reply to post by WarriorOfLight96
Well it isn't really my logic. It's just the tradition. And I'm really referring to the reality, not the mythology. As a Jewish male, the
tradition was to marry before the age of 30. Rabbis and priests were all married at the time. The concept of celibacy didn't even appear in Church
documentation until the 4th century. So it seems reasonable to me that Jesus was probably married and that the Church simply covered it up for the
sake of convenience. Out of sight, out of mind, so to speak.
If you recall, Paul wasn't married and addressed this idea. He said it was much better not to marry if you in the ministry, but if you feel you must
marry, then marry.
Not all rabbis and priests were married, the only legal requirement was that if they were to be married, the Levites were not allowed to marry outside
the faith or from outside of one of the tribes of Israel.
Exactly...WarminIndy is right. Plus, important, this is the New Covenant, do not forget and...
I shared already, a major reason a discipline of the ministerial priesthood is celibacy, a priest can devote his time fully to spiritual needs of
souls in his care. Here 's more, Paul says it and see, from Our Lord Himself, celibacy is a higher state.
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"Paul’s basic concern is that to be married is to be distracted from the spiritual:
The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to
please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and
spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband (1 Cor. 7:32-34).
Though he is concerned about that division of heart, Paul denies that marriage is a sin. He merely insists that it is a lesser state in life than
consecrated celibacy: “So that he who marries his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better” (1 Cor. 7:38).
Paul gets this thinking neither from the Dark Ages nor as the result of repression but from a consecrated virgin named Jesus of Nazareth
like Paul, was unmarried and commended consecrated celibacy as a gift of God. That’s what he’s getting at in this incident from Matthew
“And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman
commits adultery.” The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.” But he said to them,
“Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs
who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to
receive this, let him receive it.”
Note how similar Paul’s thinking is to Jesus’. Marriage is a good thing but a difficult thing, to the degree that, when Jesus describes what
Christian marriage really entails, the apostles blanch and declare it is not expedient to marry. The summary of this passage: NOT everyone can choose
to be celibate, but those who can should, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. It’s exactly the same admonition as in 1 Corinthians: Marriage is
good, BUT celibacy is better.
Since Jesus is celibate, and since, as Paul says, celibacy for the sake of Christ is a higher state than marriage, and since a priest is an alter
Christus (“other Christ”) when he is standing in the place of Christ to celebrate the Eucharist (i.e., the marriage supper of the Lamb), we should
not be surprised that in antiquity the discipline grew up (spontaneously, from the grass roots) of more and more priests likewise choosing to be
The discipline was lived out in different ways, depending on where you were in the Church. In the East, priests but not bishops may marry. In the
West, priests and bishops are celibate. But much the same spirit was at work in both “lungs” of the Church. The idea was that celibacy is a higher
calling, as well as a superior practical arrangement, given the responsibilities of the priesthood."...