Polygamy is a hot topic and stirs up a lot of ire against Joseph Smith. I can’t say that I fully understand this subject. I’m definitely grateful that my husband has only one wife.
The anti-Mormons use their perception of polygamy to throw out Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. The Mormons try to avoid the topic and don’t look favorably on this part of our history.
I personally think it would be very hard to live the law. Here in this telestial world, we are so full of lust, jealousy, envy, resentment, and sexual perversion that we don’t even have the proper lenses to look at this ancient law and practice.
Most men and women can’t even handle marriage to one partner. Look at the divorce rate. Do you think a man that can’t get along with one woman would want to have four to handle? Just ask Father Jacob.
Jacob was in love and only wanted to marry Rachel. How is it that he ended up with four wives? I think Jacob would have been content with just Rachel, but more was required of him. Did he think the drama of trying to keep four wives happy and living in peace with each other was fun? Do you think he was a sex-crazed man? Does it offend you that the Father of Israel was a polygamist? Genesis 30:1-24
I am not going to throw out the Bible because Father Abraham was a polygamist; neither do I believe Abraham to be an adulterous man because he had wives and concubines Genesis25:5-6, Genesis 25:12. Both the Jews and Christians look to Abraham as the father of many nations Genesis 17:4. It looks like God was pleased with Abraham’s obedience.
Speaking to Isaac, the Lord said, “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Genesis 26:3-5
I’m only a mortal. Who am I to judge the things of God and call them evil? Isaiah 5:20-21 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9.
It doesn’t make God wrong just because I don’t understand why He does what He does. It might be wise to listen and learn before judging God and claiming that I have everything all figured out. God doesn’t live in the box of my paradigms. I shouldn’t expect him to conform to the beliefs I’ve created for him. He still has much to reveal to his teachable children. He is a personal God and intimately involved in our lives, “Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?” Jeremiah 23:23