"Jesus is My Boyfriend" Christianity

by cofty 58 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • bohm

    Allow me to quote the section vidiot mentions,

    Loving Jesus [ edit ]

    This is a term that TFI members use to describe their intimate, sexual relationship with Jesus. TFI describes the "Loving Jesus" teachings as a radical form of bridal theology. [16] It is their understanding of the Bible that the followers of Christ are his bride, called to love and serve him with the fervor of a wife. They took bridal theology further than mainstream Christians by encouraging members to imagine that Jesus is having sex with them during sexual intercourse and masturbation. Male members were encouraged to visualize themselves as women, in order to avoid a homosexual relationship with Jesus. Many publications and messages TFI members received from the spirit work and even claim to be from Jesus himself refer to and elaborate on this intimate, sexual relation that they believe Jesus desires and needs from his church, and TFI in particular being his special "bride" in graphic poetry, guided visualizations, artwork [9] and songs [10], and more. Some literature was unable to be brought into more conservative countries for fear they might be classified at customs as pornography [11]. The literature that first revealed this new view of Jesus and his desire for a sexual relationship with believers was slightly edited and made available to 12 & 14 year olds [12], and then further edited and published in mild terms for children [13].
    There is ordinary bullshit and there is legendary bullshit!

    "Jesus is My Boyfriend"

    THE RAPTURE with mimi rogers.

    I`m told it was a great movie just about this very subject..


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  • Watkins

    That's just freakin' weird, cofty. It's upside-down, you're right... it's depraved, and I'm repulsed by it, too.

    Discussing agape' and eros types of love - what happened to philia, brotherly love - is it not referenced in Bible text at all? Philia, to me, is the perfect love - not erotic or general love, but love like blood brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, family= kin.

    That was the kind of love I expected to find at the kh. I was very disappointed to find that it only existed there with great difficulties... same as everywhere else. There were cliques and exclusive circles; there was jealousy, assumption, prejudice and pride, gossip, judgmentalism... and paranoia. I expected a real 'spiritual paradise' and it was just the same as anywhere else in the world. I expected to be able to enjoy platonic, trusting relationships with members of the opposite sex - like real brothers. (I never had a brother and have always longed for a relationship like that. I had 3 sisters and all of us could've used the loving guidance and protection of an older brother, for sure!) I've noted with irony that the only completely platonic friendships I've ever had were with gay men!

    BUT - I was(I'm old now, lol) an attractive 'sister' - very happily married, but in their eyes, to a 'non-believer'. There were a few 'brothers' who actually flirted with me - one ended up serving in Bethel. :/ I can count on 3 fingers the brothers I would've trusted to never go over that line, and one was 80! Honestly, the khs are NOT morally 'cleaner' than any other religious sect or secular organsation. Even though it was due to all the hype in my study before baptism, I clearly expected too much from 'The Only True Religion'. sigh.

    Sorry, back to topic --- even I've said "I'm IN love with Jesus" - but it's not that kind of love - cosmic, not orgasmic. A friend of mine, recently widowed, voiced the same symbolic sentiment when she said that 'now Jesus is my husband', meaning that she's comforted in thinking of Jesus looking after her until/if she finds another life mate. I don't know anyone who takes it literally!

    I'm with whoever said that anyone who thinks like that needs therapy - quick!


  • jgnat

    http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=11 - Tammy Faye

    Sadly, I read that she passed away in 2007 from cancer.

  • Hortensia

    Poor Tammy Faye. We used to see her in the shopping mall in Palm Desert. The makeup was shocking -- it made her look mentally ill.

    I consider modern religious music to be very banal -- no talent in the composition, lyrics or voices. Maybe they're using sex to make otherwise bland music sound more appealing?

    Whatever, they don't have their heads screwed on straight.

  • yadda yadda 2
    yadda yadda 2

    This is an example of genuine anthropomorphic projection which is at the heart of all religion.

    Christians through such songs and evocative emotionalism are yearning to fill some basic human need related to familial love. The love of a missing or distant parent or big brother is vicariously provided through Jesus. There is no greater love than the love of a child for a parent and vica versa. This natural familial yearning set in the milieu of another powerful human social need, ie, that of yearning to belong to a community and being part of something bigger than ourselves provides an almost irresistible attraction. And add to that the desire all humans have at a deep-seated, almost atavistic level, of an uberman, a knight in shining armour, to come rescue and save them from this cruel world and their insipid suffering.

    Nevertheless, the suggestion there are erotic or romantic undertones is inappropriate and rather offensive, despite the almost double-entrede insinuations of the lovely-dovey lyrics of some modern contemporary rock/pop music.

  • cofty

    the suggestion there are erotic or romantic undertones is inappropriate and rather offensive,

    As I said to Abba, if you have a look at the blogs its an issue that is being discussed by plenty chritian authors.

  • fulltimestudent

    In this thread, abbasgreta expressed deep personal distress for the sentiments expressed by other Christians, saying:

    This "eroticism" credited to having an intimate relationship with Jesus is deeply offensive to me. The love for God and the love received from Him is pure and is as white as snow. Think of the love John had for the Lord, the expressions he used. I have to say some of the greatest male hymn writers who were of all ages speak of their adoration for Christ. Men love the Lord, it is a fact. To dare to credit them with somehow romantic undertones is unspeakable and, well, demonic. If a woman has romantic feelings for Jesus, then she needs spiritual help, and quick.

    Some other also expressed similar opinions!

    And, yet the use of sexually based illustrations is integrated into both Jewish and Christian tradition, which I'll go on to discuss. I forgot to mention in my last post on the expectations of the JW "anointed" that unforgettable (grin) song - 'Dear Shulamite Maiden,' ....

    "Dear Shulammite maiden, so lovely and fair,
    Your spiritual virtues are many and rare.
    Your speaking is pleasant, your charms a delight,
    Your fellowship holds me, beloved Shulammite."

    Thus speaks her Fine Shepherd, Christ Jesus her Lord,
    He wants her to share his eternal reward.
    And how does the fair one, so firm as a wall,
    Reply to her Lord, as a model for all?

    'Exclusive devotion is not up for hire,
    Since blazings of love are like blazings of fire.
    Unyielding as Sheol all true love will be,
    Like flame of Jehovah is your love for me.'

    Fair Shulammite remnant, temptations resist.
    Stay clean for your Bridegroom; on virtue insist.
    Your virgin companions that walk in your train
    Rejoice at your course and the prize you will gain.

    From the perspective of the 'Jesus is my boyfriend' Christians, "Dear Shulamite Maiden" is almost respectable isn't it?

  • J. Hofer
    J. Hofer

    damn you, now i got that melody in my head.

  • jgnat

    oxycontin. Maybe it's the motherly hormone.

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