Marriage Question for Christians

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    I have a fun hypothetical for Christians, particularly those who feel strongly that their religion requires "one man-one woman" marriages.

    Say a Muslim man in Saudi Arabia or some other Muslim country, who has two wives, converts to Christianity. Do you believe that God and Christianity would require him to put aside the second wife, or would they allow him to keep them both? Why or why not? Would the answer change if both wives had children with this man? Why or why not?
     
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    Sinners cannot be wed in the eyes of God
     
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    According to whom? And since when are you a Christian, Prole?
     
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    Im not seeing how your scenario effects the belief that a marriage is between one man and one woman.

    Marriage = one man + one woman

    The problem you have that you are looking at this scenario as if one man + two women = marriage. But that isnt the correct way to look at it because the women arent married to each other. There just happen to be 2 marriages here between one man + one woman. The man just happens to be the same in both marriages.

    A marriage is a union between a man and a woman. There is nothing that says because someone is married multiple times they are no longer married... In fact, the idea is rather contradictory if you say it outloud.

    As for whether that will effect anyone converting to Christianity in general, Id say absolutely not. There is nothing inherently incompatible with being Christian and having more than one wife. The Bible forbids it directly in no place and many of the righteous men in the Bible lived this life style.

    As for my particular sect, we dont rely on the Bible alone, but rely on on going revelation, one of which forbids this practice. In that case, my guess is the family would be permitted to attend church but would be unable to be baptized until a time where there would be only one living marriage relationship possible or until a time they can be baptized through proxy after they have died. I would presume that the children from such families, since they are not married would be allowed to be baptized and would be able to preform the proxy ordinance at some point.

    But then since we generally arent in those countries at the moment, im not sure the situation has ever come up.
     
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    Careful you will make the anti Mormon segment of the board start ranting about how we really do have plural marriages and are evil incarnate.
     
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    In the Christian perspective, marriage is the joining together of two people into one complete being. Marriage is before God. That's why gays can't 'be truly married: God does not recognize the union.

    Interestingly, in heaven, all these marriages are torn asunder, as all become the body of Christ's Church, joined in union with God.
     
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    Neither marriage would be recognized by the Catholic Church, so there would be no conflict at all. He'd just pick the one he wanted to marry and that would be that.

    I can't speak for the other bastardized forms of Christianity. :)
     
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    Just like in the case of a gay marriage, if the person becomes a Christian, they would have to do away with the unions already made because they are not recognized by God. Once a believer, you have to make some choices, and some of them are not easy. If you want to be within the will of God, you have to make some adjustments.

    The Muslim can still chose one and marry her, but only one. However, unless that one is also a Christian, the union cannot be recognized as a marriage union according to His marriage design. "Not to be unequally yoked."
     
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    I thought it was we Catholics who are evil incarnate! How confusing. Perhaps we should agree to share the honor of being the thorn in the side of the non-believers? :muahaha:
     
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    You know, considering that many figures in the Bible had several wives, as well as the fact that there isn't a Commandment about having only 1 wife, rather it just says do not commit adultery.

    Adultery by the way, is taking the love that someone gives you, and give that same love to another, without telling the first.

    In the cases of multiple marriage or people who swing? It's not adultery, as all parties are notified and involved.

    Should the Muslim keep the wife upon conversion to Christianity? Yes. And, should be rewarded with 1,000 dollars for making a smart choice and choosing a religion of life over one that chooses death.
     

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