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Andrew

I'd like to make a comment but it's not about civil unions. It's more so on your use of scripture as references.

I think your illustration is implying that God accepted the practice of polygamy/polandry. I think there's a difference between God describing actions (through scripture) and prescribing an action. The Bible describes polygamy but it never prescribes the act. Same thing goes for divorce and slavery. The Torah makes provision for divorce yet Jesus states that it's actually against God's will. God made provision for divorce for a time not because He approved of it, but because of man's "hardness of heart." (ref: Matthew 19:1-12)

People were not perfect and were blessed in spite of it (sound familiar?) Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all deceived God and yet God blessed them. That doesn't indicate God condones lies and deceit. God bless people because He's gracious, not because they're obedient. King David and Solomon took on multiple wives but again, the Torah (Deu 17:17) condemns kings taking on multiple wives.

When the Bible does define the covenant of marriage, it says "a man" and "his wife" (not plural). It says the two become "one flesh." Marriage is intended to mirror the faithful relationship between Christ and His church (Eph 5). If polygamy was prescribed, that would suggest we can distribute our covenantal affection toward a plurality of lovers.

So in short, there aren't several different 'marriages' approved by God.

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