What an exciting time we live in. I have never seen more voices, claims, philosophies, and disagreements within the realm of what many call Mormonism. I have to thank Tim, and many other people who are open and tolerant of contrary views and interpretations.
Truth will always remain constant and will stand up to any degree of scrutiny, and we must trust that the truth will win out, and that is what we all seek. Such tolerance and civility says a lot about what is happening now. In early Mormonism civil debate was welcome, and all views were heard without fear of ex-communication. Not so today.
Polygamy will no doubt continue to be a point of disagreement, passion, even contention, because of the lack of proof in so many areas of its’ implementation in early Mormon history. Today instead of focusing on who implemented it, I want to show why polygamy is not practical in the next life, perhaps to shed a different light on it than we often hear in the common debate.
Often when polygamy is brought up, I hear someone (usually a woman) declare how unfair it is. Many don’t like the idea of their husband having sex with other women. They don’t like the idea of sharing their husbands’ affection. I understand.
Almost invariably this leads to people talking about how there will be no jealousy in the next life, and a man can love one woman and still share all of his love with other women as well. The other argument is that one woman just couldn’t possibly pop babies out fast enough to populate worlds, so more wives are needed than husbands.
Lately I have been hearing a lot about how many polygamous relationships work out great here on the earth. The women are happy, the men are happy, so if they are happy, then God would be happy with that as well. I do not doubt that some polygamous relationships have worked out here on the earth, but I believe they are missing some truths might have completely changed their perspective before they jumped in.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
1 Corinthians 7:14- For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband… 16- For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
There are other similar verses but these suffice. There is something very special about a man and a woman and their creative powers. When Eve was figuratively made from the rib of Adam, it was like something was ripped from Adam’s body, he would never feel complete without recovering that dang rib! He was missing a piece of his own body.
When soulmates get together, and begin to overcome spiritual death through the atonement, something amazing starts to happen. They begin to be “sealed” together in spirit. This means that the light and spiritual essence of the wife begins to be infused with the spirit of the husband, and the light and spiritual essence of the husband begins to be infused with the spirit of the wife. This is very literal, and very real.
Some people have come to the conclusion that the man and woman will become one mass of hermaphroditic unity. Sounds kind of crazy but to others it makes perfect sense. They believe that the man and woman will become a single entity.
My understanding is that although the spirits share glory, experience, and intelligence, the two soulmates always will remain separate entities. They will not become one being, although they will become one in unity, purpose and all things just like we can become one with the Lord.
Ok so what then becomes the problem with polygamy? Well there are two separate spirits in the universe, two separate energies, two separate forces. They are male and female. This is almost universally accepted in all religions. Think of the Yin and the Yang, the perfect opposition in all things.
What makes someone male, even more than the male body, is the male spirit within them. The same goes for females. Now as so many have noticed, the Yin and the Yang look a little like the number 69. Look how the two numbers are equal in size and opposition. This represents one man and one woman equally progressing in glory together. This is the structure of the universe now with equal male spirit (God the Father) and equal female spirit (Eternal Mother.)
Now picture one man hooking up with two women. Spiritually you immediately become lopsided and it looks like this 69. Sorry ladies, you only get half of the male spirit when you are giving all of your own spirit to the husband.
Now let’s look at four females to one male 69 No that is not a period after the number six. That is the number nine representing the puny male spirit next to the gargantuan female spirit. Are you seeing a problem yet?
The universe can only be held together with equal male and female forces. If it is out of balance, then we run into all sorts of problems. In fact it is interesting that the number 666, the mark of the beast, is the number of a MAN. This earth right now is out of balance but slowly is coming to respect the female side a little bit at a time.
So the real problem with polygamy is not the jealousy, it is not the lust, it is something entirely different in the eternal worlds. It is that Creation, Fulness, Balance, Harmony, Charity, and all the rest of everything virtuous cannot exist in Perfection without equal male and female forces.
Sure Solomon was pretty wise, check out the verses in 1 Kings 4:29-34
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
30 And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.
32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.
33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
I think if I had all of that female energy running through me I would be singing songs and writing poetry non-stop as well. Female spirit is fantastic, but look where it lead Solomon in the end. He was unequally yoked, and to have more female than male will always lead to problems, just as having more male than female will result in the same.
Miracles, healing, the powers of heaven and the Fullness of the gospel come only when both of these spirits are working in harmony together. Like Denver Snuffer recently wrote, “polygamy is hell.”