Sunday, July 22, 2018

Husband of One Wife - Some Facts

Have you ever been reading through the Bible and come across something that made you giggle?

What a weird thing to read, "husband of one wife".  Well of course you'd be the husband of ONE wife!  What a preposterous thing.  Right?

Let's talk about that for a moment....

First the verses in question:

1 Timothy 3:2 - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

1 Timothy 3:12 - Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Titus 1:6 - ...if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

If you've come across those verses in the Bible AND you have a good Pastor in your life, you were probably told something along the lines of:

"Well, Paul was talking to Titus and Timothy about things that were actually going on back in those times.  You see, back then, in certain parts of the world, it was acceptable, even normal to have multiple wives, all at the same time.  But don't worry about that stuff, it's not really important anymore."

Hold your horses...

That teaching started off great, but ended in disaster!

Today in 2018, not only are there people in places all over the world that STILL practice polygamy, but there are whole religions that both teach AND practice it as well!  If you're old enough, you probably think I'm going to point you to the Mormons!  But guess what?  While it's TRUE that there are SOME offshoots of the Mormon religion that DO practice this, the larger LDS does not.  While we're on the subject, the only reason that the LDS do not practice this, is because the United States government (and indeed all 50 states) have made it a crime to do so.

So what religion am I talking about?

Oh boy!
This one is going to get me into some hot water for sure!

Remember the "religion of peace"?  You know, those nice fellas that like to strap bombs to their chests and murder thousands of people in a great ball of fire?  You know, the ones that like to get behind the wheel of a box-truck and murder dozens of people and families while they're out innocently enjoying a beautiful evening together?  Yeah, that was some sarcasm.

Islam not only practices this in OTHER parts of the world, they are practicing it right now, RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE here in the United States!  For those of you who don't know, the practice of polygamy has been going on not just since Mohammed taught about it in the 600's, but way before that as well.  Pagan religions have been encouraging it for at LEAST a couple of thousand years.

You might be asking yourself, "How can they get married  to more than one woman in the United States?  Didn't you just say it was a crime?".  And you'd be right to ask that question!  But first, let me show you what Islam teaches.

From the Qur'an:

Sura 4 (An-Nisa), Ayah 3 - If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.

A quick note:  If asked, most Muslims will tell you that since the Bible was incomplete (that's what they'll say), it was left to Muhammad to finish it and fill in all the blanks.  Seems to me that the verses above are a HUGE contradiction to what's already in the Bible.  Seems to me God made it pretty clear you should only have ONE WIFE at a time.  But I'm not here today to show you how and why the Qur'an isn't the Word of God.

So that verse in Sura 4 shows you where Muslims get "permission" to marry 2, 3 or even 4 wives all at the same time.  But now we get to the nitty-gritty.  There is apparently a HOLE in every single one of the laws in the United States regarding the illegal practice of polygamy.  It's so HUGE that anyone can walk right through it while juggling!

Federal law (by way of the Internal Revenue Service) demands that a marriage is between TWO consenting adults.  Therefore any time you fill out your tax returns, there are only TWO places for names.  Your name and your ONE spouses name.  Getting married by a justice of the peace?  Don't even think about it if you already have 1 wife.

But what if you don't care about the IRS?  What if you don't care about tax deductions?  What if you want to get whatever you want and you want to get around the laws?  As I understand it (and I personally know it's true), depending on what nationality the Muslim is, it's as simple as asking your wife for permission to take another woman.  I know for a fact that's the way it is in both Pakistan and Iran.  There are other Muslim countries that don't even ask as much.  If a man wants another wife, they can do so, as long as they are able to properly care for and support all of their wives.

This is apparently the dirty secret that we're not supposed to know about.  Fact is, there's no law against CHEATING on your wife (because that's what's REALLY happening).  It's wrong, it's hurtful, deceitful and you shouldn't do it, but it's not a crime.  Fact is, you could have 100 "wives" if you wanted to, just remember not to CLAIM them in whatever state you live in or on your tax return.

But let me reel this all in for you.  I'm not suggesting that anyone lose their minds and start taking multiple women as wives.  That's insane!  God made it crystal clear regarding what He expects and what He demands of us.  I just wanted to set you straight that there are some things that your average "American" isn't even AWARE OF, much less your average "Christian".  If your Pastor doesn't know something, then he can't teach you.  If you don't know, you'll also teach something that isn't correct or true.

This blog is all about correcting false teachings and making sure that you're equipped for as much as possible.  While I'm not recommending you go out and become an expert in the Qu'ran, nor am I suggesting you go out and start reading the books that other religions use either.  What I am suggesting, is that you're not afraid to pick up those books, in order to make sure that you better understand the what's, where's, why's and how's about all sorts of things that you may come across in life.

While I would wish that every Pastor knew everything that there is to know about everything, that just isn't possible.  Even I learn new things every single day!  Never be afraid to learn, no matter what your friends or family think.  It's that thirst for knowledge and the never ending desire to be as close to God as possible that should drive you.

To all of those who would deny what I have written here or claim that I'm wrong or ignorant, a simple Google search or even a simple visit to Wikipedia will give you enough information to prove to you that I'm not making this up.  Even better - Ask a Muslim and see if they'll tell you the truth.  While I would hope they'd be honest, don't be too surprised if they lie.  Apparently Islam teaches that it's fine to lie to non-Muslims.  LOL.  Who's the author of confusion again?  Right!  It's Satan!  :)

Exodus 20:16 - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Keep it family friendly!  :)

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