Saturday, February 21, 2009

Marriage According to Genesis

And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Genesis 4:19 don't ever let a creationist (or christian for that matter) tell you about the traditional meaning of marriage being between "one man and one woman".

1 comment:

Stephen Skinner said...

The Bible speaks very plainly on the nature of humanity, and humanity is in rebellion against God. So when we see Lamech taking two wives in in Genesis 4:19, is that saying God endorses polygamy? Absolutely not! Genesis also speaks of Abel killing his brother, so does that mean the Bible supports murder? Use a little common sense here, people! I shouldn't even have to argue something this basic.
We read a little further and we see that Lamech tells his wives, "I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times!" It seems clear to me that Lamech was not godly man in any shape or way. He was a man who ignored God's instruction for marriage, a sacred institution, and in doing so introduced a greivous sin into humanity.
Just because humans pervert God's design of our lives doesn't mean God's design is discredited. What a ridiculous idea! God's design for marriage is clearly given in Genesis 2:24, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the they will become one flesh."
Lamech practices polygamy. Nowhere do we see God ever approving of this. If anything, read Genesis 16 and 29-30 to see just how dysfunctional polygamist families are in the book of Genesis.
When people disobey God, it doesn't negate God's commands. If anything, the destructiveness of their rebellious decisions show that God's commands are right.