Erik Thorson's Jan. 3 column seriously misrepresents the Bible's position on marriage. He would have us believe that the Bible's view of marriage is ever changing, with various numbers of people involved. He also asserts that the Bible considers marriage more of a property arrangement than anything sacred.
To see the falsity of his position, look at the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 19:4-6. Here Jesus, quoting Genesis, defines marriage as being, from the beginning, between one man and one woman: "a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." He also clearly declares the sacredness of marriage: "What God has joined together, let man not separate." Jesus saw marriage as something brought into being by God, not a mere property arrangement.
The Old Testament does record cases of polygamy, especially on the part of kings, but we must distinguish between what the Bible records and what it approves. Nowhere is divine sanction or approval for multiple wives given, and the problems created by a man having several wives are vividly portrayed. Deuteronomy 17:17 even states that the king is not to take many wives, "or his heart will be led astray." The teaching of Jesus refers to God's intention for marriage as expressed in Genesis, not the misguided behavior of fallible men recorded various places in the Old Testament.
It appears to me that Thorson has chosen to disregard the teaching of Jesus in order to promote a political agenda.
Rev. Alwyn York