You may have heard about this story by Karen King, a historian of early Christianity, and the Hollis professor of divinity at Harvard Divinity School. There’s a line in which Jesus refers to “my wife.”
You can read the entire article here: http://news.yahoo.com/jesus-had-wife-newly-discovered-gospel-suggests-202727064.html
I won’t take the bait to argue one way or the other, the authenticity of this piece of papyra or what’s written on it. What I’d like to understand is, why does it matter if he had a wife or not? I heard one analyst say that it would change the way that women are treated and viewed in the church. Is that to say that women are to be treated differently in the church until further notice? It boggles my mind the contradictions I see taking place today from so-called believers of all religions for that matter. Love one another unless they don’t believe what you do. Treat everyone equally with love and kindness, unless they’re a woman or they’re a different color or make less/more money than you. And to make matters worse, more people believe this way than not. Can someone tell me what is gained from the oppression of anyone or anything other than resentment and disdain for the oppressor?
Our arrogance inhibits our growth. How can we still believe that the wrapper determines the contents? I would like to know who said that women are any less or more than men in the first place. What a self-centered, egotistical, progression prohibitive way of thinking. This was created by the might is right philosophy that has stifled human growth for far too long. The same as my race against yours, my politics against yours or my religion against yours. All are beliefs and all are subjective to one’s own view-point. This is what life seems to be based on; convincing others to see the world from your point of view. And where does “your” point of view come from? Oh yeah, from what someone else told you.
Who knows? Maybe having enemies and wars is the key to advancement. Afterall technology has developed at hyper speed over the past 100+ years due to national defense concerns in every country. Where will technology be in another 100 years…(if we’re still here)? It’s hard to imagine. My greatest fear is that technology will out pace our own development and will ultimately do us more harm than good.
There’s a scripture that reads: 1 Cor. 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I like to think that the meaning of love is simply to understand. No matter your faith, political view or race we are here in this place and time for only a short time; why not use it to understand why and finally live according to that purpose.