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  •  Actually if he did, he seemed fine with it (5+ / 0-)

    If Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10 are to be understood as Jesus healing the younger same-sex lover of a Roman centurion, it seems Jesus was affirming of a loving same sex relationship and the gay centurion's faith in God:

    Both Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10 tell how a centurion asked Jesus to heal the young man referred to in Greek as his “pais.” The word was commonly used for the younger partner in a same-sex relationship. It is usually translated as boy, servant or slave. In recent years progressive Bible scholars have concluded that the centurion was in a homosexual relationship with the “slave who was dear to him” in the gospel story.

    Jesus was willing to go into the centurion’s house to heal his lover, but the centurion stopped him, saying, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

    Jesus marveled and told the crowd around him, “Not even in Israel have I found such faith!” To the centurion he said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And his boyfriend was healed at that moment.

    Scholars believe that “boy” was the centurion’s sex partner not only due to the word “pais,” but also because it is unlikely that a soldier would care so much about a mere slave. It was common in Greco-Roman culture for mature men to pair up with a young man as his lover.

    source: Jesus in Love Blog. See also Jesus affirmed a gay couple.

    "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

    by craigkg on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:54:02 PM PST

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    •  Well, he certainly didn't say anything (1+ / 0-)
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      directly negative. And I've heard some scholars believe that the strictures against homosexuality from Paul had more to do with Roman prostitution rather than any sort of committed same-sex relationship.

      Wasn't aware of that side of the story of the centurion though...definitely puts it in a different light. Thanks.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:40:28 PM PST

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