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MARRIAGE: What else the Bible says

Letter by Jeanne J. Maxon, University Place on May 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm | 14 Comments »
May 30, 2012 10:15 am

Re: “Sin is never acceptable” (letter, 5-25).

When I hear people quoting the Bible to support “traditional” marriage as always being between one man and one woman, I wonder about the other things the Bible has to say about marriage.

For example, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had multiple wives, concubines and slaves. Then there is the admonition for a younger brother to marry his older brother’s widow. Of course, girls were routinely given in marriage without their consent, and the wives of conquered tribes were considered “spoils of war.”

Jesus had nothing to say about same-sex unions, but he viewed divorce in a fairly unfavorable light. Oh, and what about the “judge not” and “loving your neighbor as yourself” parts?

Those don’t seem to get quoted much anymore either. So I guess it’s pretty much “pick your verse.”

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