Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Eunuchs In The Bible

Matthew 19:12 KJV
 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 it.

A eunuch is technically a male that has been castrated or at least that's how we in modern times perceive the meaning of eunuch to be. In the ancient world the term eunuch had a wider definition.

In biblical times, the term eunuch refers to men who have been castrated, men who have had their testicles and penis removed, men who were born deformed or incapable of having sex with women and fathering children, men who are celibate, and what we now would call gay men. Jesus must have included homosexuals into the category of eunuch and had this in mind when he spoke these words.

Acts 8:26-39 KJV
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

You may not believe me but the Ethiopian eunuch was likely also homosexual. Not only that but it's also more likely that Philip knew that this man was a homosexual. Now, it's hard to tell if this man was a homosexual. It's also possible this man had his penis removed. However, I tend to favor this man as being a homosexual. The reason being is that he was part of the court of the Queen. Back in those days there was fear that the royal court would try to sway the monarchy and gain power, possibly even overthrow it. So the normal routine was to have all of the males that served the king or queen intimately to not only be eunuchs but to go one step further and either have their penis removed as well as their testicles or to have them be homosexuals. The reason for this thinking was that they knew that castrated men can still have erections and still engage in sex. Not only can castrated men still engage in sex but it became vogue for women to prefer castrated men for sexual pleasure as castrated men do not ejaculate and thus can last a lengthy amount of time, long enough for the woman to orgasm and often multiple times. So to be absolutely sure that these eunuchs can not have any influence of the monarchy many of the court eunuchs either had their penis removed  or they were homosexual. So although I can't say for certain that this eunuch in the passages above was homosexual, what I can say is that there is a very good possibility that this man was homosexual. The implications are that Philip baptized a homosexual man who was brought into the Church without the need to repent or turn away from his sexuality. Of course the nasty fundamentalists would argue that this guy was not a homosexual at all.

Daniel, the same Daniel in the lion's den, was also most likely a eunuch (castrated). Daniel was also highly likely to have been homosexual (Dan.1:9). Because he served the king this would have been a requirement. Josephus, the famous historian of antiquity, said that Daniel and his friends were eunuchs.

Paul is also said to have been either a virgin or a eunuch. He could have chosen to be celibate for religious reasons. However, Tertullian flat out says that Paul was castrated. If Paul was in fact castrated it would help to explain his mind frame in which he wrote many of the books of the New Testament.

Perhaps the most famous eunuch of all is Jesus Christ. Jesus was a eunuch, the type that has forsaken sex and has chosen celibacy for religious purposes. However, it's also quite possible that Jesus was a homosexual. I know this is perhaps the worst blasphemy according to some but we at least have to entertain the idea.

John 13:23
Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

John 19:26
When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

John 21:7
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

John 21:20
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

So his is this mysterious "beloved disciple"? Traditionally, it's believed this is a reference to John the Apostle. The text makes it clear that Jesus had a special relationship with John, over and above the other disciples. What type of relationship though? This "beloved disciple" is very interesting but there's little evidence to suggest that Jesus was a homosexual. It's just that we need to be open to the possibility that he was.

I just think it's so funny that with Dan Brown's books came all these theories that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife. Nobody seemed to realize that there was perhaps a hint in the New Testament that Jesus may have been gay.

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