Did God sanction polygamy?

It would seem that in the Old Testament God sanctioned polygamy. Not so. Jesus said that in the beginning “the two shall become one flesh” (Matt. 19:4,5). He did not say “the fifteen shall become one flesh.” God gave Israel kings, but that was His permissivenot Hisperfect will. Polygamy is in the same category.

2 Chronicles 13:21 But Abijah grew mighty, married fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

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No more death, tears, or suffering.

By Tommy Mitchell, Answers in Genesis

If creatures lived millions of years before God made the Garden of Eden, then suffering and death arose before sin ruined creation. In fact, their fossil remains would be buried under Adam’s feet. But that’s not the case!

In Gen. 1—3 we are told of the beginning of things. God created everything in six ordinary days—a perfect creation in which there was no death. God looked at His creation and called it “very good” (Gen. 1:31). So where did death come from?

Death came as a direct result of Adam’s disobedience. Genesis 2:17 tells us, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” So Adam knew there was a consequence to his actions. When he took of the fruit and ate, his rebellion brought a curse and death: “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor. 15:21). The disease and death in the fossil record reflect this curse upon all of creation.

We must understand that our sin is what broke God’s perfect creation. We are all sinners because we are descended from sinners and we, too, rebel against God’s command (Rom. 5:12). Not one is innocent. As a result of sin “the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Rom. 8:22).

The good news is that the Last Adam, Jesus Christ, came to earth to bear the penalty of our sins and be nailed to the cross. He defeated death by His resurrection. By His atoning blood sacrifice for us, He has made a way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Further, He promised to those who place their faith in Him that in the future there will be no more death, tears, or suffering. The perfect world will then be restored.

Revelation 21:4And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

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God’s divine attributes.

Here is a revelation of God’s divine attributes. He is jealous. He takes vengeance. He becomes furious and wrath-filled. Yet, our all-powerful God is also slow to anger. He holds back His terrible wrath because He is rich in mercy (see Eph. 2:4). He is not willing that any perish (see 2 Pet. 3:9), but warns that He will by no means acquit the wicked. He not only gives us His word that justice will be done, but reason also demands it. It is reasonable that murderers, rapists, thieves, etc., be punished. If His creation—massive mountains, tremendous winds, vast seas and rivers—bows at His presence, how much more will sinful man be subject to His power? No one can stand before His indignation.

“Learn ye, my friends, to look upon God as being as severe in His justice as if He were not loving, and yet as loving as if He were not severe. His love does not diminish His justice, nor does His justice, in the least degree, make warfare upon His love. The two things are sweetly linked together in the atonement of Christ. But, mark, we can never understand the fullness of the atonement till we have first grasped the Scriptural truth of God’s immense justice. There was never an ill word spoken, nor an ill thought conceived, nor an evil deed done, for which God will not have punishment from some one or another. He will either have satisfaction from you, or else from Christ. If you have no atonement to bring through Christ, you must for ever lie paying the debt which you never can pay, in eternal misery; for as surely as God is God, He will sooner lose His Godhead than suffer one sin to go unpunished, or one particle of rebellion unrevenged.” Charles Spurgeon

Nahum 1:2God is jealous, and the Lord avenges;

The Lord avenges and is furious.

The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries,

And He reserves wrath for His enemies;

 

3The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,

And will not at all acquit the wicked.

The Lord has His way

In the whirlwind and in the storm,

And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

 

4He rebukes the sea and makes it dry,

And dries up all the rivers.

Bashan and Carmel wither,

And the flower of Lebanon wilts.

 

5The mountains quake before Him,

The hills melt,

And the earth heaves at His presence,

Yes, the world and all who dwell in it.

 

6Who can stand before His indignation?

And who can endure the fierceness of His anger?

His fury is poured out like fire,

And the rocks are thrown down by Him.

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Ungodly society.

How tragic for any parents to see their sons slaughtered before their eyes. Yet, that happens so often with the ungodly in contemporary society. They don’t fear of the Lord, and so their children grow up like their parents, become involved in a violent lifestyle of drugs or alcohol, and die young. The thief does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy (see John 10:10).

2 Kings 25:7Then they killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon.

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A sword that divides.

Jesus quoted this verse in regard to the persecution that comes to those who live godly in Christ Jesus (see Matt. 10:35,36; Luke 12:53). The gospel is a sword that divides us from this evil world. When someone becomes a Christian, he is like an ex-criminal who has become a police officer. He has betrayed the evil cause of this world and sided with the opposition. However, when friends and family turn against us, we have the strong consolation that God is our Father. He will lift us up when we fall and be a light to us in the darkest of hours (see vv. 7,8).

Micah 7:6 For son dishonors father,

Daughter rises against her mother,

Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

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“Which ‘god’ are you talking about: Thor, Zeus, etc.?”

The inference in this question is, “These were mythical gods, and so is yours.” Atheists are correct about these gods being myths. Man gravitates toward idolatry (making up false gods) as a moth does to a flame. There are millions of false gods—Hinduism alone has 330 million—but there is only one Creator. That is the God who revealed Himself to Moses and gave us His moral Law. And that is the God you and I will have to face on Judgment Day.

Another argument atheists use is that they cannot prove that God doesn’t exist, just as you and I cannot prove that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist. This is a demeaning way of equating belief in God with belief in the tooth fairy. It is true that we cannot disprove the existence of either the tooth fairy or God. However, belief in the existence of the tooth fairy is inconsequential. Belief in and therefore obedience to the one true God has eternal consequences.

Joshua 23:7and lest you go among these nations, these who remain among you. You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyoneto swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them

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Seek counsel and heed it.

Wisdom is so often forged in the sufferings of experience. Youth forget that the aged were once young and impetuous, and formed much of their life’s philosophies from their mistakes. A wise man said that parents should never worry if teenagers don’t seem to listen to their advice because, in time, those teenagers will become parents and then will give the same advice to their kids. Seek counsel from the experienced—and heed it. Yet, as vv. 13–15 show, despite the unwise counsel the king received, God was working to fulfill His purposes.

2 Chronicles 10:8But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

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