Question from Sally on 4/2/2008:
Why did God admonish David for committing adultery w/ Bathsheba, but NOTHING about him having so many wives and concubines. Same w/ Solomon. God already gave them the ten commandments but they never follow it.
I'm really stumped on this.
Answer by Fr. John Echert on 4/2/2008:
With Bathseba he was guilty of stealing another man's wife, which is adultery; polygamy was tolerated by God in ancient times which is not adultery (so long as one has not taken another man's wife) but eventually God outlawed this. Christ leaves no doubt about this matter when he calls us back to the original order of creation, one man and one woman, married until death.