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To: ReformationFan
the only other first-century Jews that shared Jesus' opposition to more than two persons in a sexual bond were the Essenes, who likewise rejected "taking two wives in their lives"

This implies that Christ taught that widows and widowers could not remarry. This is not true, as shown by Paul's comment that he had every right to marry, despite his apparently being a widower.

The original Law allowed not only for divorce and serial marriages, it permitted polygamy and concubinage.

In fact, the Law of Moses was very similar to today's Islam when it came to marriage.

4 posted on 04/02/2009 5:27:07 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan
You are incorrect on the law. The original law (as you stated) did not allow for divorce or serial marriages. Not that the Law of Moses allowed serial marriages, but you conflate God's Law with the Law of Moses. They are not the same. Due to the rebellion of the Israelites, God told Moses to give the Israelites Deuteronomy ("the Second Law").

You also misrepresent Christ's teaching and the history of the law. What was not allowed since the beginning was divorce and remarriage... because there was no separation of two-becoming-one besides death. Your widow and widower example bears nothing on this.

6 posted on 04/02/2009 5:57:59 PM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: Sherman Logan
This is not true, as shown by Paul's comment that he had every right to marry, despite his apparently being a widower.

Or divorced.

7 posted on 04/02/2009 6:03:51 PM PDT by Lee N. Field (Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.)
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