Chaplain’s Study of The Bible Reveals Jesus Was Gay, Committed to John
Paul Oestreicher is having a big month, maybe the biggest of his life. The Anglican priest, a chaplain at the University of Sussex, devoted his Good Friday sermon to a topic that had been weighing heavily on him for some time after careful study of the scripture.
The topic? Jesus was gay, and in a committed, sexual relationship with his beloved disciple John.
Even in the Anglican Church, free of several hundred years of the pretension weighing down the Roman Catholic Church, this sermon was more than enough to keep tongues wagging and feathers raised well after service ended that Friday. So Oestreicher took quill to paper – or fingertips to keyboard, really – and penned a followup explaining how he came to his position about Jesus and John for The Guardian.
Oestreicher explains that Jesus was most certainly a sexual being, because to have been devoid of sexuality would have made him inhuman – a heresy! And while biblical slash fiction enthusiasts may love casting Mary Magdalene as the Bellas to Jesus’ Edward, there’s simply no suggestion of this romance in the scripture. Instead, all signs point to John as Jesus’ sweet, sweet boo.
That disciple was John whom Jesus, the gospels affirm, loved in a special way. All the other disciples had fled in fear. Three women but only one man had the courage to go with Jesus to his execution. That man clearly had a unique place in the affection of Jesus. In all classic depictions of the Last Supper, a favourite subject of Christian art, John is next to Jesus, very often his head resting on Jesus’s breast. Dying, Jesus asks John to look after his mother and asks his mother to accept John as her son. John takes Mary home. John becomes unmistakably part of Jesus’s family.
Drop everything and go read Oestreicher’s case for a gay Jesus in its entirety at The Guardian. It’s both fascinating and completely accessible. Then come back here and tells us what you think about a Jesus and John bad romance, and exactly where Judas and Gaga both fit into all of this.
Do you think Jesus was gay? Was John his devoted partner? Was Mary the original PFLAG mom? Sound off in the comments below.
(via Guardian UK)