WHEN SKEPTICS ACCUSE THE BIBLE OF INCONSISTENCY.
Christians need to learn a fundamental principle: if a skeptic wants to show that The Bible is inconsistent in its teachings, then the skeptic has to first acknowledge that The Bible is true in its recordings.
In other words, if the skeptic wants to show that The Bible promotes various types of marriage, then the skeptic can only do that by presuming that such marriages were indeed practiced in ancient times and The Bible’s recording of these practices is accurate and truthful.
In other words, before the skeptic can show The Bible to be inconsistent, the skeptic has to presume that The Bible is historically accurate. After all, if The Bible is historically inaccurate about diversity of marriage practices then the skeptic cannot make any accusation of inconsistency.
To state it slightly differently, any accusation of inconsistency can only be made on the basis of historical accuracy.
If the skeptic is happy to acknowledge historical accuracy of The Bible, further conversation on the contexts of these passages can be pursued.
However, if the skeptic denies historical accuracy of The Bible, then the skeptic is failing to see their own inconsistency.