BONUS: Think About Marriage as Described in the Bible

April 30, 2009 at 4:36 am 2 comments

UPDATED: The latest version of this proof can be found here.

Marshall Brain wades through several passages in the Bible that have rather interesting forms of marriage–namely, arranged marriages or forced marriages as resulting from a rape–and concludes that God is imaginary. It is a stretch to conclude that God is imaginary just because the Bible contains difficult passages, yet that is the conclusion that this website has jumped to time and time again as they expose Bible difficulties.

It is further a stretch to assume that God approves of every action in the Bible. Much of the time, the Bible is frank about human sin and is explicit about God’s wrath against sin, which means that God most certainly does not approve of every action found in the Bible.

The first example is King David, who has seven wives listed in the Bible. The Bible calls King David a man after God’s own heart, so Brain then assumes that God’s stamp of approval is on the polygamy. King David is called a man after God’s own heart despite the fact that he committed adultery and murdered the husband of his mistress. Those actions were specifically punished, so God does not approve of everything that King David did on this earth.

Now we quote some of the Mosaic Law, which Christians are no longer bound to. Since those things are no longer in force, I will skip to the meat of the argument:

Why do Christians ignore all of these other forms of marriage, which are quite clearly allowed in the Bible? Why do Christians not kill people who break the commandment forbidding adultery as the Bible demands? Because God is imaginary. If God were real, Christians would do what the Bible actually tells them to do.

Christians ignore these forms of marriage because they are part of the Mosaic Law, which is no longer in force. Jesus said that divorce is not allowed, and appealed to the original created order. That is what we do today: appeal to the original created order of marriage–one man, one woman. The Law doesn’t represent the ideal situation, but it does point to the ideal situation.

Christians do not kill people who violate the Law because the penalties are no longer in force. The penalties exist to show how severely God views things like adultery, not as an excuse for us to be vigilantes.

Bottom line: This does nothing to prove that God is imaginary, it only proves that the Bible contains some difficult passages with cultural norms that are no longer in force these days.

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  • 1. The Music Hearer  |  September 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    So God is okay with polygamy, then he isn’t? I thought God is the same forever

    • 2. Cory Tucholski  |  September 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

      God is the same forever. I never said he was okay with polygamy, then he wasn’t. I thought my post was explicit enough in saying that God has never approved of polygamy, but it was allowed due to people’s hardness of heart (see Mt 19:1-12). I remind you that the original created order was one man and one woman, and they become one flesh (Gen 1:24).

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