When Christians are married, what does it mean for them to be married? In other words, can Christians have more than one wife or husband? There are two schools of thought on this.
Many people looking to get married in the Christian church want to know how many wives a Christian can marry, as it is not something that is taught in the Bible.
Many people looking to get married in the Christian church want to know how many wives a Christian can marry. It is not something that is taught in the Bible, but there are some verses that mention it.
Exodus 21:10–11 states, “If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marriage rights.” “And if he does not do these three things for her, then she may go free without giving him any money.”
Deuteronomy 17:17 says, “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself nor great numbers of horses; nor shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.” (Deut 17:17)
In 1 Timothy 3:2, it states, “A bishop then must be blameless…” (1 Tim 3:2). The Greek word used here means “not having more than one wife.” This verse doesn’t tell us that a bishop couldn’t have more than one wife, but at least it tells us that those who lead should not have more than one wife so as not to cause controversy over their decisions.
The Answer to This Question Really Depends on How You Read the Bible and If You Believe that God Has Revealed All His Will Concerning Marriage in The Bible.
The Bible does not say how many wives a man can have, but it does tell us that he must treat them equally and fairly (1 Corinthians 7:3). If he chooses to marry more than one wife, then he cannot be unfair or partial to either of them.
There is nothing in the Bible about divorcing your spouse for any reason whatsoever during the marriage. However, if your spouse commits adultery against you with another man or woman, then divorce is allowed according to Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11–12; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:10–11; Romans 7:2–3; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; and Hebrews 13:4. You see, the Old Testament allows multiple wives for a man, but in Matthew chapter five, Jesus said a man might divorce his wife for any reason whatsoever. The Bible tells us that when a man divorces his wife, it is because she has committed adultery and that he can never marry her again. It also says that a man can put away his wife for any reason at all.
When We Add This Together with What Paul Said About Adultery, It Becomes Very Clear that A Woman Can Have Only One Husband at A Time, and Men Cannot Marry More than One Wife.
The Bible is clear on this matter. It teaches that a man can have only one wife at a time, and a woman can have only one husband at a time. The number of wives a Christian can marry is one. The Bible teaches that it’s adultery if you commit sexual immorality with another person while married to someone else (see Matthew 5:32).
If you’re committed to God and are living under the authority of His Word, then it’s important for you to understand how this teaching applies in practice today so that you don’t fall into sin or inadvertently cause others around you—who love God—to sin as well by engaging in sinful behavior such as polygamy or polyandry (which is when both men and women marry multiple partners).
From the above discussion, we can conclude that a Christian can marry only one wife. However, it is also true that there is no law against polygamy in Christianity. If you want to get married again, you need to follow the proper procedure as laid down by your church.
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What does a Man do since I can’t get more than 1 Wife & I am trying to live a Christmas Filled Life but I have Fallen in Love with More than 1 Woman I have a Child with Another one of the Women I wish to Marry. But I have read and Understood that it’s not a Christ Like Man but I think that King Solomon is a Story of which is a shame of him to Lead other men such as myself but I will not be like him For I Shall Make sure all of my Bride’s and Co-Bride’s are Christian and Follow the Lead of Solomon because I am also trying to be Like my Bible Icon Solomon after David After Job After After Moses After Jacob After Jesus After GOD
Sorry this is coming a bit later than you expected. I understand your views about life through the eyes of great men of old such as Solomon and David. I have also heard of similar cases. An African founder and late pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Josiah O Akindayomi) was married to several wives just like you. However, when God called him, he went through a process called restitution to keep his first wife and provide for the others. Yours might not be so similar. But however my point here is that, God is so much concerned about you, yes you, Claudius. He is not a God of the multitude but individuals. If he was a God of multitude, As soon as we are all saved, he can clean the earth up as in Noah’s time. We see this characteristic of God in Noah’s time. God is particular about one individual because one can make a thousand. Creating the ant is an example of how he is so concerned about an individual. If having more than one wife will distract you (your soul) from God, he is against it. If it takes you more closer to knowing Him, then He will support you. Solomon nearly got carried away by women. But, he got himself back. Do you want to risk that? When Jesus says, the Father is looking for “those” who will worship in spirit and truth. He was not talking of multitude but rather individuals. Here’s why God let’s you still remain on earth even after being saved..”Process”. in other words, Your soul should undergo changes.. shining brighter and brighter unto that day. Yes Claudius, I am glad you asked, the essence or idea behind one man to a woman is so as not to loose focus. Jesus said, what will it profit a man….you see, “individual” not being distracted, to gain the whole world (wives, money , any physical attribute) and loose his soul? Wonder why what you buy today quickly gets outdated? wonder why a food get spoilt after a while, nothing physical is permanent, the soul is but the body is not. What you cannot see is what’s permanent. So, Claudius, Moses had a wife, Job had a wife, David had a wife he truly adored, Jacob had a wife he truly adored. “Others”, are addition. You can’t keep adding to the detriment of your soul. If it works for you and gets you “MORE” close to God , then its fine, marry as many as you wish. But, many is wearisome my Brother. So you decide. God loves each of your wives specially and you especially. So decide. God bless you Claudius.