DONE.
QUITTNER

Markham, Canada

#7 Jul 14, 2013
11:32 am, Sunday, July 14, 2013:
RE: Biblical Marriage Not Defined Simply As One Man, One Woman
..... There are very many people who ignore whatever they are supposed to do, or not do, according to their religion. And God is said to forgive everything because there is no evidence that God punishes. According to many there is no evidence even that God exists.

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