This is the first of an multiple part series on the Bible and promiscuity: no one part of this series should be read as a sole defense of promiscuity, as this series investigates this Christian view as a whole.
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 1 Corinthians 11:7-9
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 1Kings 11:1-3
A beginning thought and truth to this series: women exist for men. Men do not exist for women. If men didn’t want women, they would not exist. God created women for men. And clearly, God created dogs after women :).
One of the many Biblical problems that modern Christians face when addressing sexual promiscuity is the Old Testament example of King Solomon (he will be referred to as Solomon hereafter). Some modern Christians will assert that Solomon’s wives led him astray from God, and thus this demonstrates that God does not approve of sexual promiscuity. Other modern Christians will show that one cannot follow God and sexually experience many women – and Solomon’s example proves this. Other modern Christians might even state that the rules against sexual promiscuity in the Bible don’t necessarily apply to kings that God appoints.
All ad-hoc explanations sound good, but fail.
1. God does not condemn Solomon’s promiscuity. In fact, Solomon’s sin was not having multiple wives – as we continue to read 1 Kings 11, but a sin of allowing women to influence him and intermarrying with foreign women. Readers of Red Pill wisdom understand this – Solomon essentially becomes religiously betaized. He follows the religious practice of his wives and does not maintain his dominant religious mindset (read Proverbs and note how dominant and authoritative Solomon is – an excellent book for young men to read). He also marries women who God explicitly disapproves of; not a condemnation of sex with foreign women, but marriage.
Some modern Christians might say, “You can’t hook up with multiple women without them influencing you spiritually.” This might be true: does hooking up with women draw you closer or further from Jesus? For Solomon, it did not draw him closer – but this isn’t because he had multiple wives but because he was influenced by his multiple wives and took women God had condemned.
2. The Bible lists many of Solomon’s wives and concubines, some of which were foreign and worshiped false gods. However, the Bible doesn’t say that all his wives and concubines worshiped false gods. This means that we would have to make assumptions about his wives’ and concubines’ spiritual state; some of them may have been followers of God (we don’t know). Thus the assertion that if you sleep with many women, you’ll automatically turn away from God may or may not be true (refer to point one’s question). The act of having sex simply doesn’t mean you want to read the Bible less, pray less, witness less, and lead in Christ less. On the other hand, it might.
3. The final defense I’ve heard is that King David, Solomon and other kings could have multiple wives because they were kings and “normal rules” don’t apply to kings. Readers can determine if that explanation will suffice.