Being Gay at the Time of Christ

Posted: January 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

I have for many years pondered Jesus’ words in Matthew 19.12

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.

Many people claim Jesus never said anything about LGBT issues. But this verse, is in fact proof he did. To remind you, Stephen told a Eunuch about Christ in the book of acts.

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So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,

Let’s start by looking at the different types of Eunuch and that strange word that were around at the time of Christ, this can be done by looking at Roman Law at the same time.

TO understand the history of the word let’s look at this study http://www.well.com/~aquarius/cardiff.htm 

What is clear from Roman Law and ancient tradition that a gay man was seen as  a Eunuch, however they may still marry women but remain celibate, the keys are where a woman would buy a Eunuch and have to pay a dowry if he still had genitalia.

At the time of Christ it was quite likely that little gay Bobby may come out to his parents by saying “Mummy, Daddy, I’m a Eunuch”. There were different levels of Eunuch as well. There were those, who were castrated by men, those born like it < probably gay.

So Jesus probably actually did talk about gay people, but in a matter of fact way. He didn’t condemn them but just said “this is the way it is”.

Now let’s think about that Ethiopian Eunuch.

Firstly – he cannot have been one with “crushed genitals” because the Bible says he was on his way to worship and a “castrated” Eunuch would hot have been able to go into the temple to worship.

Duet 23:1 “No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord. Ergo, had this Eunuch been in that position, why would he even bother going to Jerusalem if he would not have been able to worship in the Temple.

More likely, he was a “Born that way” Eunuch. Could it be that one of the first followers of Christ after his resurrection was in fact a gay man?

We will never ofcourse know for sure, but I hope you see there are some pretty strong arguments I think.

 

 

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