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Jesus may have been progressive in more ways than one, according to a new billboard in Auckland. The St Matthew in the City billboard, which is released each Christmas, this year depicts the baby Jesus in his crib surrounded by a halo of rainbow colours. "It's Christmas," the billboard reads. "It's time for Jesus to come out." Reverend Glynn Cardy said the sign was about trying to lift the humanity of Jesus. "The fact is we don't know what his sexual orientation was." While some conservative Christians might point to the more absolutist parts of the Old Testament as proof of the Messiah's sexual preferences, Cardy said that homosexuality was not even a word until the 19th century. Any mention of it would therefore have been a mistranslation.
Jesus was a Hebrew rabbi. Unusually, he was unmarried. The idea that he had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene is the stuff of fiction, based on no biblical evidence. The evidence, on the other hand, that he may have been what we today call gay is very strong. But even gay rights campaigners in the church have been reluctant to suggest it. A significant exception was Hugh Montefiore, bishop of Birmingham and a convert from a prominent Jewish family. He dared to suggest that possibility and was met with disdain, as though he were simply out to shock.
That disciple was John whom Jesus, the gospels affirm, loved in a special way. All the other disciples had fled in fear. Three women but only one man had the courage to go with Jesus to his execution. That man clearly had a unique place in the affection of Jesus. In all classic depictions of the Last Supper, a favourite subject of Christian art, John is next to Jesus, very often his head resting on Jesus's breast. Dying, Jesus asks John to look after his mother and asks his mother to accept John as her son. John takes Mary home. John becomes unmistakably part of Jesus's family.
Originally posted by citizenoftheworld
I do not believe in Jesus or God for that mather so I don't really care about it if he was. But here are some interesting quotes from an article.
Jesus was a Hebrew rabbi. Unusually, he was unmarried.
Originally posted by DPrice
Of course he was gay, he wasn't married and hung around with lots of unmarried men. Bent as a nine bob note.