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The Doctrine of the Incarnation and the Fact About Jesus' Sexuality

November 09, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 84

Brown had raised several questions about the divinity of Jesus especially regarding His sexuality and the fact that he physically resurrected. Many Christians express their disgust and respond to the possibilities raised by Brown with such indignation. Many Christians would rather accept a lie to protect the sentiment of their traditional beliefs than face the fact of any historical evidence. Many do not have any profound reason to retain those beliefs, yet they are afraid to accept any radical change that may violate their sentiments. Richard Holloway in "Doubts and Love" called this a strong generic predisposition of christian fanaticism.

My focus in this short appraisal is to test the claim put forward by Brown that Jesus had sexual experiences (Please refer to the gospel according to Mary Magdalene); whether it dilutes the fact of the divinity of Jesus.

Brown's conjectures about the possibility of Jesus' sexual experience may not necessarily dilute the belief in the divinity of Jesus. It only attempts to change the way to believing in the divinity of Jesus. If Jesus was truly man, there may be nothing essentially wrong to imagine that he may have had sexual experiences (Brown) and this point does not intrinsically mean that his divinity is unjustifiable. In fact sex is part of being truly human; we only feel guilt about our sexual experiences because of our moral perversions.

Many Christians are afraid to confront the possibility of Brown's conjectures. Yet it is generally admitted that Jesus was, at least, truly man if not truly God. The fact of his true humanity gives evidence to the historical realities of his existence..."that he was born of a woman, lived in a society, had a vocation and experienced death". This sequence of events is experienced by every man living in history.

Whether or not there are historical evidences to support the claim of His sexuality, or the claim itself is a form of "doctrinal blackmail", it is still of no significant spiritual consequences. Sex, marriage and procreation are all human experiences. God created man with his sexuality. The reason for the incarnation may just be that: God entered human history as a man in Jesus; fully and truly man, to live and experience humanity, and justify the possibility of perfection in the human experience (be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect).

Sexuality is not essentially a sign of imperfection. Hence Christians need not fear to accept the possibility of Jesus sexual experiences whether or not it is true. In fact, it is a confirmation that Jesus actually had a place in the human history. It takes the fact of the incarnation beyond an exaggerated metaphor ('Elijah was a man like us'...likewise Jesus). That is, he experienced humanity.

It is only because many of us are blinded by the sentiments of our moral perversions that we unconsciously but actively deny the humanity of Jesus. The consequence of this attitude finds expression in the fact that, many of us Christians spend all the time talking about Jesus and our believe in Him instead of imitating his actions. It seems many of us are more of Jesus' advocates than Jesus-like people (Christians).

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