This isn't meant to bash or start a huge arguement. I'm just really interested where the idea that marriage is one man and one woman. I was reading the bible ( I don't believe in God but it's always great to know what your argueing about) and these passages struck me as odd. (I know not ALL Christians believe its between one man and woman but most seem to)
Genesis: 29: Passages 23 through 28:
And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him and
he went in unto her. And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah, Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
And it came to pass, that in the morning it was Leah: and he said to Laban, 'What is this thou
hast done unto me? did I not serve with thee for Rachel? wherefor then hast thou beguilded me?'
And Leban said, 'It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
Fulfill her week and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me
for yet seven other years.' And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his
daughter to wife also.Genesis: 30: Passage 4:
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.Genesis: 30: Passage 9:
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her Jacob to wifeSo as a serious question that I'm very interested to know the answer to, where does the belief in most Christians of marriage come from? In the bible there are multiple passages with men that have multiple wives. Then later it says 'The law of the Lord is perfect'. That really confused me. Have I not read far enough yet? Thank you for your time.Deut: 21: 15
If a man have two wives, one beloved and another hated and they have born him children; both
the beloved and the hated, and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated.