Yesterday and today, trending on the Book of Face, is news that some more proof has surfaced that Jesus may have actually been married.
The proof is on a business card size piece of papyrus that was discovered in 2012 and immediately deemed a forgery. However, experts, scientists, and scholars have looked more closely at the grammar, the age of the paper, and the writing and have concluded that it is not a forgery.
?Back in 2012
Back in 2012, the evidence first was announced by Harvard School Of Divinity professor Karen L. King. It was swiftly denounced as a fake and a forgery by the Vatican and many others. The factors that led many to view it as a fake were as follows:
- The German donor was anonymous and had received it from somewhere else.
- The grammar and language of the time was felt to not have matched with the time period.
- It had yet to be tested and properly dated.
Since the first time it appeared, however, testing has been done and there have been closer examinations done of the piece of papyrus. It has been discovered that it is not a forgery.
So, what does this mean?
It really means whatever you want it to mean if you are a Christian or if you are another religion ?or have no religion. It doesn’t matter, except to the individual person, if it even does matter to them. And, please, note, according to King, it is not meant to provide proof that Jesus was married. It is just further proof that some early Christians believed that he was married.
The main point of the fragment.
The whole point of this, according to King, is that women have a place in the discipleship of Christ.
“The main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus — a topic that was hotly debated in early Christianity as celibate virginity increasingly became highly valued. This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus’ marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family.”
-Karen L. King, Harvard School of Divinity.
Christianity turning on its head.
There have been plenty of comments from various Christians that I have read on the stories (as linked above), calling this a lie, others have shrugged it off, saying it doesn’t matter, and others are still calling this piece into question.
There are people that seem to be in a panic over this, when it’s not the end of the world. (Pun intended.) Believe what you believe and go with it, while holding the message that Jesus taught and many others taught, close to your hearts of love and charity.
Edited/Published by: SB