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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Gay Friendly Jesus

Though not an avid Bible reader, I was once motivated to peruse the New Testament looking for evidence that Jesus disdained homosexuals. Since the words of Christ were printed in red, this was a relatively easy task. I found nothing, and quickly forgot about it, satisfied that fundamentalist bible thumpers were "having their way" with the great book, inventing and imposing homophobia were none existed. Now, thanks to a friend whose interest in the Bible far exceeds my own, I've been directed to a chapter and verse of St Matthew in which Christ appears to actually "justify" homosexuality. My friend refers to this as one of the many "eunuch" parables in the Bible. Here it is:

Chapter 19, verse 8 thru 12: He saith unto them, "Moses because of the harness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery."
His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto them:
"All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."

In Biblical times there was no word for homosexual. Clearly "eunuch" in Christ's text refers to men who do not sleep, or are not disposed to sleep, with women. Why else would he assert that there are men who "have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake." What else could he be referring to here other than priests? Did men have to undergo "actual" castration in order to become priests? Of course not. Eunuch is clearly used in a figurative fashion, except in the middle example: "some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men." And the first example, those "so born from their mother's womb?" What else could these be but natural born homosexuals?

I am not posing here as a Bible expert. But when the Bible is used as a weapon for the unfair treatment of whole groups of people, then all people--both those being judged, and those being herded into mass judgement against others-- have a right to go to the Book and cite chapter and verse against those who play so recklessly with human spirituality.


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