Does the bible really say that Jesus Christ was celibate?

by JWoods 25 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • minimus

    Isa. 9:6 Jesus is the Eternal Father.

  • snowbird

    Min, why don't you seven shut up your little dot of a mouth?


  • WTWizard

    The early Catholic church edited the Bible to weed out anything about Jesus that might give away the real message (that he wanted us to lead ourselves). They also weeded out anything that might suggest that Jesus was not born of a virgin, or that he was not definitively celibate. Then, the Catholic church could impose celibacy in the name of Jesus (they did, in fact, do that with monks and nuns--a practice they continue to this day--and to priests).

    Now, while the Catholic church itself is subject to reform, the Bible they left behind is what Protestant denominations have to work with. And, if that Bible suggests that Jesus was celibate or that he was born of a virgin, they incorporate it into their own teachings. All of which makes them prone to making sex difficult to obtain. It is of note that Islam and Hindu also have unnecessary doctrines to dirtify sex.

  • Leolaia

    One possibly relevant text:

    "For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others make themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who can accept this accept it" (Matthew 19:12).

  • Chalam

    The church is the bride of Christ

    Matthew 22:1-14 Matthew 25:1-13 John 3:28-30 Revelation 19:6-9



  • mkr32208

    Bible seems to state pretty clearly to me that jesus was homosexual, spending the night with the naked young man, roaming around with 12 other dudes, attracting misogynistic followers like Paul...

  • JWoods

    This topic first came up on another board (on which James the agnostic is probably the most religiously informed poster there) - so I decided to bounce it around here.

    A poster on this mostly secular board made an interesting point: It is really not stated whether the Apostles were married or not. Except, of course, for the anti-marriage Paul. So, maybe the lack of information on Jesus is not so unusual, and maybe we should not read that much into it.

    However, in Jewish custom, marriage was a sort of rite of passage - a Mitzvah, or good command which should be kept. I did not know this, but a poster there also claimed that you had to be married to be a Rabbi or "Teacher" and that there is a gospel reference to people calling him this. It would indeed be highly unusual in their custom if all 12 of them remained unmarried past their 20s.

    I think this may indicate that later editions (what we have now) of the Gospels probably left out important personal details of the main character's lives (for example - nothing about Jesus from 12 to 30) - because they thought it would cloud the issue of their main message.

  • sir82
    It is really not stated whether the Apostles were married or not.

    In Matthew it refers to Peter's mother-in-law.

    [/end quibble]

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    That's an error in translation.

    Jesus isn't "celibate", he's a cephalopod.

    Pray that he touches YOU with his noodly appendage... Ph'nglui mglw'nafh New Jerusalem wgah'nagl fhtagn, world without end, amen! - Yog 3:16

  • Elsewhere

    The bible makes it very clear that Jebus was a virgin:

    Matt. 29: 1
    An lo, Jebus Dick was never wettened.

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