Was Jesus Married?

A few years ago when Dan Brown‘s book The Da Vinci Code was being made into a movie, I remember learning of this discussion by the major news media. At the time it had caught me off guard. I enjoy learning about my faith, and I had never heard a discussion regarding whether Jesus was married or not. Once I began to ponder the question, new questions formulated in my mind. “Why wouldn’t Jesus have married?” “Is there any conflict created if Jesus had been married?” “Would Jesus being married change my faith?”

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Recently the question has resurfaced. Yesterday morning one of my local television channel’s posted a link on Facebook to this story in the Washington Post. And by that afternoon media sites all over were talking about the supposed proof that Jesus was married. Here is the first article that I read:

The Washington Post – Health & Science

And the Cycle Begins Again…

It seems odd that these stories and accusation resurface so often. Those who are trying to push this view of Jesus are doing so to prove the Gospel to be false. The Bible makes no mention of Jesus being married, and I see no reason for the Bible’s omission of Jesus’ marriage unless it did not take place. The Christian faith believes marriage to a be a holy institution that was a gift to Adam and Eve and all of mankind. Jesus being married would not be sinful or destructive of the Gospel.

Not Just a Man

However, Jesus’ life had much more purpose than simply living a normal human life. Those who try to press that Jesus was married are doing so because they wish to prove that he was human and not God. In the Gospels, Jesus blatantly teaches that he is the divine Messiah, and God. Jesus came to earth to fulfill the Law and to be the sacrifice for our sins. Although a marriage would not have kept him from his work… I can’t imagine he would marry knowing the pain that his wife would go through when he died a martyr. The reason some are trying to prove that Jesus was married is because they do not want to believe that there is a God, they do not wish to believe that Jesus was divine. It does not fit into their world view to believe that Jesus was resurrected from his death and burial. They want to believe that Christianity is a fairy tale that was created to control society. They believe that if they can make Jesus a normal Jew, they can strip him of his historical importance, deny his sacrifice and resurrection, prove the Bible false, turn our early church leaders into snake-oil salesmen and finally be rid of Christianity. After all if Jesus was not divine than all who associate themselves as his followers are wasting their lives.

There are many problems to their way of thinking. One, the Bible is made up of 66 manuscripts that are THE most verifiable documents in history. Both the Old and New Testaments have been proven to be accurate by history and archeology.

Two, the early church leaders did not make up Christianity’s beginnings to control society. If they were they did a poor job of crafting the story. There is WAY too much incriminating evidence that would have been humiliating to the early church. You read stories of the disciples failures and mistakes… propaganda does not include such stories.

Three we know that Jesus lived and we know that the tales of his miracles were believed by those who hated him. His miracles and statements about being God are why he was murdered on the cross. His very execution can be seen as proof to his claims. We also know that the Romans could not explain the disappearance of his body. We know that hundred reported to have seen Jesus in his resurrection and many saw him ascend from earth.

Not Just a Good Story of a Good Man

The Gospel of Christ is not a fictional epic that was made up and passed through the centuries as a good story. It is not like the mythologies of Greece. We know that Jesus lived, died, was resurrected and ascended. With all of the accumulated knowledge and proof of the Gospel, it is laughable to say that one writing on a papyrus supposedly written during the 4th century (That is three to four hundred years after Christ by the way, for those of you using CE instead of AD). To say that one writing is as important as the volumes of information that we have from the time that contradicts what this one piece says, is asinine.

This is similar to saying that we now have proof that Abraham Lincoln was a vampire hunter because this past year a film was distributed that said he was. Or that John F. Kennedy started the moon race because he knew transforming robots had crash landed on the moon’s surface. Both events happened within two hundred years from present day, and both of these stories have documentation that is more easily found. .

Here is an article that was published yesterday that raises questions on the authenticity of the papyrus.

Washington Post – Fraud

Don’t allow these stories to cause you to experience an emotional reaction. These stories have two objectives. One, to place doubt in those whose faith is not yet strong. And two, to cause hateful reactions that prove Christians to be… well, hateful. Try to remain calm, and allow this news to open doors of compassion for a hurting world.

UPDATES

Christian Scholars Not Fazed By ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

One Response to Was Jesus Married?

  1. So the so-called Gospel of Jesus’s wife is in the news again. Check out this article in Christianity Today.

    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/april-web-only/gospel-of-jesus-wife-nicholas-perrin.html

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