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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Jesus and the Eunuchs

I keep getting drawn back to Matthew 19: 10-12. Jesus has jsut responded to a track question by the religious leaders with a truthful, but thought provoking answer. He says the ever quoted phrase, "What God has joined together, man should not separate." This is often used to indicate that Jesus was anti-divorce. But that's not what he says. He says that God can join two people together and only God should separate two people. To say that marriage is always and only an act of God and divorce is always and only an act of man is presumptuous and irrational. I do believe God divorces couples. I truly believe God blessed my divorce. In fact it was his idea!!

Now about eunuchs. During Jesus day there, a eunuch was anyone not interested in women. Today we only think of castrated eunuchs. But homosexuals were commonly called eunuchs. The third type of eunuch is someone like Christ himself who forsake relations with a female to strengthen their relationship with God. Modern priests could be considered similar eunuchs. There was never an assumption that a man could be sterile - all fertility problems were blamed on ibarren women. And a man born without testicals is so rare as to be considered non-existent.

So here's the way Matthew 19: 10-12 reads:

10 The disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry."
11But He said to them, "Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given.
12"For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it."


Let me suggest a modern interpretation of what Jesus was saying understanding eunuchs the way society did.

The disciples said to him, “…it must be better not to marry.”

Jesus said, “Some men need to have a wife. But not everyone can accept the traditional male role. For there are men born without interest in women such as homosexuals, there are men who have been castrated by other men, and there are men who decide to remain celibate to bring them a closer relationship with God.”


I really believe Jesus is acknowledging that gays are born not made. And, the DaVinci Code notwithstanding, this is probably also an answer to the endless challenges Jesus likely faced by being unmarried.

9 Comments:

Blogger Sarvesh said...

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2:49 PM  
Blogger Sarvesh said...

Dude, Marriage is covenant of God between Man and Women not between person of Same Sex ok.

As I wrote on my blog that after creating Man, God realize that Man needs a suitable partner than he saw every where, everyone of his creature but He did not find any.

Why not at that moment God created another man for his partner?

but not, Because he was looking for the stuitable partner for man then He created women which was suitable for the man.

Than he said to both of them that go and fruitfull. How can a couple of same sex can be fruitful? Never? Never?

So marriage is covenant betwennt Man and Women.

Joshua

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Jones said...

Scott, what a refreshing blog to come across! i typed in 2 words: gay and christian and yours was the first blog to appear.

i too am a gay christian. happily partnered with another gay christian who chooses to live a quiet simple life.

God bless you in your journey...wherever it leads.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Hi,

I'm a gay man who is,...shall we say lost. There are moments that I have no idea whether I'm coming or going.

I'm also a father. Which brings up some interesting questions, but that is a fact of my existance.

You have a wonderful site here. I enjoyed reading the few articles so far. I'll definetly be back again.

Thank you for making things so accessible to those of us who are having...difficulties is finding our niche in religion and other things as well.

Talk to you soon.

ps, I have a blog as well. If you'd like the address just let me know. I keep it private mostly now-a-days.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Stuffed Animal said...

Scott, we are brother eunuchs who have discovered the truth about ourselves. Eunuchs by birth, and the priestesses called Lesbians who are their counterparts, are beings who have been blessed by God. And there is so much more to discover, such as this scripture from Isaiah 56:3-5: ". . . and do not let the eunuch say "I am just a dry tree." For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off."

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3:30 PM  
Blogger Rick Brentlinger said...

Good information - thanks for your writings on Jesus and Eunuchs.

I believe that many of the eunuchs mentioned in scripture were "born eunuchs," men who were physically intact and capable of procreation but who were uninterested in sexual relationship with a woman.

Eunuch, in history and in scripture, was an ancient synonym for homosexual.

I have extensive information available free online at this address:

http://www.gaychristian101.com/Eunuchs-Are-Gay.html

Keep walking with the Lord.

Your brother in Christ,

Rick Brentlinger
http://www.gaychristian101.com

3:38 PM  
Blogger a guy said...

What you're doing is called eisegesis, reading your own wishes and meaning into the text, rather than "exegesis", drawing the meaning out; "eunuch" has nothing to do with homosexuality, (which, incidentally, Romans itself says God himself gives people over to, to depraved minds).

"Eunuch" is a very basic word, in ancient times, it is used of castrated men, and it is used of "officers"; officers were often castrated under the assumption it would pacify them and make them less prone to sexual advances on female servants, family, etc..

Because of this, it became closely associated with anyone generally placed in "officer" or officer-like positions, and began to be used of them even when they weren't castrated. In fact, you can find examples of this in the OT as well.

As for you, the text warns that men who twist scripture do this to their own destruction (2 Peter), and lays nothing else other than the command to those in sin to repent, and a warning that these things will be judged by God, because he's impartial in judgment (Romans 2).

If I were you, I'd repent and actually believe.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

For one description of the term eunuch (not the one I originally used) which includes homosexuality see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunuch

12:06 PM  
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