posted on Feb, 24 2013 @ 04:52 AM
reply to post by benrl
I was responding to your assertion that The bible specifically says that a Leader of a church should be Married and mange his own family well.
I just showed you that the Bible doesn't "specifically" say that... and on the contrary, teaches that celibacy is preferable, (in certain verses.)
Apart from Pauls verses in 1 Corinthians 7, there is also this from Jesus...
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of
men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive
Obviously he did not mean literally becoming eunuchs, but by being AS eunuchs... not being diverted by sex.
And then we read in revelations about the 144,000.
4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins.
My point being....the idea that celibacy is preferable is very much Biblical... and not some foreign influence, as you and Disraeli have asserted.
If you suspect celibacy came from Roman religions, then you should know that Roman influence on the Biblical faith started
ever since Constantine made it the state religion. The Roman also organized the Council of Nicea which framed Christian theology as we know it,by
votes... and not by what the Bible actually teaches. The Roman influence on Christianity is not just limited to the Catholic branch. But thats a
different topic altogether.
None of which addresses the female nun aspect which matches several roman religions that had female priestess who where to remain celibate for
they recognize paul yet their "Traditions" Contradict their bible which they recognize as divinely inspired and includes pauls
The Catholic practice of celibate priests shows they are following Pauls teachings... at least the part about how celibacy is preferable. Whether or
not some Catholic priests are good at being celibate is a different issue. But the point is that celibacy being "better" is a biblical teaching.
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