A viewer named Sam posed the following question about adultery and polygamy, which prompted Pat Robertson to predict that it's just a matter of time before polygamy is legalized here in the USA: "In Exodus, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. The seventh commandment is 'Thou shall not commit adultery' but men continued to have more than one wife until the end of the Old Testament. My question is: Would that still technically be adultery?"
Here is Pat's answer:
It wasn't. They were marrying these women. And they had multiple wives. The kings did and others did. David had several wives. So that was certainly after Moses and that wasn't considered adultery.Check out the bolded section of Pat's words. Are those truly the only reasons that we do not allow polygamy in this country? Truly?? If so, then I agree with him that there's really no basis for banning plural marriages in this country.
Which means one of these days -- trust me -- the laws concerning polygamy are going to be taken out because the only reason they have laws against polygamy is because it is said it is unbiblical and it is not Christian and therefore they shouldn't do it. And so if you can have all of the other things that the Supreme Court has ruled on, believe me they're going to say it's unconstitutional to forbid polygamy.
We look at the New Testament. It says "Man should have one wife and be content with one wife rather than multiple wives." It's in the New Testament. But it wasn't adultery! Because they were married! They got married! The man looked after the wives. They were his wives. He had a covenant relationship with all of them. That's in the Book!
Of course, it's not that simple. There are many other reasons why we don't allow polygamy in this country. Much of it is based off the federal government's disdain for the Mormon polygamists. But there are also issues of polygamist cults that do plural marriages in the cloak of secrecy and who abuse young girls. And there are also legal nightmares centering around issues of consent and inheritance when it comes to plural marital partners.
That said, even if laws banning plural marriages get struck down someday, I really don't see this becoming a common type of relationship outside of conservative religious communities and poly groups. Beyond that, I really don't see too many people agreeing to opening their marriage up into plural marriages.
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