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Was Jesus Gay?

Was Jesus Gay?

If Jesus behaved today as he did as described in the bible, he would most certainly be labeled gay. There are two other related questions, was his sexual preference male and did he have sex with males. These two are much harder to answer. This question is in some sense meaningless since all evidence points that Jesus was a purely mythical character. It is like asking was superman gay? What I am really exploring is was Jesus, as a character in the bible, gay?

This essay is mostly based on a public post by Rafael Romero of Victoria BC.

Modern day Christians attempt to deter homosexuality by denying civil rights to gay citizens. This flagrantly violates the golden rule:Matthew 7:12, Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets, but that does not seem to put the slightest damper on any Christian’s righteous indignation.

Ironically, there is some evidence that Jesus himself was gay. I am not claiming Jesus was necessarily sexually active, only that his natural sexual orientation was toward males rather than females. There is no explicit mention of him having sex with anyone in the bible. The very notion of homosexual is a rather recent invention. Every society has quite different attitudes and taboos about same sex affection and sexual activity. What I am saying is that if Jesus were alive today, people would label him gay. His behaviour might have been considered well within male behaviour norms in his day. This essay then is more about how society’s standards of acceptable behaviour have changed since biblical times than about Jesus himself.

In other words, if Jesus came back today, the religious right would crucify him anew as a homosexual.

The Evidence

But Isn’t Homosexuality a Sin?

The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 to heterosexuals. This doesn’t mean God doesn’t love heterosexuals, it’s just that they need more supervision.
~ Lynn Lavner , a lesbian comic
Only the most diehard bigots consider homosexuality itself a sin, namely being sexually attracted to your own gender. The issue is about having sexual acts with members of your own gender.

Leviticus 20:13 is a the main biblical chestnut use to justify beating up, killing or even denying equal civil rights to homosexuals.

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
~ Leviticus 20:13
(literal word for word translation)
And a man who will lie down the man the woman’s naps abomination he does both-of-them death he will die their blood in them.

Clarity is not one of the deity’s major virtues. It’s almost as if God said Plant your rutabagas in a straight row and the overeager Christians took it to mean Kill all the homosexuals. It is worthy of Monty Python.

Note the other sins punishable by death in the old testament:

Bible Study Guide for dozens more

Why are the fundamentalists so lax about avoiding clear sins like gathering firewood and so ardent in prosecuting a questionable one — homosexuality. I am tempted to think they are the bad guys — the wolves in sheep’s clothing Jesus warned about in Matthew 7:15

Surely I’m not the first person to notice the Biblical verse:

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
~ Ezekiel 16:49
So sodomy is not defined as homosexuality after all as the religious right have been telling us. The bible defines it explicitly as something that sounds suspiciously like modern Kristian Republicanism i.e. a combination of four elements:
  1. pride
  2. gluttonous wealth
  3. idle wealth
  4. heedlessness to the plight of the poor

So fundamentalists have been lying to us about their own bible, in order to excuse their scapegoating homosexuals and excuse their own true sodomy.

Further, when I read the story of Lot in Genesis 19 for myself, I found the anal rape interpretation absurd, based on a middle English pun on the word know.

The much older Qur’an retells the same story with no rape, just xenophobia.

Check out Revelation 14:3-4 where it says the only ones who will make it to heaven are 144,000 male virgins. The only virgins you will find in our day are under puberty or are gay. This a is paedophile’s wet dream, mirroring the Islamic female virgins.

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne and before the four beasts and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
~ Revelation 14:3-4


If he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then he is a duck, (in all probability)… except, of course, if his name is Jesus. If someone today acted as Jesus did then, his behaviour would be suspect. Of course, Jesus can do no wrong, so if by some miracle God provided a photo of Jesus giving Lazarus a blow job, modern day Christians would rationalise it away that Jesus was merely cleaning Lazarus’s penis.

Blasphemy! you scream. Jesus was the son of God, for Heaven’s sake. He could not possibly be one of those lowly scum. He is a great king. If you are so sure Jesus could never be one of the lowly people of society, consider these two verses: Luke 2:7 and  Matthew 13:55.

Finally consider what Jesus had to say about the unclean outcasts of his own time in Luke 10:33-37. Pay particular attention to verse  10:37.

If you accept that Jesus chose to be born a lowly carpenter, does it not make sense he would also choose to be born a lowly homosexual. How else could he teach future generations to get over their hate and judgementalness?

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