The teachings of Jesus instruct us to love each other. This includes
tolerance of people who don't believe as we do.
Students will research what the Bible says about polygamy.
Hymns: #306 Draw Me Nearer
and #500 Take Time
to Be Holy
Portugal Sets the Race Pace ~
A learning game for students to do in groups of three or four.
Teacher Directions & Answers
for Race Pace
- Many reformers taught that Christian doctrine should come straight
from the Bible. This was in contrast with the traditions of the Roman Church.
- Is infant baptism Biblical? (no) Is
there a Scripture text authorizing baptizing babies or small children? (No, there is
no record of such a thing. "Whosoever believes" should be baptized.
A person should be old enough to know what they believe.)
- Some people began to realize the fact that infant baptism is not
Biblical. A group of them developed, and they called themselves the
Anabaptists. This group believed that people should not be baptized until they were
old enough to understand what Christ's death meant. As their belief spread across
Europe, there grew several different varieties of Anabaptists. Some Anabaptists
were fanatical and some were moderate.
- A fanatical Anabaptist group in Munster taught that the Bible
millennium would soon appear. To be ready, they tried to set up God's kingdom on
earth. To do this they did some very unbiblical deeds. They began to kill
people they considered ungodly and took over the city.
Do you think that killing people who don't believe like you
a Biblical principal?
- The Children of Israel did it all the time. Why?
- What did Jesus and Bible writers say about how we should treat
- Assign texts to students to read these texts aloud:
- Matthew 5:11
- Matthew 5:21-22
- Matthew 5:38-39
- Matthew 5:43-45
- John 13:34
- Romans 13:10
- Galatians 6:1-2
- 1 John 3:11-15
- To complete the story of the extreme Anabaptist
group that took over the city of Munster, the city was surrounded by enemies of the
Anabaptist group. They laid siege on the city for more than a year before it
fell. This was followed by a horrible massacre which spread to the whole territory
of Anabaptists--even though the other Anabaptists had nothing to do with the extremist
group in Munster. Many Anabaptists were drowned because people considered it to be a
fitting punishment for "baptizers."
- A famous writer once said, "Our inhumanity to man is our worst
Summary: The Bible principle for treatment of people
who might believe differently than we do is:
Love and tolerance.
Further research: The leader of the extreme
Anabaptist group in Munster taught that polygamy was to be the law of the kingdom of
God. Is polygamy Biblical?
Groups: Polygamy and the
(Please note that there is NO Bible verse that suggests men
should have more than one wife. Students should research and come to this
QUESTION: So why did Bible heroes practice
polygamy? Mrs. White suggests that God "tolerated" it, but it was
not His design. It was the practice of the heathens around them and part of the
culture of their time. However, each of the families of Abraham, Jacob, Esau,
David, and Solomon suffered greatly because of it.