This just in from the Drudge report…… Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife (and a female disciple). I suppose those of an anti-Christ persuasion think this will bring Christianity to it’s collective knees. Christians will leave their faiths in droves they will think. This is just the crack in the wall they can exploit. I can just see some of the most ardent detractors of religion rubbing their hands in glee. I hate to urinate on your Wheaties, but I’m reasonably sure that most Christians aren’t floored by this “new” line of thinking.
In the New Testament we’re told that there was a group of women who followed Jesus. They were in various and sundry locations but for sure they were there at the Crucifixion and some were there at the tomb. Some of them were probably family of both Jesus and his Apostles, some were just followers (and that makes them disciples ie followers of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought. In this case a personal follower of Christ (including his 12 apostles) during his life, and I would add any one who follows the doctrine of Jesus Christ to this day.
Anyone who calls himself a Christian is indeed a disciple. Some of us are good disciples who try to follow the doctrines laid out in the New Testament. Some of us are not as good. We’ve allowed the world to dictate to us the perimeters of our discipleship. Still men, women, children, rich, poor, educated or not if you claim a relationship to or with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ you are a disciple. So women even then could be disciples. They couldn’t be priest in the Temple because that was not a role assigned to them. If the “scholar” who has unearthed this find thinks that this will buttress the argument that women should hold the priesthood (to beat up the Catholics and Mormons -with members running for president/vice president) they’ll need to think again. There is no special training, not qualifiers for being a disciple save a belief in and on Jesus Christ as the Savior of Mankind.
As for the idea that Jesus was married. Personally I don’t care if he was or not. It would explain some things to me though.
1. Why did the early church find it necessary to suppress the importance of Mary Magdalene and emphasize the role of Mary the mother of Jesus.
2. In a time when single men and women didn’t travel together why was Mary (Magdalene or Lazarus’ sister) traveling with the Apostles.
3. Christ came to earth, was born in the common way, was presented at the temple, was Baptized, all things he shouldn’t have had to do. He was the Son of God. Sinless. Why should he have had to do these things? Well if He came here to fulfill all righteousness then why shouldn’t he fulfill ALL of the Sacraments including marriage. It is not right for man to be alone. If it’s not right then ……………
4. Whether or not Jesus was married has no impact on my faith,
” faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” Alma 32:21 (Book of Mormon)
I have faith because I have had the truth seared in my heart by the Holy Spirit. I know because I asked.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5.
So, I guess what I’m saying in 1.000 words or less is, this is a non story. It doesn’t make a difference in the message, nor does it make a difference in how I live my life. It doesn’t bring me closer to Christ nor does it put an impediment in the relationship I have with him. If, as I believe, he suffered for me in the Garden, he suffered for not just the sins of commission, he suffered for the sins of omission, he suffered for the offenses, the hurt feelings, the broken hearts, the mistakes, the failures, the inadequacies, the insecurities and all other “feelings” Satan can use to destroy faith. Before we come to him in agony he has already been there, he has already felt what we feel, he’s suffered what we suffer only he did it for everyone, disciple or not. It is truly humbling to know that one being was willing to lay down his life for us all. The debt we are to pay? Do the things God asks us to do, so that we will be happy, healthy and filled with joy.
It’s so very hard to do? That’s what the world would have us believe. I wonder just whose message we’re listening to.