Religion is a touchy subject, and people are very protective of their faith. They cling to the doctrines and refuse to hear any evidence or theory that pokes holes in it. The Bible, too, is a very touchy subject. The Bible was written thousands of years ago, and it was voted on in the Council of Nicaea. Since then, scrolls have surfaced that appear to be written by disciples of Jesus Christ. They have been scientifically proven to be of that time—but because they don’t say exactly what the Church wants them to, they were denounced and that’s the end of the story.
The topic of Jesus and if he was married has been brought up a lot, and naturally, it’s always dismissed. Jesus wasn’t married, so sayeth the Church, so it’s done. Mary Magdalene was a whore and nothing more. It doesn’t matter that there are documents that claimed she was a disciple, that Jesus loved her, that Jesus may have even married her. No. She was a whore.
Generally, the Bible paints women as whores and problems. If you go by that book, we are bigger sinners and demons than any other creature combined. Hell, we’re even responsible for original sin. We started sin. Women cannot hold any position of power within the church. Priests and Nuns cannot be married. The Catholic Church will say they can’t be married because their hearts belong to God, but if you do the research, Priests were married men in the first century.
Jesus himself said (according to the Bible) “Do not deprive one another except perhaps by agreement for a set time, to devote yourselves to prayer, and then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. This I say by way of concession, not of command. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has a particular gift from God, one having one kind and another a different kind. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.”
It’s not until the fourth century that celibacy became mandated. Some say it’s due to greed. If people that work for the church have no heirs when they pass, all they own goes back to the Church. There’s a lot of back and forth on these things and it’s about to get…
… even worse.
A scrap of papyrus has been found and this discovery has been made pubic—in Rome. Karen L. King is a historian and the first woman to hold the nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity, according to her the papyrus is written in Coptic, an Egyptian language that uses Greek characters — and more precisely, in Sahidic Coptic, a dialect from southern Egypt. It was written in the fourth century and the words written say, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…” it also contains the phrase, “she will be able to be my disciple”. It goes on to say, “My mother gave to me life,” and “Mary is worthy of it,” which resemble snippets from the Gospels of Thomas and Mary.
Those gospels were kept out of the Bible. Maybe they were kept out because it proves that Jesus was just a dude. He was a man. Of course he liked women … he had a lot of love to give. In that time period it would’ve been very odd for a man to not be married. It’s not far-fetched to think that Jesus was married and still spread the word of God, love, kindness, and understanding. Is it?
It has been tested and the findings are that this is not a fake. King says, “This fragment suggests that some early Christians had a tradition that Jesus was married,” King said. “There was, we already know, a controversy in the second century over whether Jesus was married, caught up with a debate about whether Christians should marry and have sex.” She cautions that this fragment should not be taken as proof that Jesus was actually married. More that at some point people believed he was and that didn’t change their belief in him, God, or the Church.
This opens the door to progression, which the Church seems to shy away from. It will be interesting to see what happens next. King’s findings and theories will be published in The Review in January.
This debate has gone on for a long time within the church and within the followers. It was made popular by Dan Brown and his novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ but King said she wants nothing to do with that. “At least, don’t say this proves Dan Brown was right.”
The point is it doesn’t matter who’s wrong and who’s right. It’s not a battle. All this does is prove that we are all equal. That Jesus saw people. He loved people. He didn’t see female, male, gay, straight, brown, black, white, green. Isn’t the basis of religion anyway? Isn’t the golden rule “treat those how you would like to be treated”?
I’m not sure why the Church is so afraid of women. What do they think will happen if we’re allowed to spread the word of God? Opening the doors to acceptance, to understanding, to love is never a bad thing. I’m hoping this piece of papyrus does just that. It’s 2012, time to change. It’s time to open your eyes and see that the God is love, God is kindness, God is understanding, God is forgiving, God is progressive. God loves all his children and all his children were made in his image. That’s what the Bible says.