The Wayfarer's Creed

Why is a married Christ so threatening?

Posted on: 13 January 2007

Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Over the Holiday Break I was feeling a bit heretical and decided to read The DaVinci Code, and a similar book called the Expected One. One of the basic premises of these books, if you don’t know, is that Jesus of Nazareth married the woman named Mary Magdalene. In one of the books (I don’t remember which one) one of the characters asks a question amounting to, “Why is a married Christ so threatening to the Church?”

When I read this it sorta resounded with me. We as the Church so often make the claim that the Christ was fully God and fully Man. But do we really believe this? We so often minimize the fact that Jesus did live here on Earth for approximately 33 years. If he was fully Man, why wouldn’t he have gotten married? As Man, the Christ knew all the feelings and emotions that we do. He had to have felt some sort of romantic love. Not doing so would have been unhuman, completely contradicting what we are always saying. And it’s not like the sexual act and marriage are a sin. We are told that, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

And then the Apostle John states in his Gospel, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Is it possible that this marriage was so well known and assumed by the Christians of the day, that maybe the Gospel narrative doesn’t include it because there so many other things that needed to be told? Maybe the way that Dan Brown presents it isn’t 100% accurate, but should we dismiss this so quickly?

Peace and Love,

His Child, the Wayfarer

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1 Response to "Why is a married Christ so threatening?"

If Jesus married, he would have given a very potent sermon on marriage, which is something the Bible lacks in my admittedly limited experience. Even if the church wanted to supress the fact Jesus married, they surely would have moved the marriage sermon somewhere else.

But that’s beside the point. I don’t have a problem with Jesus having children, aside from my brain panicking about the idea of having descendants of the Saviour among us.

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